Unless you've been living under a rock, we assume you've heard about the Sandy Hooks shooting, not to mention all the other incidents that took place shortly before and after. Well, as the US is caught up in the ongoing struggle over stricter gun laws, the NRA (National Rifle Association), being the sensitive blokes that they are, released a shooting game for iOS, titled NRA: Practice Range. You know, after they blamed video games for all the gun violence.
See, the app was actually given an original rating of 4+, but after a whole lot of controversy and negative attention, Apple decided to bump that rating up to 12+ for its "Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence." For those unaware, there is another rating in between, for ages 9+.
Either way, some feel that this new rating still isn't enough, given the recent socio-political climate in the States. New York senator Charles Schumer remarked:
"Apple did the right thing by acknowledging that this game isn't for young children, but should go farther and make the restrictions as tight as possible. The NRA has acted in an unbelievably hypocritical fashion by blaming the nation's gun violence on video games and movies, then coming out with a game for children featuring assault weapons. Apple should not facilitate children using it."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg had his own thoughts on the matter too, stating:
"It is the height of hypocrisy. If you remember the head of the NRA's speech on television, he blamed violent children's games for causing things like the terrible tragedy in Connecticut.
"One month and one day or maybe one month to the day, the NRA comes up with its own violent app. I don't know what else to say. I don't know how to describe it. The PR, the stupidity of doing it, is just mind-boggling."
Following the 12+ rating, Apple has a 17+ and then "no rating." While I'm not exactly a huge fan of the NRA or this app (Too soon, guys!), you could do a whole lot worse than just shooting targets and other inanimate objects.
NRA: Practice Range apparently includes safety tips for handling guns and access to a gun law database. According to the app's description, it "strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education.”