NRA Launches Shooting App for iOS

The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently launched NRA: Practice Range, a MEDL MOBILE-developed iOS game simulating the practice range experience.

The App Store's description for the app calls it "the NRA's new mobile nerve center, delivering one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources." To be fair, the app does offer all of the information as detailed above and gun safety tips are splashed on loading screens for the gun range. However, the obvious focus of the app is for the game, as everything included under "NRA Info" links to the NRA website and is not located in the app itself.

For the game itself, users have the ability to choose between the indoor range, the outdoor range, or skeet shoot. Users then use the phone's accelerometer to aim and shoot at the designated targets.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, the NRA came under heavy fire for advocating gun rights. NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre decided to deflect some of the blame onto violent videogames, stating, "There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people," and pointed to games such as Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, and Mortal Kombat as examples.

LaPierre's comments seem just a little ironic now that the NRA's released a shooting game of its own.

 

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  • A shooting range game ain't nothing compared to THE BULK of the games that are out there, in fact, it sounds boring as hell...
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  • I blame video games entirely for every single act of violence.
    After all, before video games nobody killed ANYONE.
    Just look at WWII. Hitler was playing FPS' since he could sit in a chair! The result: 60+ million dead.

    I mean... just look at the link. Gun homicides are just up, up, and out of control!
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Ushomicidesbyweapon.svg

    Wait, what?
    They aren't out of control. Firearm homicides have halved in the last 10 years, despite the population AND gun ownership growing. But how can that be?

    Even the total number of violent crimes is down ~20% in the last 5 years according the the FBI, again, despite the increasing population.

    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/violent-crime/violent-crime-offense-figure

    Scary stuff!

    Why don't we worry about something that actually kills LOTS of people.
    The CDC reports that ~44 people die EVERY HOUR in the USA due to smoking, and that excludes 2nd hand smoke. Thats a little under 400,000 deaths a year.
    Or heart disease: 597,689
    Cancer: 574,743
    Hell, Influenza and Pneumonia kill 50,097 a year.
    Or maybe look at motor vehicle fatalities, that took over 12,000 lives... in 1920.

    Yet here we are, pi$$ing our pants about 11,000 firearm homicides a year.
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    LaPierre's comments seem just a little ironic now that the NRA's released a shooting game of its own.

    I disagree, a simulated shooting range is very different from the simulated violence and depravity in games like Grand Theft Auto.
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    LaPierre's comments seem just a little ironic now that the NRA's released a shooting game of its own.

    I disagree, a simulated shooting range is very different from the simulated violence and depravity in games like Grand Theft Auto.
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  • A shooting range game ain't nothing compared to THE BULK of the games that are out there, in fact, it sounds boring as hell...
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  • Ever played a Cabela's Hunting Game? One of the most boring experiences out there.
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