While President Barack Obama may be aiming for massive gun control reform following the tragedy Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association seems to be taking a different approach. A video game was released Wednesday, titled “NRA: Practice Range,” for iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices.
The game allows players to shoot at nonhuman targets, both indoors at a gun range and outside, but not before giving a gun safety tip. The game’s developer, MEDL Mobile, claims the game is an officially licensed NRA product, which quickly led to criticism.
The LA Times reports a member of the Newtown Police Commission, Joel Faxon, believes, “It’s almost like they are antagonizing the victims, and that is repulsive to me.” Additionally, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy asked at a news conference, “How tone-deaf can you be?”
The game, which is classified for users 12-years-old and up, is a puzzling move given comments made by Wayne LaPrierre, NRA Chief Executive, following the Sandy Hook tragedy. “And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal,” LaPierre said, “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games.”
The NRA has yet to comment on the game or the criticism they are receiving for it.