The NRA have been vocal on their thoughts about video games and the entertainment media’s portrayal of gun violence – particularly with the recent and tragic shootings in Connecticut. That makes the following all the more bizarre.
Through MCV, we have learned that the National Rifle Association of the United States of America has released an iOS app called; NRA: Practice Range. The game, which has been developed by Medl Mobile, is an FPS style game that simulates a shooting range. The alarming thing about all this – on the App Store, its content is appropriate for ages 4 and up.
When Medl Mobile were asked about the age rating on Twitter, they said “the NRA app is to promote gun safety, not ‘for kids aged 4+.” The content isn’t graphic as you’re shooting inanimate targets, but it’s still strange that the organisation would attach their name to a video game that’s rated 4+, where you’re shooting a gun.
The app itself is free, but does have some micro-transactions available for those that want to try out other weaponry such as an MK11 sniper rifle.
I’m at a loss for words, to be honest.