One month ago today, 20 first graders were killed at their elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Ever since, the National Rifle Association has blamed old-school video games and years-old Hollywood movies for the shootings, and the gaming industry is very much trying to defend itself. Well the NRA may have put itself back on its lobbying heels, because they introduced a crude new first-person shooter of their own for the iPhone and iPad last night, which the NRA's mobile developers — and Apple — say is appropriate for children ages four and up. The reaction has been as swift and loud as the gameplay, which includes virtual assault rifles for purchase within the app.
The iTunes preview page for NRA: Practice Range touts the free app as "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." But, really, it's more of a target-practice game that allows you to shoot targets like this:
Those are some strange looking targets. We're not completely sold that they're "coffin-shaped," but that's what Think Progress's Annie-Rose Strasser sees. And the only commenter on the iTunes page thus far has a simple message: "Your monsters" [sic].