The NRA Teaches Your 4-Year-Old How To Shoot With New iPhone Game

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The National Rifle Association has launched a new iPhone app that teaches users how to shoot a virtual firearm at a practice range. Titled NRA: Practice Range and developed by MEDL Mobile, the app offers a “3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations.” Anyone can play it… providing you’re aged four or above.

That’s right — the app is aimed at users aged just four and above.

It doesn’t just allow you to shoot things; according to the app’s description, it’s “the NRA’s new mobile nerve center,” where you’ll find “one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources.” All of these things are available via the app’s main menu, but as noted by The Next Web, all they do is link to the relevant sections of the NRA’s website.

The focus of the app is clearly the firing range, then, which offers three different game modes, including indoor range, outdoor range, and skeet shoot. There’s nothing really violent about it — apart from all the guns, of course — but you don’t shoot people or animals. It also attempts to educate users with a number of gun safety tips and facts on each loading screen.

But despite all this, it still seems strange that the app is aimed at anyone aged four and up. It comes at a time when there’s a lot of focus on the NRA and U.S. gun laws following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut last month. As The Appside puts it: “Is now the best time for a National Rifle Association (NRA) 3D shooting game? We’d suggest not.”

  • DrM47145

    Brilliant… Let’s keep on culturing the future generation of Adam Lanzas.

  • B066Y

    Brilliant… Let’s keep on culturing the future generation of Adam Lanzas.

    Let me guess, you would prefer we give up our right to self-defense…guns aren’t the problem…people are the problem.

  • Hurley

    I love the MSN style of reporting here lol. “Aimed at 4yr olds…” Just because a game is rated for 4 and up doesn’t mean it was “Aimed at them”. I’m sure as soon as mainstream media quits using conjecture, sensationalism, and general …made up reporting, people will begin regaining a sense of reality.
    Unfortunately, I don’t believe this will ever happen, as there will always be money to be made from it.

  • AClements

    Where is the societal outrage over the games where the objective is to shoot people instead of targets? I’m not a fan of the modern NRA, but I’m siding with them here. If you’re a fan of first-person shooters, you’re a hypocrite if your issue is with targets.

  • extra_medium
    Brilliant… Let’s keep on culturing the future generation of Adam Lanzas.

    Let me guess, you would prefer we give up our right to self-defense…guns aren’t the problem…people are the problem.

    So let’s get rid of all the people?

  • andyc2013

    Just because an app has “NRA” in the title does not mean that it was produced or released by the NRA. As far as I can tell, the NRA has only released two apps: one for NRA news and another that is a guide to various guns. It is possible, I suppose, that the NRA contracted a third-party for the app but I find that highly doubtful. Even if they did contract out the development, they would release it under their name.

    In short, the reporting is a bit misleading and the reaction is completely overblown.

  • Ed_Kel

    Gosh damnit CoM! It’s a never-ending barrage of leftist propaganda that even this website is sipping into. Please, keep it techno-based and let the politicizing be handled by political sites/pundits. There is no reason for this article, even that it’s about an iPhone app.

  • extra_medium

    The problem with this style of fake reporting and false self-righteous indignation over nothing is that it leaves you nowhere to go if the NRA (or someone) actually does make “Barney’s family gun time shoot’em up” someday. You know as well as a 4 year old that the arbitrary age rating given an app is based on many factors and doesn’t mean its directed towards kids.

  • B066Y

    So let’s get rid of all the people?

    No, educate the people and hold them responsible for their actions, stop the culture of zero responsibility that has blossomed in the US. Improve mental healthcare but at the same time don’t use mental illness as an excuse for committing criminal acts.

  • joewaylo

    Shooting bullets into coffins? Brilliant.

  • DigitalBeachWar

    Wayne LaPierre blames film and video games for violence in that ridiculous press conference and now this?!

  • copperbum
    Brilliant… Let’s keep on culturing the future generation of Adam Lanzas.

    Let me guess, you would prefer we give up our right to self-defense…guns aren’t the problem…people are the problem.

    A gun is not a form of self defence. It is used to kill. Guns are indeed the problem, and the way you think is also a problem.

  • Gary

    The guy’s from the UK, what do you expect? He has no understanding of, or respect for, our 2nd Amendment. Although he should:

    “In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from Great Britain to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents….”

    The NRA shouldn’t roll over for the whiners, especially those from the UK like Piers Morgan and this guy. The app (and it appears indeed to have been sponsored by the NRA) is about as far from the graphic games they criticize as ‘The FBI with Efrem Zimbalist Jr.’ is from ‘Natural Born Killers’. And even if it was to be used by a 4 y/o, how is that somehow worse than their harmless (up until now anyway, check back in 2 weeks) use of squirt guns and suction cup dart guns, which are routinely shot directly at Dad and the dog?

  • AstronautJonze

    I’m guessing the author has never played Duck Hunt. Based on the commentary, Nintendo should probably re-rate it as a “Mature” game.

  • B066Y

    A gun is not a form of self defence. It is used to kill. Guns are indeed the problem, and the way you think is also a problem.

    I guess you and I will have to agree to disagree. But yes, when using a gun in self defense the point is to scare, hurt or kill the criminal you are defending yourself from. I’m sorry if you feel that I should let a criminal kill me rather than me kill them.

  • technochick

    As an American I actually agree with folks like Piers that feel that the 2nd Amendment shouldn’t give folks the right to buy assault rifles etc just cause. I also agree that it is inappropriate for a game like this to be rated as appropriate for young kids. Children that young should be taught that guns are tools for very specific reasons, by a responsible adult. NOT toys to play games with, if only to prevent them from shooting themselves etc

  • Bruce Schrock

    The UK has a strict gun ban. And their violent crime rate is up to 10 times as that of the US…. need i say more

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