Apple Revises Age Guidance For iOS NRA Shooting App, Petition For Removal Appears

Only twelve and up, sorry.

Only twelve and up, sorry.

As we reported a couple of days ago, the iOS game from the National Rifle Association (NRA), NRA: Practice Range, has been coming under fire from various media outlets and political organizations for being a shooting game that is rated for anyone four years of age and up.

Apparently, Apple heard some of the outcry, and revised the rating in the App Store, which now says the shooting game is “Rated 12+ for the following: Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence.”

Furthermore, a new petition on signon.org, a user-created petition site associated with political action group MoveOn.org, is calling for the game to be removed from the App Store completely, saying that “the app itself is shameless, insensitive and counterproductive, whether played by a 4-year-old or a teenager.” The petition finishes with a request to Apple to remove the app from the App Store.

The petition itself so far has 1,528 signatures of a total 2,000 sought as of the time of this writing. The iTunes app store has over 700 five star reviews, and close to 400 one star reviews, reflecting a clearly politicized consumer base. The total 1446 Ratings for the game are averaged, however, for a 3.5 star rating overall for this version.

While changing the rating for the game may have a limited effect, as many children download all sorts of games from the App store without any parental supervision, at least Apple took the step and changed the rating to something just a bit more realistic. However, there are plenty of games on iOS that use guns and violence to a greater extent than this NRA app does. Removing this one app, or even the slew of other apps that represent guns in a variety of gratuitous or responsible ways, will not change the real fact that our society is going through a significant discussion of guns and their role in our world. It’s only fitting that the App Store would reflect the larger societal concerns as it comes to have more and more visibility in our culture as a whole.

Related
  • Avenged110

    People bitch way too much nowadays about the most meaningless stuff. Apparently, some people have nothing better to do with their time, which is sad.

  • Avenged110

    Are we going to start petitioning that Apple remove the numerous fart apps due to their meaningless, degrading, and counterproductive nature? Common sense is a wonderful thing.

  • philbert81

    Lets start a partition to end free speech wile we are at it.

  • RyanLochte14

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)
    http://goo.gl/w8tWp

    Happy New Year!

  • B066Y

    “Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence”

    Really, you are shooting inanimate objects on a range. There is nothing intense or violent about this app.

  • FriarNurgle

    Everyone is super sensitive right now. Even if this is an over reaction, at least it helps spotlight the gun violence issue and gets people talking. I won’t begin to pretend to have all the answers but hopefully in time with more discussion and thought we can decrease gun shootings.

    Regarding the app, I can see what the NRA was attempting to accomplish with potentially helping to educate folks on guns and gun safety, but the execution and timing of the app will be debated for a while. Apple’s age guidance change will also be debated… but even the Nintendo Wii’s Chicken shoot game has a 10+ age rating. Think it is up to the parents which seems to be a challenge in this day and age. Many just hand their kids the gadget or controller and give them free range to do whatever they want. Only issue is that you can’t force people to be better parents. At least putting a proper age limit on these games might help. The NRA app originally had a 4+ rating. That seems a bit too young to be using a realistic shooting range game. Not like they could even read the safety tip pop ups. People talk about games desensitizing kids to violence. Seems like a shooting range glamorizes the act by giving it a point/reward system. All of this can be good or bad. The main point is that parents need to take a better active role in what their kids are doing.

  • Gary

    Violence? To a target? I think we can all agree this app wouldn’t get any attention whatsoever minus the NRA connection. Compared to the horrible shocking graphic simulated murder and maim games out there, this thing is like tiddly-winks, however the heck you spell that.

    Plus, it actually gives you safety tips and information that teaches responsible use of guns.

    Recall? It seems some people are awfully eager to infringe on both the 2nd and the 1st amendment.

  • technochick

    17+ would be more like it. For all violent games. And if they remove this, they need to remove them all

  • technochick

    Lets start a partition to end free speech wile we are at it.

    Some folks scream that Apple already did that with their closed store

  • bondr006

    So now it’s violent to go to a shooting range and shoot paper targets? Or to shoot clay pigeons? Give me a break. Where the hell does Apple get off posting that kind of rating on a game like this? And what kind of moron petitions a harmless game like this when there are real violent games available like GTA lll and COD: Modern Warfare 2 that are promoting real gun violence?

About the author

Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News | Tagged: , , , , , |