The National Rifle Association has released a mobile phone app called NRA: Practice Range aimed at ages 4 and up. Users play the app by shooting at targets with a gun in indoor or outdoor firing ranges.
NRA: Practice Range has been released just over a month after the tragic shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, in which twenty children and six adults were shot dead, sparking off international outcry and reigniting the debate on gun control in the United States. The NRA waded into this debate shortly after the incident, laying a lot of the blame for it at the door of the videogames industry.
"There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games with names like ‘Bulletstorm,’ ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Splatterhouse'," said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre.
NRA: Practice Range is free to purchase, but players can spend 99c (around 60p) to upgrade their firearms to a semi-automatic sniper rifle.