The pro-gun movement – a movement that I tentatively support, at least in sentiment and principle, though not as enthusiastically as some – doesn’t seem to be able to go a full 24 hours (see previous post) without doing something stupid. This one, I think, speaks for itself. You need no characterization from me. You need only to read this, from Wayne LaPierre’s December 21st statement regarding the Newtown shooting, delivered a week after that tragic event:
And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.
Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?
To drive home the point with some helpful stats, he added:
A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.
Okay. Let that sink in for a minute. Mull it over. Then read this, from today at The Daily Beast (emphasis mine):
A shooting-range app for the iPhone and iPad branded as an “Official NRA Licensed Product” was released on Jan. 14—the one-month anniversary of the Newtown massacre that left 20 children and seven adults plus the shooter dead. Created by Medl Mobile, NRA: Practice Range is rated for ages 4 and up, according to Apple’s app store.
The free download is set up as shooting range, with three different backdrops to choose from: indoor, outdoor, and a skeet shoot. In each shooting range, the player can choose a type of target: shakey, hotshot or dead eye (not exactly in keeping with the child-friendly idea). After choosing the type of target, the player then chooses the weapon. The 9mm, one of the shooter’s weapons at Newtown, is the first one that shows up; higher-capacity magazines cost $0.99.
Let that sink. Mull.
For the record, questions have been raised as to whether the game is actually connected to the NRA, or if someone’s trading on their name. However, many have been “puzzled that the NRA hasn’t disowned the app if in fact it is a hoax.”
Though the game itself does seem pretty tame by today’s standards, this has got to be the worst public relations time for the NRA to produce a shooting video game.