The NRA – Double Edged Sword?

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Video Games
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The NRA is one of the best defenders of our second amendment rights.  They donate a lot of money to support pro-gun candidates and spend lots of time lobbying congress to consider their actions carefully when dealing with firearms.

But they don’t seem to do well with publicity.

Just one month after the Newtown shooting, a video game (well its really just an app, not much of a game at all) is released titled “NRA: Practice Range”.  And to add insult to injury, it’s reported that the game says it’s for children ages 4 and up.

In addition, if you remember correctly, the NRA blamed video games for helping cause the violent nature of our society last month.  So then to release a video game that involves shooting guns, branded as being appropriate for children, just one month after the Newtown shooting seems very irrational to me.

I understand that the game is to promote the safe use of firearms, but it makes the NRA look like a bunch of hypocrites.  I support them and what they do for gun rights but they seriously need to take into account how their actions are going to viewed by the public.  Now, not only will anti-gun groups target the NRA, they’ll make anyone who supports them look like a hypocrite as well.

A gun safety app is one thing.  A video game for kids that involves shooting guns is another.  6 months ago this would not have been an issue at all.  But this is a crazy time for america.  Everyone’s actions are being judged very harshly and I’m just afraid this will be one more negative strike against the NRA in the eyes of the public who are still feeling the pain from last month’s shooting.

Let me know what you think below.

Click here to view the article on CNN

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