North America's National Rifle Association doubles as one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US, where gun ownership is widely considered a god-given right. Now, as a means to promote their cause, the NRA has released a free shooter for iOS.
Which is strange, to put it very politely. Last December, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre blamed video games for the Sandy Hook shootings, which claimed 26 lives. In a press conference following the tragedy, LaPierre unambiguously denounced video games and the industry that creates them.
"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," LaPierre raged.
Only four weeks later, the NRA has unveiled their own video game called NRA: Practice Range. According to the app description, it "instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations", but there's no escaping the fact that you're shooting guns for fun. There's no escaping the fact that this is a game. There's no escaping the fact that for 99 cents, you can upgrade from a pistol to an AK47.
Of course, as you're shooting your prized virtual guns, the NRA pummel you with all manner of pro-weaponry propaganda. Oh, the irony. Don't buy this game.