US politicians blast NRA for 'hypocritical' shooting game

Age rating amended for iOS shooter

US politicians have spoken out against the National Rifle Association's iOS shooting app.


NRA: Practice Range released earlier this week on iTunes, and follows the organisation's claims that video games are to blame for the Sandy Hook shootings in December. The game tasks users with shooting a range of firearms in target practice scenarios, and allows users to purchase more powerful weaponry - including an AK47.

According to a report on CBS New York, Senator Charles Schumer called on Apple to amend the age rating of the app from 4+ to 17+. Apple met him halfway, changing the suggested age rating to 12+.

Meanwhile, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired off an angry response to the app, claiming it is "the height of hypocrisy."

"If you remember the head of the NRA's speech on television, he blamed violent children's games for causing things like the terrible tragedy in Connecticut," he said.

Following the Sandy Hook shootings last December, NRA spokesperson Wayne LaPierre unambiguously connected the tragedy with video games. "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."