The National Rifle Association has launched a free mobile application for Apple's iPhone and iPad that allows users to shoot at targets with various types of guns, including assault weapons.
While there is no killing or blood in the game, which is called "NRA: Practice Range," its launch comes at an interesting time. The NRA rolled out its app exactly one month since the shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
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The NRA made a statement several days after the school shooting placing some blame for gun violence on violent video games.
"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," said Wayne LaPierre, the NRA executive vice president. "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."
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The new NRA shooting game is rated 4 on Apple's app store, which means that the game is rated as being appropriate for the ages of four and up. The user can choose from an array of weapons including, a M-9 handgun, a Colt M16 assault rifle with a 15-round clip or a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun.
For a fee, the user also has access to an AK-47 assault rifle and an M-11 sniper rifle.
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