By Josh Marks

NRA Marks Newtown Anniversary With Shooting Game

January 15, 2013 4:49 pm Category: Memo Pad 38 Comments A+ / A-

The National Rifle Association marked the one-month anniversary of the Newtown massacre by releasing a target-practice app that features coffin-shaped targets.

This latest hypocrisy from the gun industry lobbying group comes after NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said that ”guns don’t kill people. Videogames, the media and Obama’s budget kill people.”

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the NRA blamed everything but guns, including violent videogames. However, while Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) blasted the shooting game as “insensitive,” it should really not be surprising that they released “NRA: Practice Range,” which is free on Apple’s iTunes store and rated age 4 and up.

The New York Times recently reported on “how the firearms and videogame industries have quietly forged a mutually beneficial marketing relationship.” According the story, videogame developers and publishers like Electronic Arts and Activision have partnered with gun manufacturers, many of whom are the biggest financial backers of the NRA. For “Medal of Honor Warfighter,” EA created a website promoting their gun manufacturer partners used in the game, including the McMillan Group, makers of a high-powered sniper rifle, and Magpul, maker of high-capacity magazines. Activision’s  ”Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2″ features Bushmaster assault-style rifles — Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle on his rampage.

So while studies have shown no correlation between videogame violence and real violence, having easy access to real versions of the weapons featured in videogames does cause real violence, something the NRA fails to acknowledge in its morally reprehensible defense of military-style assault weapons.

But the NRA is losing support on the issue of assault weapons, as two new polls demonstrate a majority of Americans support a ban on assault weapons — 55 percent of Pew respondents and 58 percent of Washington Post/ABC News respondents back a federal ban on assault weapons.

With the NRA fiercely defending military-style assault weapons and fighting tooth and nail against sensible gun laws such as mandatory background checks, which 74 percent of their four million members (a small fraction of the 90 million gun owners in the United States) support, and now with the gun industry lobbying group releasing a shooting game on the one-month anniversary of Newtown, are Americans starting to turn against them?

“It’s outrageous. The NRA never seems to be able to amaze me,” Joel Faxon, a member of Newtown’s Police Commission, told CNN.

UPDATE: New York Times op-ed columnist and former executive editor Bill Keller writes that the videogame could be a hoax, although the NRA has not disowned the app, which is now rated age 12 and up.

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  • billbear1961

    The only sub-humans WORSE than the crooked sharks on Wall Street—the psychotic GANGSTERS in the NRA.

    God DAMN them, and all who aid and abet them—like that GHOUL Limbaugh!

    How one would weep to see their automatic weapons turned on THEM!

    May God deliver us from these truly evil BASTARDS!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      The NRA Is Spo Full Of Shit!! Didn’t They Just Say The Gun Violence In Video Games Is One Of The Problem??? And Their Answer Is For You To Buy Their Gun Violence Video Game!!! WTF!! Only A Damn Fool Can’t See Thru The NRA Money Grubbing Asses!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DKWSXHQIDBW5PUAPZ2HZAYYUY Baron Cormac

    Unfortunately, this is typical behavior that the NRA has demonstrated since the mid 80′s.

  • big dolla

    The NRA has the the sensitivity of the West Borough church idiots.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    There are many good NRA Members that would like to see more severe gun control measures.

    However, what we see today, is that a fringe group of hardcore nut job members are controlling the public agenda of the organization.

    The NRA’s general membership should start cleaning house of these nitwits before the government takes this fringe elements agenda seriously and pass even more severe laws than what is planned already.

    • latebloomingrandma

      Though I’ve never owned a gun, I live in an area where hunting is very popular. I remember in the early 60′s at my junior high school there was a”gun club”. The purpose was for gun training and safety. The NRA is now just a front for paraniod white supremicist nuts and a collaboration for the weapons manufacturers. In America, we no longer make our own clothes or appliances or steel, but we can sure supply all the desposts of the world lethal weapons.

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        Your right.

        This country LOVES war. It is what keeps our economy from totally collapsing. Every single generation that has been born in this country hasn’t lived without at least 1 war or police action.

        IF we can’t find an enemy to fight externally, we’ll sure find more than a few internally.

        How the hell can this country live in peace with other countries when we can’t even live in peace in our own country?

        • latebloomingrandma

          What I find particularly bizarre and a cognitive disconnect is that many Republicans yammer the loudest about the USA being a “Christian country” , and ad nauseum about “family values.” Considering we just celebrated the birthday of the Prince of Peace, how can the same political party condone weapons of violence without any restrictions? I just don’t understand how some peoples’ minds work.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    This game is billed “for ages 4 years old and older.” The images in the game are of caskets. Coincidence? And what sane parent would allow a kid to play such an evil game?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AST4DHF6SDTI4653MUTLUJAVOA Mary

      Those are not caskets they are targets. There is a big difference between violent video games and target shooting or gun safety video games…. Violent videos are the videos where they kill people over and over and it desensitizes the person to the actual act of killing someone. Target games are to be precise in aim at a target and safety while doing so …those are the same targets that the police or anyone taking training uses.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WZG5Z5FXVXAA5PRY2USFW3Q76Y Witnes This!

        Keep confincing yourself that it is reasonable to shoot at targets shaped like coffins. Especially the part when 4 year olds learn that shooting at the target is a darn good way of getting rid of bad parents!

      • Yappy2

        And what is inside coffins?

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    What the NRA doesn’t get is this: Americans will ALWAYS place our children before anyone else. That’s the way of human rights. If we can’t, as adults, protect our children from inherently violent natures, we make them targets for those inherently violent natures.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      We ALWAYS place our children before anyone else?

      Emmm, if that’s the case, how come the right wing condemns abortion, but refuses to support them after their born? The right wing in nearly every state and fed level has been doing all they can to cut and gut whatever program that is for children, or even prospective children.

      You can’t have one without the other.

      Seems to me there is a huge disconnect between what the “ideal” is compared to what reality is.

  • highpckts

    Unbelievable but not surprising!!

  • labrown69

    It is dishonest of this article to compare target shooting to violent video games in which you kill people and hijack cars. This is what the right wingers say the far left is and you are playing right into their hands when you engage in such childish and dishonest comparisons.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WZG5Z5FXVXAA5PRY2USFW3Q76Y Witnes This!

      Really? Why the coffins? Duh! And for age 4 and up. Surely you jest!

      • labrown69

        These are targets. Shooting and marksmanship is a time honored sport that is still practiced in the Olympics. You are never too young to learn gun safety.

        • Yappy2

          How sickening that on the one month anniversary of 20 children being murdered the NRA has a game with a target of coffins. Anyone who thinks this is okay is sick too.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          The release of this “game” is really Bad Timing for the NRA and a bit of financial brinkmanship as well for the dealers.

          Also, this reminds me of what parental responsibility is supposed to be really about. Having a video game to train your kid how to use a gun isn’t being responsible. Whatever happen to good ole dad showing his kids how to property handle a gun?

          Looks to to me, as usual, the video game is taking the place of parents.

          • labrown69

            Yes, I agree with you. I am a gun owner and very staunch defender of the true meaning of the 2nd Amendment which is clearly the right of every citizen to be armed HOWEVER what we have in Wayne La Pierre is a public relations nightmare featuring a real buffoon. The timing of his comments subsequent to Newtown, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy etc” was so stupid as to make one consider if HE should not be shot himself so as to remove him from the gene pool for the benefit of mankind. While there maybe some truth to the statement, sometimes it is better to defer “being right” in lieu of being sensitive. I really don’t think a Mommy who is looking at her 6 year old laying dead in a pool of his own blood with 11 rounds in his body wants to hear that the only hope of securing schools is with a “shoot-out at the OK Corral”. Unfortunately none of this gun law nonsense is going to make any difference because it is all politically correct bullsh*t. When you compare gun crime among Caucasians in the USA we ARE comparable to any of the European nations we are constantly compared to and our problem is one of inner city gang violence, not guns. That may sound racist but that is just the f-ing way it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

    I have never been more disgusted in my life – the NRA has no shame, no values, no compassion and quite obviously no children. Merely eunichs that need Corvettes and guns to be a man.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      Replying to Elisabeth Gordon -

      REAL MEN DON’T NEED GUNS TO PROVE THEY ARE REAL MEN.

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        There is a certain type of penis envy involving weapons.

        The bigger the weapon, the larger the caliber, the bigger the D the owner of the weapon “thinks” he has.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/WZG5Z5FXVXAA5PRY2USFW3Q76Y Witnes This!

          And this masculine world your views does not exclude women!

  • geewilly

    Until the decent gun owners stand up and push back against this type of stupidity all gun owners will be looked at as extreme. Many are respectful folks and now is the time for THEM to stand up for decency. LaPierre is disgusting.

    • amarquez647

      You have hit the nail on the head.

  • mjw1952

    The NRA is claiming that their membership ranks are increasing. This is partly due to reduced prices for membership. Sane gun owners need to stand up to the NRA and cancel their memberships, like George H W Bush did when the NRA called AFT agents jack booted thugs. Form another organization that is about hunting, not about lobbying for the gun manufacturer’s. NRA members, show your backbone.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Yes yes…targets? Shaped like caskets? Couldn’t have been round as a target usually is? Or any other shape? Who’s kidding whom? This IS a violent video game. What do you call violent? A 4 year old playing this game is supposed to gather what from aiming, shooting and pulling a trigger. 4 year old kids are not police in training. Get a clue.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    While there may be some NRA members with their heads sewed on straight, most are not. Take a good look at the faces of the pro-gun protestors…Notice how their signs only state, “right to bear arms?” Not, “a well regulated militia, necessary to a free state?”
    Notice how their plaintive cry is anti-government? How much of a reach is it for armed loonies who hate government to anarchists with a vengence for authority and an addiction to lethal weapons?

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    No…It’s what the NRA has been saying….violent video games…What is this if not a violent video?

  • Landsende

    Every year over 32,000 people are killed by guns at a cost of $100 billion to the economy and raises health care costs. That is more people killed by guns in one year than were killed during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Regardless of what the NRA says, no one wants to take away your guns. No one needs an assault rifle or high capacity magazine clips to hunt with or to protect themselves with. Those type of weapons should only be available to the military and law enforcement officers. How many more innocent children and adults will it take before we say ENOUGH and stand up to the NRA and their backers, the gun manufacturers, and have sensible gun control?

  • Pamby50

    This is just despicable. Nothing like talking out of both sides of their mouths. Video games are violent & bad. Then they come out with their own target shooting video game.

    Now they are running an ad about the President’s children. They are just horrible people.

  • onedonewong

    And when barak went to a moooslim prayer vigil on 9/11 no one in the State Run Media even bothered to cover the story

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V76SOFAXAIZRWC6MNAX5Z3DLAM mothermaybe

    You got to be kidding!!!!! Speaking of mentally ill and the underground home grown terrorist the NRA groups needs to be evaluated. None of these people need assault guns they need psychological treatment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEDCQ4URHFFCKH5THB4DT3G54M Brian

    Fatwah on Wayne LaPierre!.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-OhioSprtzfan-Sink/100000316227906 Paul OhioSprtzfan Sink

    Once again the NRA proved what they are really about..making money.They say video games lead people to kill,which is BS,now they do what come out with a video game to promote their BS,good going.Your side is as good as the GOP,you make the argument for the other side real easy by your contradictions,keep up the good work!

  • http://profiles.google.com/k4b6lane KENNETH LANE

    Sinister deviants that require rounding up and placing in concentration camps for long term study——–the NRA has gone insane!

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