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NRA Pays For Video Game Violence, Then Blames Video Games For Gun Violence

While the NRA blames mass violence of video games, their new app offers target practice, where users may shoot coffin-shaped targets in the heart or head.

Exactly one month ago today, 20 children and six adults were gunned down in a Connecticut elementary school. Since that day, the National Rifle Association has laid the blame on video games and simulated violence, amongst other things. In a seemingly hypocritical move, on the one month anniversary of Adam Lanza’s attack on Sandy Hook, the NRA has released an app that offers users the ability to target practice. The virtual guns are aimed at coffin-shaped targets, with bulls-eyes at the heart and head vicinity.

While the NRA has blamed video games, not guns, on recent mass murders, the gun lobby’s release of its app, “NRA: Practice Range,” has sparked controversy. The app is described as “a network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resource.” The NRA maintains that it “instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations.”

One realistic simulation: allowing players to shoot coffin-shaped targets. And for an additional 99 cents, shooters can upgrade to a MK11 sniper rifle.

ThinkProgress labels this move as “hypocritical,” and notes its not the first move like it the NRA has made. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the NRA has blamed violence on gun-related media. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the NRA’s “Hollywood Gun Exhibit” is still open and advertised. The exhibit shows off a variety of guns used in film by both the bad guy and the good guys.

The NRA has maintained that video games are harmful and the cause of mass violence. However, ThinkProgress notes that the group has yet to stop licensing images of their products for use in films and video games. The exhibit celebrates the weapons used by a variety of film villains such as the weapon Heath Ledger handled as the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises.

Although the NRA can verbally blame video games for violence, video game companies cannot make violent games without the consent of the NRA: Gun manufacturers sign contracts allowing gaming companies to use firearm brand names in video games as methods of product promotion.

Despite all this, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre maintains that guns are not the problem. The problem, he says, is the “cultural glorification of gun violence, especially in video games.” Video games which the NRA allegedly signs off, and — with the recent app and museum exhibit — promote.

What do you think about the relationship that the NRA has with video game and movie violence?

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12 Responses to “NRA Pays For Video Game Violence, Then Blames Video Games For Gun Violence”

  1. Wolff Bachner

    hoe exactly does the nra control the deals that gun manufacturers make with gaming companies. id like your explanation and proof of that allegation megan. the NRA sined off on one game and does not have the rights to approve or reject every gun related game.

    that being said, the NRA are a bunch of idiots who seem more determined than every to do as much damage as possible to their own cause.

  2. Scott Fultz

    how in the world do you call this video violent, lol its not violent, nothing more than shooting cans. or targets, the NRA is showing America that this is an alternative to video games showing how to rape someone lol man get over it.

  3. Scott Fultz

    all this Gun phobia going on up North looks like the Gun manufactors will do like the car manufactors, move south! and I hope they do down here we are considered as Sovreign citizens rather than subjects and we vote Sovreign,

  4. James Vawter

    the nra is at no point any part of any problem, they are exclusively the solution. high gun control means high crime, gun free zones mean no one shoots back so its a free kill zone. the blood of the innocent is on the hands of the anit-NRA crowd and the anit gun crowd. your link is to a random site that has nothing to do with any part of this story.

  5. Mark Anderson

    It's a given, the NRA doesn't give a damn about the first amendment. They don't defend the entire constitution, just their own little bit of it. They are un-American in the extreme.

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