NRA video game app ‘Practice Range’ stirs outrage in aftermath of Newtown

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-15 18:50:40-05

NEW YORK (PIX11)  — A new video-game app released by the NRA — called “Practice Range” — allows kids as young as 4 to pick various types of guns and shoot at targets.

The release of the free app has stirred outrage and shock in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre,  in which 20 children were gunned down at an elementary school.

Critics of the new app include many state lawmakers.

“Even by NRA standards, which are not high, I was shocked and stunned,” said NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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The app is approved for download by children ages 4 and up.

Quinn said the most outrageous aspect is the timing of  the game,  just over a month after the Newtown tragedy, in which Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 to murder a total of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  That same Bushmaster could be purchased to use in the NRA video game for 99 cents.

Many have blamed similar types of video games for mass shootings.

“I had no idea the NRA was in the business of creating violent video games.  It’s terrifying.  Where is it going to end?” said Quinn.

The New York State Legislature became the first legislating body in the country to pass a new set of gun laws, which will limit the number of bullets in magazines, strengthen laws to keep the mentally ill from obtaining firearms and intensify New York’s assault weapons ban.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the package into law Tuesday evening.  On the federal level, President Barack Obama is expected to outline his plans on Wednesday.

“I can tell you that tomorrow the president and the vice president will hold an event here at the White House to unveil a package with concrete proposals to reduce gun violence and prevent future tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut.  They will be joined by children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of that tragedy expressing their concerns about violence and school safety along with their parents,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

The NRA said they were outraged by the passage of the New York gun-control bill, which they believe was rushed through.  The NRA did not comment about the controversial video-game app.