NRA Releases iOS App to Educate Children on How to Properly Shoot Guns

It’s undeniable that the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut was seen as a tragedy, not only for the U.S., but for people around the world as the events that occurred that day are still sickening. At this point, the U.S. is in the middle of a debate considering what citizens should do with legal firearms, which is why we can’t understand why the NRA decided to release its official application this week. 

NRA: Practice Range is a NRA-published iOS application that is being used to help keep legal gun owners and those who don’t own firearms educated with its “2nd Amendment newsfeeds, gun law information centers and educational materials that you can access anywhere, anytime.”

We’re completely fine with that portion of the application since both legal gun owners and people who don’t own guns should be informed of the 2nd Amendment as well as what is legal and what isn’t, but the second mode in the NRA: Practice Range application is what completely baffles us. It hasn’t even been a month since the NRA blamed video games for school shootings, and in its NRA: Practice Range app is a “Target Practice” mode that allows players to shoot at targets in order to educate users of “safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations.”

NRA: Practice Range is apparently suitable for children as young as four-years-old to play too as the application touts a 4+ years old recommendation for its use, although teaching your four-year-old about gun safety and playing through a virtual shooting range with several types of firearms may not be the best parenting decision you’ve ever made. Sure – the targets you’ll shoot at in the Target Practice mode are a lot less violent than the “targets” you shoot at in games like Call of Duty, but the process of shooting a gun virtually is still equally as “violent.”

Written by Daniel Perez, edited by Michael DeLisi.