The NRA Becomes Target of Petition Efforts
The National Rifle Association’s members are used to lining targets–living and otherwise–in their guns’ sights, but now the pro-gun association is finding itself the target of petition campaigns that are designed to remove the NRA’s iPhone app from the Apple Store.
NRA: Practice Range, which was released recently, features a shooting gallery in which players can pretend to fire virtual weapons. The app does not feature living targets, but does offer the ability to pretend to use an assault weapon.
“On the one month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, the National Rifle Association launched a free mobile application for Apple’s iPhone and iPad that allows users, even children, to shoot at targets with various types of guns, including assault weapons,” one of the the petitions read.
The petition continues by claiming that “the app itself is shameless, insensitive and counterproductive, whether played by a 4-year-old or a teenager. We ask Apple to rescind approval of it.”
Perhaps most poignantly, the petition asks that “[o]ut of respect for the victims [of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting] and to signal Apple’s support for common sense measures to help end gun violence, we call on you to rescind your approval of this shameless new product.”
The petition is hosted at SignOn.Org, and was started by a man identified on the petition as Adam Bink. The initial goal of 3,000 has been met, and a new goal of 4,000 signatures was established.
As of the time this article went press, there were 3,010 signatures.
That the initial signature goal has been met ostensibly means that the petition will be delivered to Apple CEO Tim Cook, at least according to the banner across the top of the petition.
Another petition, hosted by Courage Campaign, appears to have met its goal of 2,000 signatures.
The iPhone, of course, appeals to a wide range of people, and that means that apps will be written with the intent of meeting the wants and needs of these people.
Although we’ll steer clear of the obvious debate surrounding free speech versus public relations, we would like to know…what do you think about this debacle? Should Apple kotow to the wishes of the petition signers and remove the app?