NRA Releases Shooting Game App With Coffin-Shaped Targets

Written by Annie-Rose Strasser

When 20 children and 6 adults were gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary School exactly one month ago today, the National Rifle Association rushed to blame video games, not guns, for inspiring such mass murders. But the gun lobby seemingly lost sight of its target in the past weeks, and over the weekend released a shooting app, called “NRA: Practice Range.”

The app bills itself as a “network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resource.” The NRA reports that it “[i]nstills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations.”

But it isn’t all about hunting. It allows players practice shooting at targets — coffin-shaped targets, with red bullseyes at head- and heart-level:

For 99 cents more, users can upgrade to a MK11 sniper rifle.

This is not the first hypocritical move by the NRA. In addition to video games, the organization also blamed violence in movies for a rise in gun violence and mass murders, while simultaneously running an exhibit in honor of such violence.

The gun industry itself has ties to video game producers: Gun manufacturers sign contracts allowing gaming companies to use firearm brand names in video games as a method of product promotion.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Photo: screenshot of the game courtesy of ThinkProgress


Veronique L.
Veronique L.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Roger H.
Roger H.3 years ago

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Tim because you have done so within the last week.

Tim Ra
Tim Ra3 years ago

Well, after being here on Care2 for a while, it is obvious many of the writers are young, full of passion and fire, and it shows in their writing. There’s plenty of stirring the pot and lighting the fire with their own brand of propaganda. True, the NRA is guilty of poor timing and should show at least a shred of compassion over recent events, but the comparison to what they released against other extremely violent games (Call of Duty, GTA, Battlefield, etc.) is not even in the same ballpark. Therefore, the article shows every bit of passion to jump the gun (pun intended) but lacks in experience and wisdom.

Care2 writers certainly want to get you all fired-up and jump on their ‘cause wagon’, but I’ve learned it’s best to do a lot of research from all view points before doing the knee-jerk dance. So this happens to be an article from Care2 I feel lacks wisdom and rules more on passion rather than facts, and that I disagree with because it leads to resolutions that only wind-up being more mistakes.

“Really Doctor, you must learn to govern your passions. They will be your undoing” ~ Spock: Wrath of Khan.

Julie Cook
Past Member 3 years ago

Jennifer R., I don't wish to belabour the point, but I don't think that you and I got the same message from the article. You maintain that the targets are bottles and therefore acceptable as target practice. I believe that the article is pointing out that the NRA is not only hypocritical when it blames video games and movies and then releases a video game in which the players can use a sniper rifle to shoot at targets, but also shows insensitivity and bad timing in releasing this game. I, in no way wish to control opinion, merely to propose mine, but I do agree that there are some people that make up stuff in order to justify their stance. I too find that totally repugnant.

Jennifer Rose
Jennifer Rose3 years ago

@Julie C. In re your comment "@ Jennifer R., can you please explain why the shape of the target has any relevance here?"

If you would care to read the title of the article, you will see that the relevance is the inflammatory nature of the headline: NRA Releases Shooting Game App With Coffin-Shaped Targets
The headline was a falsehood invented in order to enrage people who don't know diddly about bottles, or that vintage coffins did NOT have bottle necks, only a slant from shoulder to the head end of the coffin. The whole point of the article was the lie that the shapes were coffins. Without that lie, what was the author's point? The author has misinformed and used bias in order to sway the uninformed. It's a shame, because that seems to be the way that politicians do things and now it has trickled down to the average person who wants to control opinion without regard to fact. Do you really think that's okay? I don't.

Roger H.
Roger H.3 years ago

I was referring to the shootings prior to the one today in Texas. I'm not sure that anyone knows for sure if the shooter had been taking meds. or not, yet. Most law abiding gun owners don't own them with the intention of harming anyone with them, but they do want to be able to protect themselves and there families from either two legged or four legged intruders that could severely injure or kill them. You are correct when you say it is a mess, but making new gun laws, when the ones we have now aren't being enforced, won't solve anything. We, in America have a much larger problem than guns that needs to be addressed before even considering passing any new gun laws. Even if all guns we outlawed in this country and all law abiding citizens turned in their guns, we would still have just as many mass murders with another substitute weapon of choice, until we address the real cause of our lack of regard for human life in America and learn to resolve or problems peacefully.

Mary Be
Mary B.3 years ago

Tim R......You're right about it being a big mess......I don't envy anyone trying to enforce or even propose any kind of meaningful laws......It's so huge (numbers of guns) that it seems almost insurmountable

Tim Ra
Tim Ra3 years ago

@Mary ~ I never said or made any reaction on my part that anyone was out to take people's guns away. I've stated that many, many posts ago that nobody is out to take guns away; we're talking about how to go about regulating them with new controls because of current events. Problem is, we already have laws on the books that should be enforced, but obviously are not. Therefore, coming up with new controls makes no sense when we can't even regulate the ones we already have. That also tells me that IF - and I mean a BIG IF - guns were completely taken away from the general public (which we all know is not going to happen), the worst criminals and hillbilly militias would still get their hands on illegal weapons. Prohibition didn't stop booze, so how are any new regulations on assault weapons going to stop hard criminals from getting their hands on them? And since we can't seem to afford enforcing the laws we already have, how will we afford to pay for new regulations and gun laws? Yeah, it's a big mess, I know.

Mary Be
Mary B.3 years ago

Tim R. NO ONE is saying you should give up your guns (speaking of knee jerk reactions)
I watched several news reports and they were all asking if it was harmful to report any of these shootings.(from a psych perspective).....It was sort of a "damned if you do and damned if you don't " response.....Picture today when some students ran out of their rooms to see what was happening......because the "shooter (s) had normal school garb on, ....if there were many with guns, how do they know who was the perpetrator ? Confusion and adrenalin make people do sudden and maybe deadly things......Yes, we all should be aware of what is happening in other countries but it seems like we need to clean up our own countries first to be taken seriously

Tim Ra
Tim Ra3 years ago

Well, Mary, have fun getting around our 2nd Amendment, it's a bitch! Gun control is of one issue, and not just in America, but there are far many other issues that deserve just as much of attention - excuse me for bringing up one of them in foreign lands, yet the issue does exist. The only reason you're jumping on the bandwagon of gun control in my country is the liberal news media is making it a hot-button issue, which is the cause of the knee-jerk reactions that do nothing to address the real issue and end on irrational solutions.