Shortly after blaming video games for the Sandy Hook shooting the NRA released an iOS shooting game that bore the disconcerting age rating of 4+. After much hullabaloo, Apple has changed the age rating to 12+ for "frequent/intense realistic violence."
New York senator Charles Schumer felt that despite skipping the 9+ age rating entirely, the new restrictions weren't high enough. "Apple did the right thing by acknowledging that this game isn't for young children, but should go farther and make the restrictions as tight as possible," said Schumer to CBS News. "The NRA has acted in an unbelievably hypocritical fashion by blaming the nation's gun violence on video games and movies, then coming out with a game for children featuring assault weapons. Apple should not facilitate children using it."
Let's not get carried away here; the next rating up is 17+ followed by "no rating." The game may be a steaming pile, but content-wise you're not doing more than shooting inanimate objects.
As it turns out, Schumer isn't the only New York politician outraged by this app. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "It is the height of hypocrisy. If you remember the head of the NRA's speech on television, he blamed violent children's games for causing things like the terrible tragedy in Connecticut."
"One month and one day or maybe one month to the day, the NRA comes up with its own violent app. I don't know what else to say. I don't know how to describe it. The PR, the stupidity of doing it, is just mind-boggling," he added.
On the other end of the spectrum is former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich who told CBS This Morning "My understanding is that it is a gun safety app and that it's for young hunters to learn gun safety," he said. "I would recommend people watch the entire app before they render judgment."
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