One month after the Newtown, Connecticut shootings which killed 26 people including 20 children, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has released a new shooting app. The application is free for download on iTunes, and is described by the organization as a “one-touch access to the NRA network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resources.” However, as noted by Think Progress, one part of the game allows uses to practice to shooting at targets that are shaped like humans and/or coffins.
As seen in the screenshot above, the targets take on the shape of a human head and shoulders followed by a v-shaped torso. The bulls eye for each target is set in what would be the middle of the chest and the head of a person. The NRA evidently did not want to use cartoon images of people for their targets, so instead they adopted this somewhat vague shape. The only problem, as Think Progress points out, is that the targets now look like coffins.
In the aftermath of the Newtown shootings the NRA has remained opposed to any new gun laws such as those requiring universal background checks or limiting the size of magazines. Instead, the organization has called for more vigilance on mental health and condemned violence in video games. The NRA shooting is tame, to say the least, compared to many shooting games that feature blood and careless slaughter of many people (see any Grand Theft Auto game). Still, the organization appears hypocritical by releasing a game that has the user shooting at human shaped targets.