The buzz over the weekend is a petition circulating to have a new shooting game "NRA: Practice Range" removed from the Apple App Store.
The California-based Courage Campaign, launched an online petition Tuesday urging Apple to pull the NRA game from its App Store. The online petition "Tell Apple: Reject the NRA's New Shooting App" asks Apple for removal of the game because, "the app itself is shameless, insensitive and counterproductive."
According to an CNN article, most criticism of the game focused not on the content of the game but on the timing of its release.
The National Rifle Association has placed part of the blame for Newtown and other mass shootings on violent video games. Even some gun owners question the timing of the NRA release of a shooting video game of its own so soon after the latest shooting tragedy.
Supporters countered that the game has users firing at targets, not humans, and is not violent in nature. The NRA states that the game NRA: Practice Range uses targets as one would find on a typical firing range and has the goal of understanding how to use a gun properly and safely.
Another forgotten issue: censorship.
While the argument rages over the game NRA: Practice Range, isn't another issue being forgotten in all of this? Censorship.
If one group petitions for the removal of a game from the Apple App Store because it is "shameless, insensitive and counterproductive," should that standard be applied to other games?
If one group can pressure a vendor to drop a product because it is "shameless, insensitive and counterproductive" how many times can that argument be made?
Ironically, many supporters of various games that criticized the NRA for putting part of the blame on violent video games could be targets themselves if pressure to remove violent games continues.
Politics and technology continue to mix over the who is to blame. As we have stated in the past in this column, technology is just a reflection of our society. Just like a mirror, if you take away the mirror, but do not change what is causing the reflection, nothing changes.
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