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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NRA Debuts Free Shooter Game

Posted by on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

After blaming gun violence on shooter games:

One month ago today, 20 first graders were killed at their elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Ever since, the National Rifle Association has blamed old-school video games and years-old Hollywood movies for the shootings, and the gaming industry is very much trying to defend itself. Well the NRA may have put itself back on its lobbying heels, because they introduced a crude new first-person shooter of their own for the iPhone and iPad last night, which the NRA's mobile developers — and Apple — say is appropriate for children ages four and up. The reaction has been as swift and loud as the gameplay, which includes virtual assault rifles for purchase within the app.

 

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tsk...tsk...tsk....

this is terrible.
Posted by we feel better now on January 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM · Report this
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I take it you play a "Good Guy" taking out a crazed "Bad Guy"? Maybe you have to make your way through the blood-slicked rooms of a school or a shopping mall? Or maybe you're in front of your house standing your ground against a gang of young black men in hoodies? Or than again, maybe you're just shooting deer and ducks. That would be so lame.
Posted by floater on January 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 3
Why isn’t this kind of perpetuation of the culture of gun violence illegal??? These sorts of shooter games would be outlawed if it weren’t for the ACLU’s overly broad interpretation of the 1st amendment! When will pressure be brought to bear on the ACLU to stop killing our children???
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on January 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Knat 4
Are the people at Medl Mobile actually describing themselves as "genius video game creators?" That's a pretty arrogant statement for people that produce a game that looks like a student project halfway through the semester. If these people saw what a modern video game made by top-shelf talent actually looks like, they'd brown their shorts.
Posted by Knat on January 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
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@2: The game is shooting at targets at a shooting range, not virtual people.

Either way, super-lame.
Posted by doceb on January 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Hawke 6
@3 Please explain to me how the SAME games and movies are seen around the world and yet you do not see the blood bath in the streets that we have here.
Posted by Hawke http://facebook.com/thehawke on January 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 7
The funny thing is, if the NRA ordered their pet congressmen to pass some laws that actually did something about video games, or mental health care, or hire school guards, it could serve to blunt the desire for gun restrictions. Their problem is they don't mean anything they say.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on January 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM · Report this
Fistique 8
So you're being tested on your capacity to touch a red area of the screen with your finger. I want to be mad at the NRA's promotion of killing machines, but to be honest I'm more pissed at the shittiness of their iOS shooter.
Posted by Fistique on January 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 9
@6
Umm… You do:

•July 22, 2011: Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway in twin attacks: a bombing in downtown Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital.

•April 30, 2009: Farda Gadyrov, 29, enters the prestigious Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in the capital, Baku, armed with an automatic pistol and clips. He kills 12 people before killing himself as police close in.

•Sept. 23, 2008: Matti Saari, 22, walks into a vocational college in Kauhajoki, Finland, and opens fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs before shooting himself fatally in the head.

•Nov. 7, 2007: After revealing plans for his attack in YouTube postings, 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen fires kills eight people at his high school in Tuusula, Finland.

•April 26, 2002: Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, who had been expelled from school in Erfurt, Germany, kills 13 teachers, two former classmates and policeman, before committing suicide.

•April 28, 1996: Martin Bryant, 29, bursts into cafeteria in seaside resort of Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia, shooting 20 people to death. Driving away, he kills 15 others. He was captured and imprisoned.

•March 13, 1996: Thomas Hamilton, 43, kills 16 kindergarten children and their teacher in elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and then kills himself.

•Dec. 6, 1989: Marc Lepine, 25, bursts into Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique college, shooting at women he encounters, killing nine and then himself.

•Aug. 19, 1987: Michael Ryan, 27, kills 16 people in small market town of Hungerford, England, and then shoots himself dead after being cornered by police.

But regardless, even if it save just one life, isn't it worth it to ban them???? Why do you want more children killed?
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Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on January 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 10
@6: A whole lotta guns, and many ways to get one legally with no requirements/background checks. Mix this with a huge wealth gap and poor social services, and pow (pow pow).

But I mean, come on, you already knew that.

@7: It is not the NRA halting meaningful gun control measures (not that they do not play a role), it is the fear of politicians to support gun control, because politicians who do are often voted out, and our own unwillingness to demand gun control at the ballot box every election. Also, a whole lot of voters fear the real or imagined slippery slope. Voters who never miss an election.

We are to blame as a nation, not some faux-evil, paper tiger lobbying group.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 11
Kind of like how Wayne LaPierre conveniently left out Call of Doody in his list of violent video games. That game is a PSA for the NRA.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM · Report this
T 12
Rated E for Everyone... and Evil.
Posted by T on January 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 13
@9: You have cherry picked about 199 mass shooting deaths all around the globe over the span of 24 years.

Each year in the US, roughly 11,000 people are killed with firearms. If you do not think that the US has a gun violence problem, you are either willfully being a sophist, or purposefully remaining enducated on the issue.

Or you are just really, really, stupid.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 14
@10

Not so. The NRA even dictates which lower court judicial nominations to filibuster. They cut off funding for any research into the causes of gun violence. They got gun makers liability protection. Their power is everywhere, and it's quite proactive.

What they don't have is the American people. Or even a majority of gun owners. Or even a majority of NRA members, in many cases.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on January 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
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“Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music...”
Posted by slnk on January 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM · Report this
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@13- well played.
Posted by Chris Jury http://www.thebismarck.net on January 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 17
@13,
I was just looking at major mass shootings, and pointing out that it’s not a strictly American phenomenon (contrary to @6’s assertion).

Here’s the list I used: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?sectio…
Quick count shows USA: 190 dead; Not USA: 238 dead (and Not USA having the three worst incidents at 77, 39 and 35 dead each).

I agree there is a problem, and that there will be, as long as the ACLU's puppet law makers insist on such a broad reading of the 1st Amendment as to protect this kind of mindless violence in film and games.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on January 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 18
@13,
But I thought "one person killed by guns is too many?"

Or is that just an emotional platitude?

How many gun deaths per year are acceptable?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
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I can't find a lot of information, but I didn't see anything that indicated the game contained any assault rifles. I saw a few semi-automatic rifles, but nothing capable of burst fire or fully automatic fire.
Posted by Ben on January 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 20
@14: You are just explaining what EVERY lobby in America does or tries to do. You are just focusing on this one because you see it to be particularly pernicious and evil. I am not saying this assessment is necessarily wrong, but as far as lobby groups go, the NRA is pretty weak. Four million dollars spent in 2012. Absolute peanuts relatively speaking. Not even a player on that stage, really. For the NRA to have as much impact as you claim, they would have to be the most efficient, vicious, and intelligent lobbying group in history.

But you see, you have supported my point. The NRA does not have the American people, or even many gun owners. Because it is the American people not demanding gun control, not the NRA pulling all the strings. Americans support gun control when asked, but never seem to do so at the ballot box.

I just noticed my weirdo typo @13 though: "enducated..." Should be "uneducated." Derrrp.

@18: Huh?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
McGee 21
@9 Oh I remember the Norway shooting. Very terrible. Could you, if you please, provide links to the other 15 mass shootings in Norway that would make it comparable to the U.S.?

Or maybe provide links to articles where Breivik blames his actions on violence in media? Or barring that just list all the video games he consumed or movies he watched?
Posted by McGee on January 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 22
@21

Well,

Here’s the (probably incomplete (not a lot of Mexican mass shootings in here)) list of mass shootings I pulled that one from: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?sectio… . Using it as the (admittedly probably incomplete) universe of mass shootings, recent score would be USA: 190 dead vs. Norway: 77 dead. Looking at population, that’s roughly USA: 1 dead for every 1,642,105 people vs. Norway: 1 dead for every 64,935 people. Looking at shooters we find USA:13 shooters (2 man teams are counted as 1 because I’m lazy) vs. Norway:1 shooter, or, to put that in perspective USA: 1 shooter for every 24,000,000 people vs. Norway: 1 shooter for every 5,000,000 people. In other words Norwegians are nearly 5 times as likely to be homicidal maniacs and 25 times more likely to be killed in a mass shooting. I’d say that Norway’s gun violence problem is significantly worse than ours…

And yes, I know I’m only looking at mass shooting and not the thousands of other gun deaths each year (here or abroad), but unless we are talking about banning and confiscating all hand guns (a torch I personally would love to see Democrats pick up and run with) and solving inner city crime and gang violence to boot it make sense to limit the scope of this conversation to assault weapons and the mass shootings they are being blamed for. If you feel the list I’m working with neglects to mention any mass shootings that should have been included, I’d be happy to add them to the numbers.

As to articles where Breivik blames his actions on violence in media, please show me articles where any one of the 13 referenced American shooters blames his actions on the “easy” availability of assault weapons, and then I might dig around for what you’re asking for.
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Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on January 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Report this

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