Sometimes you have to laugh, otherwise you'd just never stop crying. Hot on the heels of calling the video game industry "a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people through vicious violent video games...", the National Rifle Association have released their own video game.
Emerging on the one-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, in the aftermath of which NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre's seemed to blame everything under the sun except for guns, NRA: Practice Range doesn't feature any actual bloodshed, but rather has you pinging bullets into circular targets as well as ones that look a little more humanoid in shape.
You don't actually kill anyone though, so that's definitely fine. For four year olds. Probably.
Available on iOS, the app is free to download, with in-app payments unlocking new guns to be used across a handful of ranges and galleries. Apparently the app also provides tips on gun safety, such as "Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction", it incorporates the NRA newsfeed, and also provides info on the firearm laws in various states.
According to NRA: Practise Range's App Store description, the game "instils safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations", and "strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education".
Interestingly, the app's developer - MEDL - previously published a gory zombie shooter called Boxhead. Hmmm...smells like hypocrisy to us.