Brett Molina, USA TODAY
Weeks after blasting the video game industry in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association has endorsed a game of its own.
The game titled NRA: Practice Range is available for free on Apple's iOS, rated for everyone ages 4 and up. According to a description on the game's iTunes page, Practice Range "strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education, allowing you to enjoy the most authentic experience possible." The game is also referred to as an "Official NRA Licensed Product."
The key difference with Practice Range is players are only shooting at a variety of targets at a shooting range. Practice Range features three practice areas and nine weapons, from handguns to sniper rifles. Users also have access to educational materials, safety tips and other information.
Last December, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre slammed a push for gun control following the school shooting in Newtown, laying part of the blame on "vicious, violent video games."
"There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people," says LaPierre in reference to the video game and film industries.