Apple changes NRA app age rating
MANILA, Philippines - Apple has changed the age rating for the National Rifle Association's (NRA) shooting app, known as NRA: Practice Range.
The change in age ratings for the app follows backlash from a number of politicians regarding the app's release, as well as the app's rating and the timeliness of releasing such an app a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
An earlier Rappler report captured a screenshot of the age rating for NRA: Practice Range as being for ages 4 and up. A now-deleted tweet from MEDL Mobile, the app's developers, mentioned that it was not meant for the 4+ age range and was made to promote gun safety. The app store page for NRA: Practice Range now shows it as being for ages 12 and up.
A report from CBS mentions the reactions of both New York Senator Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Apple did the right thing by acknowledging that this game isn’t for young children," says Schumer, but he reiterates that Apple "should go farther and make the restrictions as tight as possible."
Schumer adds, "The NRA has acted in an unbelievably hypocritical fashion by blaming the nation's gun violence on video games and movies, then coming out with a game for children featuring assault weapons. Apple should not facilitate children using it."
Bloomberg echoed these sentiments, saying of the NRA's release of the app, "It is the height of hypocrisy. If you remember the head of the NRA’s speech on television, he blamed violent children’s games for causing things like the terrible tragedy in Connecticut." - Rappler.com