(CNN) – A month after the deadly school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association is taking heat again – this time for releasing a mobile video game that lets players learn how to shoot at targets.
The game, “NRA: Practice Range,” puts the user in a gun range, where they fire a variety of handguns and rifles at stationary targets and earn points for accuracy. Critics are questioning the timing of the game’s release Monday – a month to the day after the December 14 shootings – and accusing the NRA of hypocrisy because one of its leaders recently blamed video games for stoking gun violence.
“It’s outrageous. The NRA never seems to be able to amaze me,” said Joel Faxon, a member of Newtown’s Police Commission, who described himself as a longtime gun owner.
“There’s no reason that they can’t espouse safe, effective, appropriate gun usage,” he said. “Why do they have to come out with something like this at a time when the nerves and emotions are so raw in Sandy Hook?”