U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer this afternoon announced that Apple Inc. had partially agreed to his request, and would raise the age restriction on the newly released "NRA: Practice Range" App that allows kids to play at virtual target practice -- including shooting at animated coffins -- with assault weapons, including the one used at last month's Sandy Hook Massacre. With the leaders of the National Rifle Association blaming the nation's gun violence in large part on violent video games and movies, Schumer said that their decision to release this application is the height of hypocrisy, and calls into question their interest in being part of a national solution to the epidemic. Earlier today Schumer asked Apple to raise the restriction to 17+ so that as few children as possible have access to the application. Schumer is now announcing that Apple has agreed to raise the restriction from 4+ to 12+.
Schumer said that Apple is obviously responsible and cares about material being age-appropriate -- hence the ratings system to begin with. But in this case the rating is simply wrong.
"Apple did the right thing by acknowledging that this game isn't for young children, but should go farther and make the restrictions as tight as possible," said Schumer. "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."