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Video Game for Shooting NRA Officials Draws Congressman's Rebuke

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner called on President Barack Obama to publicly denounce a video game found at Facepunch.com where players takes shots at National Rifle Association (NRA) officials.

Circulating on the Internet is talk of a video game inviting users to take virtual shots at National Rifle Association (NRA) officials.

According to U.S. Rep Jim Sensenbrenner, the website facepunch.com allows users to download a video game called "Bullet to the Head of the NRA" and invites them to take head shots at National Rifle Association (NRA) officials.

Sensenbrenner on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to publicly denounce the video game.

The game targets NRA President David Keene and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

A father expressed his concern on Free Republic when he found his son playing the video game depicting LaPierre giving a speech after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting and his son taking virtual shots at him. 

"LaPierre, standing at his podium, giving his speech … with a crosshair over his head. Before I could even utter a word to scold my child, he clicked his mouse. And the virtual Wayne LaPierre’s face disappeared in a spray of blood," wrote the father.

In the December press conference following the Sandy Hook shootings LaPierre said, “Guns don’t kill people. Video games, the media and Obama’s budget kill people.” 

Sensebrenner acknowledged the strong disagreements in the nation in regards to gun control but believes that there is room for reasonable debate.

"Making threats against public figures who speak out either for or against gun control prevents us from having a reasonable, thoughtful debate," Sensenbrenner wrote in a letter to the president. "Although we may have strong disagreements on the best ways to reduce gun violence, it is my hope that we can both agree that video games targeting specific individuals who speak out on this issue, is counterproductive."

The president Wednesday proposed comprehensive gun policy reform that included a series of executive actions. One of those recommendations includes directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform additional research on gun violence, which includes researching violent video games. 

Jerry Bean January 17, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Wait, so some patriots want to use a video game to practice their shooting abilities and Jim Sensenbrenner wants to stop them from using a tool to improve their marksmanship? Sensenbrenner is getting soft and is showing his true colors that he doesn't support the 2nd Amendment. First he denounces virtual target practice, then he'll take issue with those patriotic shooting ranges that use Obama cutouts for target practice right here in the county! He had been silent in those as a way to show support, but now gets soft. Jim, I think it's time to retire because you can no longer be trusted to protect our right to bear any and all arms as guaranteed in the constitution and by Jesus. Good men like Paul Ryan vomit at the idea of even demanding person provide a name for purchasing a Tec-9 with 1,500 rounds of armor piercing bullets. Heck, he would even prove that by not allowing anyone who wants that weaponry and to not be allowed to carry wherever and whenever they want because they feel it will protect them when they feel the slightest sense of danger is as Catholic as apple pie!
Michael McClusky January 17, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Remember, a video game today will result in World War III tomorrow. Who is Obama to say which game will bring this about is anyone's guess.
Luke January 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM
@Jerry Just exactly what is it about "denounce" that you don't freaking understand, and why on earth are you confusing the word with "stop"??? One would think that contained in such a verbose rant you would have at least a sentence fragment that applied to the context.
Nick Schweitzer January 17, 2013 at 03:53 PM
There are also video games where people can steal cars, run over people with them, shoot at police officers, and have sex with prostitutes (Grand Theft Auto). That doesn't mean those teenagers are going to commit any of those acts. Get over yourself Jim, and stop trying to censor people.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 17, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Remember when Pacman promoted over-eating and violence against ghosts?
Steve ® January 17, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Way to comprehend what Mr. Sensenbrenner is getting at. Please re-read and report back. K thanks.
Ann January 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Let me get this straight - the videogame uses NRA officials as targets and he is against it. But the NRA using the President's daughters and that he is ok with. Time for this fat ..... to go.
Luke January 18, 2013 at 02:20 AM
@Ann What exactly is it about "targets" that you don't understand?
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 05:55 AM
No Ann. You don't have that straight. It's actually pretty limp.
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Why do we not have a report back Nick?

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