Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is calling on President Barack Obama to denounce an online video game that encourages players to shoot and kill National Rifle Association officials.
In a letter to Obama, Sensenbrenner on Tuesday voiced concern about the video game, “Bullet to the Head of the NRA,” which allows players to assassinate NRA President David Keene with a scoped firearm. (RELATED: Developer of “Bullet” NRA game admits to wanting as much publicity as possible)
“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 his letter. “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 congressman, who boasts an “A” rating from the NRA, urged the president to “publicly denounce this video game and encourage civil discussion on the matter.”
The developer of “Bullet” said on an online forum that the game is a response to the NRA’s suggestion that violent video games encourage gun violence. (RELATED: In first post-Sandy Hook press event, NRA attacks gore-filled video games, films)
“I really want to shoot Wayne [LaPierre] in the head in a video game because I’m pissed about how he and others on his side have blamed violence on video games,” the developer said on the forum, under the username “gizmo01942.”
The developer is also reportedly working on another shooting game based on Sandy Hook, titled “Class Warfare.”