EA's Simpsons game triggers gun fans' ire
They're up in arms over 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out,' which has snarky comments about the NRA squirreled away in it.
Electronic Arts (EA) is finding out that making fun of the National Rifle Association is a surefire way to get the organization's supporters up in arms.
EA's iPad and iPhone game "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" is based on the long-running Fox animated show, and it asks players to rebuild Springfield after Homer accidentally ruins the town by causing a meltdown at the power plant.
While that's all standard fare, one of the game's top levels includes snarky commentary about the NRA that's prompting some gun-rights supporters to fire off angry complaints.
EA apparently never thought people would play the game long enough to get to level 30, the Daily Mail reports.
Level 30 includes one exchange in which Bart Simpson asks his friend Milhouse if he wants to visit the town's new gun shop, according to dialogue recorded by SimpsonsWiki.net.
"Of course!" Milhouse responds. "After all, the NRA says it's the safest place for kids."
Bart then replies, "They also say us kids should sleep under a blanket made of loaded guns. You know -- for safety."
"I eat my cereal every morning with a gun instead of a spoon. Because more guns everywhere means safer kids. Thanks, NRA!" Milhouse responds.
At another point, Chief Wiggums asks whether he needs a background check to buy an AK-49, and a store clerk responds, "Of course not. That would infringe on your constitutional right to never be inconvenienced -- even in the tiniest, most reasonable way -- when guns are involved."
"The Simpsons," which airs on a News Corp. (NWS) network, is known for taking on some of America's hottest issues, from same-sex marriage to Gitmo.
Gun blog The Truth About Guns complained that the game reflects that the "media's assault on gun owners, painting them as uncaring, heartless psychopaths who just want to kill people, continues apace."
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one of my favorite simpons quotes;
"5 day waiting period?!? But I'm angry now!" - Homer
The Muslim fundamentalist psychology all too often accurately describes the American gun nut / NRA parishoner.
Don't be surprised if one of ours, in the name of the Second Amendment Commandment, does to someone at EA what one of theirs did to filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
"Psychopathic minds think alike."
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