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January 16, 2013 - 6:46 am

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) asked President Obama to denounce a video game inviting users to take shots at National Rifle Association leaders.

The “Bullet to the Head of the NRA” game, available on the Facepunch site, specifically targets NRA President David Keene and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. One scene depicts LaPierre standing at a podium, giving a speech with a crosshair over his head.

“Making threats against public figures who speak out either for or against gun control prevents us from having a reasonable, thoughtful debate. 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 wrote to Obama yesterday.

“I urge you to publicly denounce this video game. Your voice can serve a powerful tool to emphasize the need for a civilized discussion,” Sensenbrenner continued. “I look forward to a robust debate of the complex issues surrounding gun safety in the new Congress.”

Obama is scheduled to announce his package of gun-control proposals at around noon in the South Court Auditorium at the White House.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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