iPhone Gun Disassembly App Review Goes Political
(GunReports.com) -- A straightforward review of an iPhone application on toucharcade.com has turned into a contentious back-and-forth between gun owners and gun haters.
In just a few posts, the online battle illustrates how the larger political battle over gun rights is fought in the public square.
The review is headlined, 'Gun Disassembly 3D' Review Second Amendment, Meet the App Store." Written by Peter Lettieri, its a discussion of a 99-cent iPhone game or puzzle. Lettieri writes, Less of a game and more of a demonstration of each and every working part in 5 different handguns, Gun Disassembly is a technical app with an extraordinary amount of detail in both the included weapon models and their many animated parts.
And then, To begin, there are two handguns to choose from, the Colt 1911 and Glock 17. Selecting one of these enables you to view a complete demonstration of the gun being completely disassembled and then re-assembled. The demonstration and the game component itself is set around a 3D model of the weapon, with the camera able to zoom and pan around various components. The demo runs through the correct steps (complete with full animation of even the smallest screws being removed) and the game mode then has you replicating these steps to achieve the best time score possible.
Lettieri closes with, Though it is promoted as a game, Gun Disassembly 3D is nonetheless a technical app with very limited appeal. That didn't stop it from piquing at our curiosity however, as it can be quite a singular experience to see a firearm like this being taken apart before your very eyes, let alone being able to go about it yourself.
But in the comments section below the review, the tone quickly shifts into a 2nd Amendment slamdown. "Mac", one of the first commenters, writes, Good writeup. I hope more guns are added to the app. Oh and I hope this article doesn't scare any wimpy paranoid liberals.
Then a commenter named "Moist" rejoins, I dont know of a single "wimpy liberal" who is against the 2nd amendment. Where do you guys get this crap. And why start a political fight right off the top? Couldnt you just comment on the app?
Later, poster "JCat" writes, Well of course how to assemble a gun puzzle-like game is way approved over nudity in our country. I mean, after all, it so unsafe for our children to see a man/women in their most natural state, so we'll just teach to kill 'em instead.
Many of the gun-hating comments reflect the tone of "menoms" posts, which include, Everyone is a responsible gun owner until they go nuts. A person going nuts without a gun is less of a problem than one with a gun. If everyone has the right to bear arms you end up with a country with multiple news stories of people going nuts, followed by gun-toting killing sprees. maybe this sounds familiar to you?
And this bit of wisdom from "Hieronimus": I find the subject matter of the app repulsive. I see its technical excellence and consider a great idea the possibilities of technical puzzles, but personally i find creepy this gun fetish too.
Lettieri tries to bring the thread back to the app review by writing, We aren't pushing a political stance at all here, because well I'm not even American! I'm from Australia where all these weapons are strictly banned and I'm more than happy for them to stay that way. That doesn't mean I can't appreciate the technical and artistic credibility of this app .
To read the review and the comments, click here.
To look at the iTunes preview of Viacheslav Klimovs Gun Disassembly 3D app, click here.