“Developed with our activist, volunteer, and grassroots army in mind, this one-stop shop will allow anyone with a smartphone to join the frontlines of the fight to defend the Second Amendment.” That’s the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) description of their new mobile phone app. Click here to download.
Over the course of the next few weeks and months, app users will be able to earn actions points to unlock badges and climb the leaderboard. They’ll be able to chat with like-minded activists from around the country. They’ll be able to share user-generated content, and engage with NRA images, videos, and stories. They’ll be able to stay up to date on events in their area. They’ll be able to contact their lawmakers with their thumbs. In short, they’ll be able to stand and fight for the Second Amendment like never before.
I’ve played with the app and one thing stands out: it asks for access to my contacts. Hey, at least it asks.
Credit the NRA with realizing that in the intertubes age, faster is always better. Speed, surprise and violence of action and all that.