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Sandy Hook online shooting game draws criticism

NEWTOWN, Conn., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An online computer simulation game depicting the 2012 Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre has drawn criticism from relatives of victims.

The game -- named "The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary School" -- takes players through the home of shooter Adam Lanza's home, instructing them to "Shoot Mother" and "Get AR15 (assault rifle) and Clips."

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The virtual gunman then visits the school and fires at teachers and students, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Wednesday.

"Please tell me how playing a game that recreates how Vicki died would be beneficial," a relative of victim Vicki Soto wrote in a Twitter message to the game's creator, Ryan Jake Lambourn.

Lambourn defended himself online, saying the game is intended to promote stricter gun control measures.

He notes in the game's end credits he is a former resident of Houston, a city with a strong gun culture, and moved to Australia, where, he said, "Guns are no longer a noticeable part of Australian culture."

The game has been removed from one of the sites where it had been available, the newspaper said.

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