Does this seem like a good idea to you? By Zaid Jilani December 19, 2014 |
Orlando is America’s Theme Park mecca, home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot and other major attractions that are fun for the whole family, as the saying goes. On Saturday, a new theme parkis opening that not only targets kids, it encourages kids to target zombies, criminals and other make-believe nemeses with real, high-powered machine guns.
Yup, you read that right.
Machine Gun America bills itself as Orlando’s “most thrilling attraction….Whether you’re looking to unleash your inner action star or become a zombie hunter, experience the exhilarating rush of shooting real machine guns and powerful firearms for a thrill unlike any other.”
Machine Gun America is already taking bookings, and lists some of the scenarios into which young people and others will be able to take real firearms, everything from “special ops” to “the walking dread” to “gangster land.”
The Orlando Sentinel went down to Machine Gun America for a sneak peek a few days ago. One of the theme park’s employees demonstrated that they have everything from uzi-style weapons for “gangster” scenarios to World War I weapons for war situations.
To critics of the park who questioned the wisdom of giving kids as young as 13 a taste of handling semi-automatic weapons, general manager Bruce Nierenberg said, “It’s romanticizing our freedom and our history. I mean, it’s part of American life. That’s how we gained our freedom.”
“It’s like any other attraction,” says Wess Doss, another employee. “It’s just a little higher on the adrenaline scale than a gift shop, or a miniature golf course.”