In a bid to capitalize on the Nation's recent lust for zombie-themed-everything and America's inherent love of firearms, a new tourist attraction has opened up in Kissimmee, Florida, offering patrons the opportunity to shoot real automatic weapons in a variety of fictional, pop-cultured scenarios.
Despite this summer's accidental shooting tragedy at a gun range in Arizona, the gun-tourism industry continued to soar in 2014, intriguing travelers and drawing in visitors from around the world to experience America's liberal firearm culture, and the thrills of shooting Hollywood-esque machine guns.
Enter, Machine Gun America, a local Floridian's take on the gun-tourism experience, which allows visitors to engage in simulated warfare against a variety of attackers, from dastardly Bond-villains and wild-west cattle rustlers, to Mafioso shooters and the ever-popular undead brain-eater.
Self-described as Central Florida's "first Automatic Adrenaline Attraction," Machine Gun America opened just weeks ago in December, and hopes to revitalize central Florida's aging tourism industry by attracting foreign gun enthusiasts, and millennials eager to safely re-enact moments from their favorite TV action-dramas.
Safety is an obvious concern for many, and after a 9 year old accidently killed a range-instructor after losing control of an automatic Uzi last summer, many are considering age restrictions for gun ranges nation-wide. Though no sweeping legislation has been passed down as of yet, Machine Gun America has attempted to quell national concerns by allowing no one under the age of 13 to participate in their simulated scenarios. A number of other safety measures are in place at Machine Gun America as well, including ear and eye protection, and having instructors within arm's reach of all patrons, at all times.
Since its inception, Machine Gun America has been at the center of an ethical debate, weighing whether sensationalizing firearm culture creates a spike in societal violence against the benefits of training and educating civilians to handle guns properly in a society wrought with misunderstanding.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue of permitting children to fire automatic weapons, it doesn't change the fact that the general public, domestic and international, loves to shoot guns, and the United States is the easiest place to do it. Couple humanity's inherent trigger-happiness with the ability to participate in a fully-automatic re-enactment of popular media themes, and you have Machine Gun America - an aptly-titled, yet slightly stereotypical representation of the United States to tourists and locals alike.
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