HAMPTON, VA — In a joint statement this afternoon with the NRA, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia has announced that the first mass shooting on the moon will take place by 2040 “at the latest.” For decades, NASA’s efforts to achieve moon colonization have been negligible, but today’s statement is seen by many as a great step forward for the agency.

The statement outlines a plan crafted by the two organizations to ensure the “adequate social climate for a shooting on the moon of a semi-large size to happen.” The methods to achieve such a climate are ones that will be gradual but will “most definitely be the quickest and most effective ways we can think of to pull it off,” according to the press release from today.

Along with the guns already being provided to those chosen to live NASA’s upcoming colony on the moon, the NRA is working with the government agency to conduct background checks, to “ensure those going to the moon and getting guns are definitely mentally ill and primed to ‘do it’, if you know what we mean,” according to representatives from both organizations.

“I’m relieved that Americans get to maintain such a fundamental part of the American dream, even on the moon,” Kent Moore, President of the Civil Rights In Space Defense Fund, a subsidiary of the NRA, exclaimed after the announcement. “Why would we allow a generation to grow up without this vital aspect of daily life?”

The impact of this pledge is resonating with many Americans, who have felt wary of space colonization because of the possibility of restricted rights on those colonies.

“In America,” Lamar Neilson of the Lunar Rights Foundation told us, “the odds of dying in a mass shooting are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. It’s just part of being an American. Those on Earth shouldn’t be treated differently from their lunar counterparts. At the Lunar Rights Foundation, we refuse to stay silent on this. We will fight for Americans on the moon to live in the same fear of a random mass slaughter Earthen Americans experience.”

Dawn Wilson, a strong critic of the statement and former member of her local elementary school’s PTO, has called it “a disgusting outrage” shortly after its release. On her blog she, and many like her, declared her rage:

“This nonsense press release falls way too short of what I wanted. Are you kidding me with this? 2040? It’s flooring that we’ll be waiting that long for something I think is just common sense. My kids are expecting mass shootings. I’ve got them prepared. I’ve put fear in them. And now we’re going to be sitting around for more than 20 years?”

She and others have pointed out, rightfully so, that we must be thinking of the children throughout all of this. As Americans ourselves, we at APR News agree that we need to strive as a society to make sure this central tenet of American life isn’t sacrificed on any future space endeavors. We left our flag on the moon as a mark that America has a presence there. We need to go back and leave a mark of our culture.