Apple replaces the pistol emoji with a water gun

Which I’m sure will stop gun violence – at least symbolically.
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From Money CNN: Bullets are out, water is in. Apple is replacing the controversial (not to me!) pistol emoji with a green water gun in the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 10.
The gun swap is just one of a number of emoji changes the company announced on Monday. It will also introduce new and revamped emojis that show women doing stereotypically male jobs like detective, construction worker, and police officer. There are new female athletes, a pride flag, and family options for single parents.
The water gun swap is not Apple’s first foray into cartoon gun control. Earlier this year the governing body in charge of emojis nixed a proposed rifle emoji. It was one of a number of possible new additions, but Unicode Consortium members Apple and Microsoft argued against the Olympics-inspired gun, according to Buzzfeed.
The pistol and other weapon emojis have landed people in trouble with the law. A 12-year-old in Virginia was charged after allegedly threatening her school in an Instagram post that used a gun, knife and bomb emoji. A teen in Brooklyn was arrested for posting a police emoji with pistol emojis pointing at his head. The charges were later dropped.
A French court ruled a pistol emoji could constitute a death threat, sentencing a man to three months in prison for texting the gun to his ex-girlfriend.
Last year, an organization called New Yorkers Against Gun Violence started a campaign to get Apple to replace its version of the pistol emoji. It launched a site, disarmtheiphone.com, and sent an open letter to remove the firearm emoji “as a symbolic gesture to limit gun accessibility.”
“Apple has stood up to the bullying tactics of the NRA and gun industry by showing that there are many more life-affirming ways to express oneself than with a gun,” said Leah Barrett, NYAGV’s Executive Director on Monday.
Microsoft has long used a toy gun emoji instead of a pistol in Windows. Google, Samsung, Facebook and Twitter all still use realistic pistol emojis.
Apple will release iOS 10 this fall. Anyone eager to talk about water gun toting female surfers flying a pride flag can download the public beta of iOS 10 now.
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vistabee
vistabee
4 years ago

Better remove the knife, bomb, truck, cigarette, and fork emojis, too! Somebody might be offended!

TrailDust
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TrailDust
4 years ago

I am honestly ashamed to use Apple’s products. I’ve owned a Mac since 1994, and this is making me think it’s time to switch platforms next time a new computer is needed.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
4 years ago
Reply to  TrailDust

If the Mac works well for you,don’t let politics sway you from it. It might be worth sending the (mis)management a message,with emoji’s of everything you can find that’s heavy,hard or sharp,and tell them that if you were gonna threaten ’em,taking the gun wouldn’t save ’em-ANYTHING can be used as a weapon. Corporate mind control won’t change that,they should “grow a set” and quit trying to control Humanity.

Paul Blake
4 years ago

You begin to wonder if our government and the liberal fools in this country will ever look at themselves in the mirror one day, and realize they are the ones who need to grow-up? Not the American Conservative who loves their Republic!

Steven Broiles
4 years ago

Adults behaving like paranoid and petulant churlish children! I don’t buy Apple products because of their slave factories in China. THAT is something worth getting offended about!

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
4 years ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

Steven . . . . . “Adults behaving like paranoid and petulant churlish children!” . . . . . that just about says it all!
I am sure (sarc) that I feel the world is a safer place today because of this stand which was taken by them. NOT. A stupider gaggle of persons could never be found than these dimwits. It defies imagination that they think this change could or would alter the world in one iota!

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
4 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

I see this as just another chapter in the feminization of America. Maybe we should fight our next battle with pillows instead of guns. I’m SURE our adversaries would be down with that. (sarc)

Ross Blankert
Ross Blankert
4 years ago

Liberal insanity. Islam is a peaceful religion. Guns commit the crimes. If you put your head firmly up your rectum, there will be no more problems.

Joe
Joe
4 years ago

Apple is part of the Gigantic Left Wing Freak Show!