Guardian – Apple has replaced its hand gun emoji with a water pistol – reflecting growing despair in America and worldwide over gun crime. The change comes in the wake of continuing gun violence in the US, including the killing of two black men by police and the resulting spate of deadly attacks against officers. The new green and orange emoji, with white plastic trigger, looks distinctly like a harmless toy and will replace the black and silver revolver. The change, which comes into effect from September, was announced as Apple released 100 new emoji, including a rainbow flag, female athletes, police officers and construction workers and single-parent families.
Well shit. America is all about gun control and stopping all the violence, and now the first giant step taken is to change all of the emoji guns into squirt guns? How am I supposed to let people on the internet know I’m pissed and want to put a gun to my head and not look like an asshole? Not a good look for me using the squirt gun. Now people won’t take me serious enough. Can’t have it. Won’t have it.
We have Amendments for a reason. What’s next, getting rid of the eggplant and peach emojis? Give me a break. Apple needs to fight the good fight and stop this madness before it spirals out of control.