In the aftermath of several deadly shootings in the U.S, Apple has made a change – by replacing their pistol emoji with a water pistol instead.
In the midst of mounting concern surrounding gun violence and gun control in America, Apple’s current black and silver revolver emoji is being deleted and changed to a bright green water pistol with a white trigger – quite the difference indeed.
Apple who have released over 100 new emojis, said in a statement:
This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.
However, as you can probably expect, people are fucking fuming that the tech giants have taken away their gun emoji:
Apple can change the gun emoji to a water pistol, I'll just send pictures of actual guns instead. #PussificationOfAmerica
— Pig the Dog (@SavageHellBeast) August 2, 2016
?? this is going to look ridiculous with a damn water pistol. Changing an emoji will not eliminate the gun control problem in the USA
— Kirsten Chicot (@KirstenChic) August 2, 2016
R.I.P. Pistol emoji ?#?
— James Soren Stone (@Soren_Stone) August 2, 2016
So Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a water gun emoji. Congratulations on being the biggest pussies on earth @AppleSupport
— ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ (@King_Cole_316) August 2, 2016
— Leah Harding (@LeahHardingAJE) August 2, 2016
— Chris Ward ✨ (@Chris_M_Ward) August 2, 2016
Why would they get ride of the pistol emoji???? , guns r real people get over it
— greg (@greg_caldarone) August 2, 2016
— Dr. Pablo Pistola (@drpablopistola) August 2, 2016
— BRUMSKY (@BrummelsJustin) August 2, 2016
Just heard Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun. Someone please tell me they got that from The Onion
— Alli Bramlett (@AlliBramlett) August 2, 2016
And yes, that’s just a few.
Personally, I think the change is definitely done with a good heart, but at the end of the day it’s a gun emoji. It’s not a real gun, it’s a minuscule sketch of a revolver. It’s not going to change anything.
Although guns are a very real and serious threat in America, and something which are the constant centre of debate, gun emojis never killed anybody.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.