Apple is removing the bullets and replacing them with water. As it turns out, we will soon see a water gun emoji in place of the controversial pistol. As a matter of fact, the pistol is just one of several emojis that Apple will revamp and replace in the iOS 10 update. The replacing of the long-lived pistol emoji is raising many eyebrows and has fans wanting to know on thing: why?
Bullets are out; water is in
The pistol trade-off is just one of many emojis that the multinational technology company publicized on Monday. Additionally, Apple will also be launching new and redesigned emojis that involve women doing stereotypical male jobs, including a construction worker, detective, and police officer. Also, there will be female athletes, a pride flag, and even family options for single parents.
Adding the plastic water squirter isn’t Apple’s first attempt at cartoon gun control. Just earlier this year, the governing body that is in charge of emojis rejected the suggested Olympics-inspired rifle emoji. It was one of the several potential new additions. However, Microsoft and Apple were not for the rifle but instead against it, according to BuzzFeed.
Pistol emoji stirring up legal trouble
The pistol emoji, as well as the other cartoon weapons, have caused quite a bit of legal trouble for some individuals. For example, a young twelve-year-old in Virginia found herself charged for allegedly threatening her school. In an Instagram post, she included the gun, knife, and bomb emoji.
Likewise, a teen in Brooklyn, New York was arrested for posting a police emoji with the gun emoji pointing at its head. However, the teen ended up walking away with zero charges.
Taking a stand against gun violence
In 2015, an organization known as New Yorkers Against Gun Violence created a campaign to get Apple to replace the pistol emoji. Also, the group launched a website, www.disarmtheiphone.com, and sent out an open letter to remove the firearm emoji. The organization claimed that doing so would be a symbolic gesture to limit gun accessibility.
Leah Barrett, the executive director of the NYAGV, made a statement about the matter on Monday.
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.
Microsoft has already been one step ahead of Apple, being that it has long used a toy gun emoji instead of a pistol in Windows. Conversely, Google, Samsung, and Twitter all still use realistic pistol emojis.
Apple is set to release the iOS 10 this upcoming fall. If you have something to say about water gun toting female surfers waving a pride flag, you can download the public beta of iOS 10 right now.
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