Hey, this will stick it to the gun nuts! Apple is replacing their gun emoji with a water gun in its next update, probably due to the tens of activists who complained about it. And you know, all the people who lost their lives to a pixelated revolver. Someone has to save the poop emoji, you guys. He’s just smiling, then along comes revolver emoji, who makes the sh1t emoji hit the fan.
Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun emoji, the company announced on Monday.
But as part of the latest update, Apple actually removed an emoji. Apple has replaced the handgun emoji with a bright green icon that looks like a classic Super Soaker water pistol.
Activist groups have put pressure on Apple to change its cartoonish gun emoji, given the level of gun violence in the United States. Microsoft’s emoji font already interprets the gun emoji as a toy gun.
Right, because emojis are jumping out of their text boxes and killing all the people!
Yes, we’re talking about pixels here. But as always, there’s a larger point. Firstly, a squirt gun? How is one going to use a squirt gun in a text? But then again, when was the last time I used the mailbox emoji? Or the bow emoji? Which means, if Apple is going to 86 some emojis, they have a long way to go. More isn’t always better, Tim Cook, sometimes it’s just more.
Second, a squirt gun is still fired at people. Sure, it’s not shooting hollow points, but shot in the right place, a squirt gun could ruin your reputation, while garnering calls for adult diapers. You know what I’m saying?
But most importantly, all this is? Virtue signaling. Apple just gave a giant “WE CARE SO MUCH!” thumbs up emoji to the anti-gun loons who got triggered by a pixelated trigger. Yes, it’s only symbolism. Because I’m just not sure what kind of real life result Apple hoped to have with this. Will “gun violence” numbers take a downturn since Apple nixed the emoji? Will criminals report they were thinking about getting their criminal on, but stopped because they couldn’t adequately communicate their master plan to their accomplices with a squirt gun emoji? “Bob, I told you to bring the Glock, what’s with the super soaker?” “But your emoji! It was a squirt gun!”
Look, at the end of the day, who cares? The “activists” who thought this was important are the same people who thought the Facebook icon was sexist and complained. It means nothing, and after SJWs high five each other over sticking it to the NRA or whatever, they’ll just move on to some other outrage…like Wonder Woman being Jewish.
That doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at them, or use this as an excuse to post one of our our favorite .gifs of all time.
It also doesn’t mean we can’t continue to point out how the anti-gun lobby are lying liars who lie. But hey, squirt guns. Thank the Lord Almighty we finally got rid of the revolver emoji. Because one probably couldn’t use it properly without a background check. Unless one used it through the iPhone Gun Show loophole. Or something?
Speaking of “loopholes” check out another stupid anti-gun meme getting debunked: