Mega tech influencer Apple Inc. has made a clear statement that they are all for stronger gun control in the US with the big move to replace the pistol emoji with a water gun in the newest iOS update. Soon your silver and black pistol will be gone, and you’ll have access to a fun orange and green water gun. The change came after the advocacy group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence contacted Apple and asked them to reconsider the gun emoji, in light of the recent shootings in the United States. Apple is aware that this change isn’t going to move mountains when it comes to gun violence in the US, but they don’t want to participate in perpetuating the idea that using guns in everyday situations is ok, even if that means using the icon in everyday texting and social media (they even refused to add a rifle to their emoji mix last year). Good move, Apple!
Apple is replacing the Pistol Emoji with a Water Gun