At first glance it seems like a well-crafted joke, but anti-gun organization New Yorkers Against Gun Violence have set their crosshairs on the iPhone’s gun emoji, claiming that abolishing the tiny pixels is the first step towards showing America that it’s citizens want even stricter gun control laws.
The ad flashes a series of text-like messages, reading:
“With 33,000 American deaths a year, gun violence has become a losing battle. Even our president has admitted defeat. But there’s something we can do. There is a gun we all carry. That we can all give up. #DisarmTheiPhone. Tweet Apples’ CEO @TimCook and ask to have the gun emoji removed. And by removing the gun emoji, we’ll show America wants stricter access to real guns.”
It’s difficult to see the connection between a gun emoji and “stricter access to real guns.” But the NYAGV seems adamant that the menacing virtual six-shooter has to go.
“We realized that many Americans unknowingly carry a gun with them every day. The one that was given to them without a background check: the gun emoji,” reads an open letter to Apple CEO Time Cook.
What? Maybe they would feel more comfortable if iPhone users were subjected to a background check before their purchase.
“The gun emoji has taken root in our culture and our digital conversations,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV executive director. “Let’s all call on Apple to get rid of the virtual gun and publicly join our call for universal background checks on all gun sales.”
If NYAGV is successful in their campaign against gun emojis, perhaps they’ll next embark on banning the word “gun” from texts.
If you’re interested in learning more about how dangerous the gun emoji truly is, you can visit DisarmTheiPhone.com.
(This article was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)