Gun Control Group Targets iPhone’s Gun Emoji with ‘DisarmTheiPhone’ Campaign

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

(This article was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Ron August 5, 2016, 6:34 pm

    I, personally, couldn’t care less about the use of these childish pictures, but I imagine that young people enjoy using them and that’s good for Apple. However, the powers at Apple need to realize that knuckling under to the anti-gunner groups will just be a stepping stone for more demands from them as well as from other anti this-or- that crowds bent on having their way. If Apple would put forth the effort to conduct a survey, they would probably find that there are more iPhone, iPad users who are pro-gunners than there are antis. And I encourage every pro who uses an Apple product, to let Apple know that they don’t support the emoji change. It’s the principle, not the picture. The squeeking wheel gets the grease. We need to squeel louder than the antis.

  • steve August 5, 2015, 2:43 am

    I, for one, will be tweeting Apple CEO Time Cook, asking, nay, DEMANDING that he NOT get rid of the gun emoji. i encourage all of you out there to do the same.

  • gary August 4, 2015, 10:11 am

    I think its great!
    Maybe, just maybe the fence sitters will finally realize what morons anti gunners Really Are.
    Once other people know how stupid anti gunners truly are they will lose more and more power over the American people that are to lazy to have a opinion of their own. These are the ones that consider people (like Actors) to be role models. I am not saying ALL Actors are stupid and have no thoughts of their own, unless it is written to be “their own thoughts.” Only about 90% of them.
    The dumber things are that they do, that even rail sitters consider to be moronic, the better off thinking people are.
    I mean really, does anyone truly believe that those that would even consider banning this is capable of even driving to a voting station? Much less know how to even register to do so?
    No, this group are the ones that make up the majority of those that never vote at all. Simply because if they even could walk or drive to a voting station, they are to stupid to know where it is.
    And remember, only about 8% of the people in this country even use Apple products. And we ALL know Why that is!
    Lucky thing for the rest of us for sure!

  • DanF. August 4, 2015, 9:41 am

    I guess I’m either way out of touch or my smart phone is smarter than I am, but what in hell is an “emoji?”

  • Where's Common Sense? August 3, 2015, 10:08 pm

    This is stupid. Really moronic. Take off these emojis too, then: knife (more die by knives than guns), bomb, pocket knife, scissors, pen, car, wrench, hammer.

  • Hank the tank August 3, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Well then, I will go out and buy a real gun then, asap!!!
    What retards.
    I use to love my country , you know when we ALL said the pledge allegiance to the flag. I’m so disappointed and embarrassed by our behavior. We need to offend everyone and take back tour country!

  • Scott August 3, 2015, 2:03 pm

    How coul we possibly get through our day without the step by step guidance provided by these modern day equivalents of the Castrati!
    A castrato (Italian, plural: castrati) is a type of classical male singing voice equivalent to that of a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto. The voice is produced by castration of the singer before puberty, or it occurs in one who, due to an endocrinological condition, never reaches sexual maturity.

  • Larry August 3, 2015, 12:14 pm

    Idiots, morons & nincompoops, all.

  • Second Amendment August 3, 2015, 10:18 am

    Well, looking at how the YouTube votes on this video are overwhelmingly thumbs-down, I think the creators of this nonsense might get the message. Amazingly, comments section on this YouTube vid are open. Post away, boys.

  • Jim August 3, 2015, 10:17 am


  • tmonk August 3, 2015, 9:30 am

    The sad reality about things like this is the press and air time this crap is given by our chicken sh%t news media, the media waves the flag of what ever side is deemed to be politically .correct by our elected leaders IT IS TIME FOR VOTERS TO STEP UP AND BE HEARD VOTE THE WELL BEING OF THIS NATION

  • jadwinjim August 3, 2015, 9:11 am

    I agree the IPHONE gun emoji should be removed as a being dangerous. And while they are
    at it remove all emoji’s dealing with blacks, especially the one with blond hair. Don’t need
    THUG emoji’s either

  • Ram6 August 3, 2015, 8:59 am

    This is without a doubt the silliest effort by the gun grabbers yet. Tim Cook and his ilk should be ashamed of this entire effort. As if banning some sort of silly symbol has some sort of effect on all criminals who own (stolen) iPhones. Let’s just have a world wide effort to ban the word “gun”. Then no one will ever be shot, or maimed or killed again by some moron with a firearm, because with the word gone then the item will be gone as well. Huh? Do these people play with a full deck at any time in their pathetic lives?

  • Ranger Rick August 3, 2015, 8:13 am

    If they feel “gun” emojis need to be banned, then they need to drop this one as well :

    Kids in kindergarten are catching hell for this ‘violent’ symbol.

  • shrugger August 3, 2015, 7:40 am

    You can have my pixelated gun when you pry the iPhone from my cold dead hand.

    • Pontius POTUS August 3, 2015, 9:14 am

      I agree the IPHONE gun emoji should be removed as it very dangerous. And while they are
      at it remove all emoji’s dealing with blacks, especially the one with blond hair. Don’t need
      THUG emoji’s either they are more dangerous especially when combined with the gun emoji

    • John Dodge August 3, 2015, 10:24 pm

      Is there one for Samsung?

  • Jonathan August 3, 2015, 2:59 am

    What a bunch of weak-minded idiots. And to think, I have to share the air I breathe with them. What a waste of resources.

    • Rob August 3, 2015, 8:50 am


    • Bill T August 3, 2015, 1:21 pm

      How do you load it. I can’t find ammo for mine!

      • Where's Common Sense? August 3, 2015, 10:06 pm

        There are even great gun simulation apps which you can load!

    • Dave Hicks August 4, 2015, 9:05 pm

      I dropped mine but it didn’t go off.

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