Apple removes handgun emoji, replaces it with a squirt gun

“Apple’s latest software update for the iPhone and iPad features one of its subtlest but most symbolically significant design changes yet. iOS 10, which will be available for free download this fall, removes the revolver emoji and replaces it with a squirt gun,” Carl Franzen reports for Popular Science.

“The change is available now to developers who download iOS 10 beta,” Franzen reports. “But if you do install iOS 10 beta 4, the revolver is gone and a green squirt gun with an orange tip appears in its place. The squirt gun emoji change comes alongside ‘more than 100’ other changes to Apple’s emoji, including more options for skin tones, more women in diverse professional roles, and more detailed characters. In one example, the ‘Running Man’ emoji appears more 3D.”

Current handgun emoji (left) and Apple's replacement, a green squirt gun (right)
Current handgun emoji (left) and Apple’s replacement, a green squirt gun (right)

“With millions of people using emoji in their daily communications, even the smallest changes will have significant impacts on our conversations. Apple’s stances on emoji can’t help but have political ramifications, in other words,” Franzen reports. “In this case, the change to the squirt gun emoji comes two years after a social media campaign called #DisarmTheiPhone was launched by advocacy group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, with the goal of pressuring Apple to drop support for the revolver emoji.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Leave it to Apple to solve the pressing issue of gun violence via text message.

What’s next, replacing the knife emoji with a spork? The bomb with a firecracker? The sword with a feather?

iOS knife, bomb, and sword emoji
iOS knife, bomb, and sword emoji

This is political correctness run amok.

And, BTW, that squirt gun doesn’t hold water, it’s full of hydrochloric acid.

Acid beaker and squirt gun emoji

Apple quashes rifle Emoji – June 20, 2016


  1. Maybe replacing the gun with a squirt gun is more about the fun emojis are supposedly about. There is nothing funny about a gun and the American love affair with the gun is responsible for taking away the freedom of the thousands of lives ruined by guns every year. Is there a a sexual intercourse emoji? HThat is at least fun! How about a porn emoji? What, MDN not complaining about that political correctness?

    1. Forget fun—the responses gathered here show that emoji stand in for the human id and ego, to exhume Freudian theory. Suggestive symbols are more evocative than explicit ones, because they afford the viewer a degree of intimacy, a complicity in the deciphering of the message. This is engaging in a way that porn is not. In terms of total emotional payoff, sweet anticipation of a long-desired consummation is far superior to a straight-up transaction. 💌📩🎉

      In the same way, gun emoji are bluntly objective, leaving little to the imagination. Something like the squirt gun forces the user to be creative, as MDN demonstrated with their acid wit. 🎯

      1. Oh god, I think I’m falling in love with a smoothbore musket. Is that inappropriate? Or a sign of a more mature fantasy life? I can’t wait to consummate the relationship. She blows me away, I pull her triggers, we have a barrel of fun. But sometimes it’s hard to keep my powder dry. At least I’m a cheap date, it takes a long time to get me loaded but once I am, the sparks really fly. Shoot, but then it’s over. I think I’ll go read a magazine.

  2. Basically, it comes down to this: Democrats wish to ban guns, except for the government and politicians. It’s called Tyranny. This is the exact reason for the second amendment. To prevent this from ever happening with a government run amok. And that is what we will have if Hilldabeast is elected.

        1. I’m sorry, maybe i didn’t understand your post. I thought you were making the case that you should not have your gun emoji taken away from you, by citing it’s protection under the 2nd amendment or something.

  3. Apple is now filtering Siri results based their political bias. Just Ask Siri about any movie and you’ll get great results. Then ask “Hillary’s America Movie” and you do not get a result. I don’t think I can support an company that forces any form of political ideology on the user.

  4. Fair to assume that 🚬(cigarette) will be replaced with a vape stick? After all, cancer related deaths from smoking and second hand smoke kill far more people than guns.

  5. I am not an American. I live and work in Europe. But I have message to all people too lazy to vote:

    Better stop this madness now and go and choose your leader wisely or get use to more of your freedoms to be grabbed. So called “progressive leftists” not gonna stop here if you let them. They’ll never be fulfilled with the corrections done on the social landscape. They’ll always try to forcibly change every part of their civilisation and it’s very organic nature by fetishising tyranny and expanding culture wars. It’s time for you to tell your leaders where are the boarders. And maybe for some the boarders for all this madness are far far away or there’s none. And that’s fine. Because if you go and vote with the others you’ll determine for yourselves what you all really wanted.

    If you are going to roll over this minor emoji change and refuse to try to connect the dots back, perhaps you should also stop using the verbal language and exchange it with the Trigglypuff’s pantomime – it’s getting more and more trendy and will segue you nicely from this reality to the anticipated one. Go ahead! Bounce!… Like all other brainwashed minions.

    Tim Cook/Apple stays dangerously close to the “progressive leftist’s”/socialist’s (globalist’s) agenda, because it incentivise Apple’s shareholders best in nowadays rigged economic system. I know he’d like to paint himself as a calm spokesman for the whole human rights movement and a fan of Dr. Martin Luther King but to me – for now – he is rather the biggest globalist shill figure in the corporate America.

    End of story! Best regards!!

  6. 💥🔫 Pow!Pow!Pow! Kind of over-the-cliff thinking, I’d opine. Yet another way we allow crazy people to screw up our lives. Just say no to loonies, no matter how murderous they are or how much they attempt to terrorize us. The US Constitution lives on in spite of them all. Let’s keep it that way.

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