Apple Can’t Handle Guns, Microsoft Mans up Replaces Ray Gun with Real Gun Emoji πŸ˜ƒ πŸ‘πŸ”«πŸ”«πŸ”«πŸ”«πŸ”«πŸ”«

New and old Apple pistol Emoji

New and old Apple pistol Emoji

On a modern computer, every character you type into your computer be it English, Chinese, Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs or Emojis areΒ represented by a Unicode codepoint. The UnicodeΒ consortium decides what should be included into this specification after being lobbied by the public, governments and corporations.

In 2010 the Unicode consortium published the Unicode 6.0 whichΒ added a pistol Emoji (πŸ”«) to the official Unicode specifications. Unicode does not define what a character looks like, that is up to font makers, but they define what the symbol should look like. In the case of the pistol emoji (code pointΒ U+1F52B), they commentedΒ that is should resemble a “handgun, revolver”.

Yesterday Apple statedΒ they will be replacing the pistol emoji symbol, which was a revolver, with a water pistol. The mainstream media are hailing this as a victory against gun violence. In reality this is just a means to suppress gun culture. See the above photo for a comparison with the old and the new Apple pistol emoji.

Meanwhile, the latest version of MIcrosoft WIndows 10 has just replaced their hideous Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 pistol emoji (a so called “ray gun”) with a cartoon revolver.

microsoft emoji

So we win one, and lose another. Earlier this year Microsoft and Apple successfully lobbied to prevent the Unicode consortium from adding a rifle emoji along with new sports emojis.

 



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • YS

    Why isn’t anyone complaining about the bomb emoji? πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£

    • Ceiling Cat

      The sun tanned religious semites (all of them) of peace use them. So it would be offensive to try to ban their favorite things.

      • +500,000 internet points. Bravo!

    • D

      What did one islamic mother say to the other? “Oh, they blow up so soon”

  • me

    What have we become

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      cheeky

  • D

    I “feel” soooo much safer now. Idiots

  • MisterSandman

    “Yet another victory in war…ew, no…battle…too violent…MARCH FOR JUSTICE(TM) against the forces of the evil gun lobby to keep them from offending my special snowflakiness.”

    -Pajama Boy

  • ZeFrog

    The gun emoji disappeared from the keyboard, but crime simulators like GTA remained available on the AppStore… I don’t understand where the logic is !

    • Garmanarnar

      GTA and other “murder simulators” make them a lot of money.

  • Graham2

    As we say in England, “wankers!”

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Nobody over the age of 12 should be using emojis anyway.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: Nobody over the age of 12 should be using emojis anyway

      Good luck with that. The growing infestation of Unicode icons represents nouveau hieroglyphs for the imminent post-literate age.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        And we have the perfect candidate for that age in Donald Trump.

        • Anonymoose

          I still call them emoticons. “Emoji” is weebspeak, and I don’t like weebspeak.

          • iksnilol

            Well, that’s their official name.

    • RocketScientist

      Go back to bed Grandpa. The Luby’s Cafeteria early bird special doesn’t start for another 2 hours.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        lololololololo

  • Garmanarnar

    Despite replacing it with a water pistol, aren’t they effectively (using their argument terms) continuing to glorify gun use? A water pistol is not a “gun” but it doesn’t stop being any less of a symbolic gun. People will still use it as if it were a gun, pointing it at other people and “shooting” them. What’s really changed?

    Like vegetarians/vegans eating imitation meat or wearing imitation leather; they’re both reinforcing the societal use of meat and leather and indulging in their own desire to continue the consumption of both, albeit in a “less icky” way.

    • Edeco

      ‘nother degree of symbolism? Interesting point about vegans, being earthy, I’d’ve probably just said “farting in the wind”.

  • nadnerbus

    Maybe it should be an animated GIF of a hand gun morphing into a walky talky, Spielberg style.

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  • In addition. iOS 10 ditches 🐷 And they already ditched 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    • (that was supposed to be bacon). But hey. There’s a whole set of emojis specifically for Ramadan.

  • Joshua

    I actually like the Windows ray gun, their revolver looks so bad, also, we’re talking about chat emotocon’s, if this is a victory/defeat for anybody we are in some serious WWI style trench warfare where losing a hundred men to gain a meter is a “Victory”
    can we review some of our priorities please?

  • IndyToddrick

    I noticed Apple also set the thumbs up emoticon as a black hand. Thumbs down is a white hand. Just a little weird. Why not have both colors for both?

    • Bealen

      Cause Freemasonry, maybe Satanism. One black glove and one white glove is a thing with them. Remember Apples logo is basically the fruit of temptation the serpent offered to Eve.

  • As long as Apple is being all “socially conscious” or whatever, when are they coming out with a Suicide Nets On A Chinese Factory emoji? Or a Backdoor Built Into Every iOS Device That Lets Law Enforcement Remotely Disable Its Cameras And Microphones emoji? Or even a The FBI Says Guns Are Used To Prevent More Crime Than They’re Used To Commit emoji?

  • Sasquatch

    Here