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Saturday, August 1, 2015

iPhone Emoji Means You’re Armed!

This is simply irresistible: New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (noted for their faux NYC gun store staffed by an actor best known for his role in a hyper-violent video game) wants Apple CEO Tim Cook to strip the caricatured revolver from the iPhone emoji character set.

Yes, really. In an open letter to Cook, NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett asserts: “We realized many Americans unknowingly carry a gun with them every day. The one that was given to them without a background check: The gun emoji.” Translation? Slightly cartoonish pictures of firearms should worry you as much as actual firearms.

Two things come to mind. First, we want your life: If you get paid to worry about drivel like this, you really have it good. Second, if there was ever better proof that gun hatred is largely aesthetic (rather than truly, comprehensively compassionate), we’d like to see it.