Jokes fly like bullets after gun-grabbers demand Apple bans gun-shaped emoji from iPhones

Even images of weapons aren’t safe from gun grabbers.

In an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing restrictive gun control measures, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence launched an attempt to pressure Apple into banning a popular revolver-shaped emoji from the iPhone platform, but the Twitter campaign has backfired.

gun emojiThe campaign, launched Thursday, says that by removing the emoji, Apple can “show [lawmakers] that America wants stricter access to real guns,” Breitbart reports.

Of course, Americans want no such thing, according to a Pew Research Center poll from April of this year.

But what kind of accuracy can one expect from an anti-gun group in New York that thinks banning emojis is the most sensible way to infringe on Second Amendment rights?

The website (yes, that’s actually the website) repeats the usual Bloomberg-style statistics expected from gun grabbers with a newly released video citing 33,000 deaths each year because of “gun violence.”

That statistic is purportedly pulled from a Bloomberg article projecting an increase in gun deaths over prior years, but the group also cites a 2013 Huffington Post article saying that someone dies from “gun-related injuries” every 17 minutes.

One gun-related death every 17 minutes actually comes to fewer than 31,000 “gun deaths” per year, but statistical accuracy (or consistency) must not be a major concern for the anti-gun organization.

Ostensibly its statistics on gun violence also include violence committed by drug dealers, criminals, home invaders, and the like. Unsurprisingly, no mention is made of the roughly 760,000 defensive handgun uses per year, as noted in economist John Lott’s scholarly work, “More Guns, Less Crime.”

The emoji-banning anti-gun group was eager to push its new gun-grabbing scheme on social media, releasing the video and a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #Disarmtheiphone.

Unfortunately for the group, Twitter users quickly hijacked the hashtag to mock, discredit, and ridicule the petty campaign.

As one user put it, does this group have nothing better to do with its time?

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is a talk radio host, political humorist, and columnist. Having worked in a wide range of industries (including construction, journalism, and financial services) his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American entrepreneur.
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