Apple replaces pistol emoji with water gun

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Apple Gets Political On Gun Control By Removing Pistol Emoji

Apple is replacing its pistol emoji with a water gun emoji. The change will come to Apple devices this fall when the company releases it's new iOS 10 operating system in the fall.

The company is making this change as concern over gun control is growing across the world. With the change, a bright colored water gun will replace the icon of the weapon.

The pistol emoji has caused legal troubles for teens using the emoji on social media in threatening ways.

An organization called New Yorkers Against Gun Violence launched the campaign #DisarmTheiPhone to get Apple to remove the pistol emojis and "take a stand for stricter gun accessibility in America."

But not everyone is happy about the change:

Apple is also releasing over a hundred redesigned emojis, featuring more gender options. The new emojis include a rainbow flag, families with one parent, and women and people of color doing activities such as lifting, running, swimming, and surfing.

In a statement, the company says, it is working with the Unicode Consortium to make sure "popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere," but it did not address the changes to the gun emoji.

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The cronut, or croissant doughnut, was first created by pastry wizard Dominique Ansel in New York City in 2013. And ever since then people have been waiting in line for hours to get their hands on one. Besides purchasing a cronut on the black market, the only way taste the sweet pastry is to stand in line, rain or shine. Some eager customers have waited out by the bakery as 5:30 in the morning to be a first customer in line when the doors opens at 8 a.m. 

You don't have to wait in line to purchase a gun. As Mic previously reported, certain states don't require a license or a permit to purchase a firearm. Many states implement rules that would allow virtually anyone to purchase a gun and still have enough time to wait in a cronut line.

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Beloved Pappy Van Winkle whiskey is extremely hard to acquire. Approximately 7,000 bottles of the booze are released each fall, Fortune reported. To get a swig or two, you'd have to know the right people and be willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a single bottle of the liquor. 

By contrast, there is an abundant supply of guns in the United States. In 2013 alone, U.S. gunmakers produced nearly 11 million guns, according to the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives. The year before that, manufacturers made nearly 9 million guns, according to a graph published by NPR.

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To get a martini — one of the most basic cocktails in the book — customers at any law-abiding bar in the country have to show a government approved form of identification to prove that they are at least 21 years of age. Anyone younger will technically be denied (unless they live in one of these states). 

Conversely, it's possible to own a rifle or a shotgun as a child in 30 states, the Washington Postnoted. While a thirteen year old cannot lawfully purchase a gun on their own, their parent can ostensibly purchase one and gift it to them, for their birthday, Christmas or just as a special treat. 

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While you can't technically eat food stamps, they are the means by which 46.5 million Americansget access to food, and the process of registering for the federal aid program takes 30 days on average, according to the Daily Beast.

To get a gun in many states, a simple background check that can happen in a matter of minutes will do, the publication added. 

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It's legal in only 13 states to sell raw milk in stores. In other states, the dairy product must undergo the pasteurization process before it can be sold.

Guns, on the other hand, are legal in each and every state, and aren't required to undergo any specific process before they are sold. 

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These cherished cookies sold by Girl Scouts are not available in store or online and can only be purchased six to eight weeks out of the year, according to the official website. The season during which they are available depends on when individual local troops sell the cookies, but the only way to pick up a pack is by ordering through a troop member.

Guns are available not only year around, but at most hours of the day, every day of the week. And buying one doesn't require tracking down a 12-year-old to place an order. GunTV even makes it possible for night owls to shop for firearms while the sun rises.

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1938 law banned thee delightful chocolaty Kinder Surprise Eggs from being sold in the states, and it is illegal to sell or buy them on U.S. soil. The treat features a plastic package in the middle that holds a toy and the government is worried that it is a choking hazard for young children,BuzzFeed reported.

There have been at least seven reported deaths due to choking on this product since 1989. By comparison, an average of seven U.S. children or teens are killed by guns — which are not banned in the states — every day in America, the Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund noted. 

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 The Scottish delicacy haggis, which is made from a sheep stomach or lung, stuffed with diced sheep liver, heart and more lung, as well as oatmeal and onion and seasonings, is technically illegal in the U.S. The United States Department of Agriculture banned any foods containing lungs out of concerns over food safety in 1971, BuzzFeed noted. So to get any properly, legally made haggis, interested parties must travel to Scotland.

A gun can be purchased online from the comfort of your very own bed, the Washington Post wrote. 

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The sale and farming of the popular seafood option is now heavily regulated by the American government because of overfishing. Only certified Chilean sea bass fishing boats can harvest and sell the fish, HG.org noted

Pretty much anyone can sell a gun. The online gun marketplace makes it especially easy to sell guns on the internet, said the Washington Post

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