“Dozens of new emoji are scheduled to become available Tuesday, including smartphone-friendly designs depicting salad bowls, scooters and six different jugglers with varying skin tones,” washingtontimes.com reports. “Despite being initially approved for release, a rifle emoji and another involving a pistol will no longer be included in next week’s update. The decision to ditch the ‘rifle’ and ‘modern pentathlon’ designs from the next set of emojis was the result of an effort spearheaded by Apple and backed by Microsoft.”
Unicode is the organization in charge of emojis. The consortium’s full members are Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Oman’s Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs (I kid you not), Oracle, SAP, Symantec and Yahoo. buzzfeed.com reports that the death of the handgun emoji was a given. As for the planned long gun . . .
Though it was a unanimous decision, Unicode members are reluctant to talk about the rifle. Apple declined to comment on the company’s involvement in the decision, and a dozen Unicode members declined to speak about the discussions. When reached for comment, Unicode President Mark Davis confirmed the move but, in keeping with the cryptic organization, refused to elaborate on the reasons why. “The committee decided not to mark them as Emoji, but to add them as characters (that is, normal black & white symbols),” he wrote in an email to BuzzFeed News. Like nearly everything Unicode does, the decision is technical and complicated, but essentially, this just means that a rifle will show up in the official Unicode Character Database but will not appear on any standard emoji keyboard.”
In other words, no gun emojis because guns. More specifically, because high tech companies — with their PC billionaires at the helm — are rabidly anti-gun. And just in case you thought this anti-gun emoji business is just a bit of silliness, Sherman set the way back machine for March 31, 2016 via telegraph.co.uk:
A 22-year old Frenchman has been sentenced to three months in prison for texting his ex-girlfriend an emoji in the form of a pistol, in the first such ruling of its kind in France.
The court in Valence in the southern Drôme département ruled that the gun-shaped character at the end of a mobile phone text message constituted a “death threat in the form of an image”, and handed the accused a six-month sentence, with three suspended.
It’s a culture war people. Let’s win it for the Gipper! Wait. Didn’t he outlaw Constitutional Carry in California? OK, do it for the children™!