Great perspective by colleague Tera Thomas O’Brien on the iOS 10 squirt gun emoji issue. The setup:
Those who advocate against gun control and had their hair catch on fire with Apple’s squirt gun emoji seem to have forgotten that the Supreme Court thinks ‘corporations are people, too‘ so this is as much if not more of a free speech issue as anything. If I remember correctly, free speech guarantees are in the First Amendment while gun rights remains in the Second Amendment, so there’s that.
And the finish:
I can understand why people get upset over a squirt gun emoji vs. a six shooter, but get over it. It’s Apple’s squirt gun. It’s Apple’s right (corporations are people, too) to express itself in such a way thanks to, you know, free speech. It’s also the right of people to grumble and complain and castigate but that’s where it needs to end. Rights are rights. Apple has theirs and exercised them accordingly. Customers have their rights, too, and they need to be exercised in a civil way; state a position and move on. If the squirt gun emoji bothers you so much, there’s always Samsung.
People are very happy to complain about their own rights but don’t always respect the rights of others.