Category: Public Issues

Apple Removes Gun Emoji

Apple Removes Gun Emoji

Black pistol emoji replaced with green water gun

When Apple releases its new operating system for iPhone and iPads this fall, one emoji will be missing. The company is replacing the black pistol emoji with one of a green water gun. Other new emojis seek to offer a greater sense of diversity. New emojis will incorporate…
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Surge in Gun Sales Adds Jobs

Not just hand-wringing goes up when gun sales go up

When gun sales increase, other things also increase besides the hand-wringing from some segments of the population. CNN reported in April that the surge in gun sales created tens of thousands of jobs in 2015. The article, published April 18, 2016, says that the gun industry…
Membership soars in LGBT Gun Group Pink Pistols

Pink Pistols Membership Increases Among LGBT Community in Wake of Orlando Shooting

Significant jump in LGBT membership following national tragedy

In the aftermath of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the LGBT community is reacting. Pink Pistols, a national gun club that declares itself to be “dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community,”…
Massachusetts Sued Over Gun Laws

Massachusetts Gun Dealers Feeling Assault Weapon Crackdown

"Massachusetts compliant" copycat gun ban on AR-15

While people's attention was diverted by the Republican National Convention in Ohio, Massachusetts quietly implemented a new gun restriction that bans "copycat assault weapons." The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent out a notice on July 20 that the sale of assault weapons is…
Facebook Founder Questioned About Gun Sales

Facebook Founder Questioned About Gun Sales

Mark Zuckerberg fields questions from Sen. Markey

News outlets are reporting that the sniper in the Dallas shootings targeting police officers previously arranged to buy an AK-47 over Facebook. As a result, on Wednesday Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey took the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to task over the social media site's position…
11 gun control measures pushed through in California

11 Gun Control Bills in California Pushed Through

California lawmakers take urgent action after Orlando shooting

The aftermath of the Orlando shooting left California had lawmakers in a rush to push through 11 gun control bills. Opponents of the measures accused legislators of politicizing the tragedy that left 49 victims dead and several others injured at a gay nightclub in Florida after…