Remember the winner of the Stupidest iPhone Case Award?
Well, the government has gotten wind of the iPhone 6 gun case, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling for a ban – and rightly so. His team published a press release on his website stating that the iPhone 6 case probably violates federal law.
“Any retailer willing to sell this potentially dangerous and tasteless handgun iPhone case is making a very bad call and putting lives at risk. We should be doing everything in our power to end the rash of gun violence across the country, however, this product simply promotes it. Moreover, this iPhone gun case can result in tragedy if mistaken for a real gun. I hope that Amazon and eBay take urgent action and remove all gun grip phone case products from their sites,” said Senator Schumer.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I was redirected to a 404 when clicking on the Amazon link that showed up on Google, so the online retailer was quick to act on this issue. However, there are still other eCommerce sites that sell the iPhone 6 gun case.
Based on a report by the NY Daily News, eBay has also taken down the product. From the same report, eBay spokesman Ryan Moore says, “eBay is in agreement with Senator Schumer and has already began removing listings for this item from our marketplace. They violate our ‘replica gun policy’ and pose a safety threat to consumers.”
Well, let’s hope that’s settled then, but then, let’s be realistic. There are countless other stores – online and offline – that carry the product. Let’s hope nothing tragic happens because of this stupid, stupid idea.
Noemi, just have a few questions for you. First, what if Sen Schumer wanted to ban something you liked? Next, what authority gives Sen Schumber to ban anything he disagrees with. Next, do you trust Sen Schumber to make judgements on issues better than yourself. Next, do you really want government to ban things when you have (at least for now) can make your own determination ie. the size of your soda cup, how much salt you can put on your food etc. I would never buy that stupid gun case but it is not Sen Schumber decision. Finally, how much of your freedom are you willing to give up for security? JC
I see your point and value my rights and freedom of choice. However, this is a different case. There is a strong argument for calling for the ban. The gun case may be mistaken for the real thing under certain circumstances, and the repercussions outweigh the freedom of buying the case, IMHO. Plus, it’s for the safety of everyone. There’s enough violence already. Why add to it and complicate things with a phone accessory?