iPhone cases draw backlash

Police shootings of unarmed black men have dominated the nation's headlines in recent years. Now there is growing concern that new iPhone cases shaped like handguns will lead to more needless deaths at the hands of trigger-happy police.

The NAACP, police departments, anti-gun advocates and parents are sounding the alarm about the new gun-shaped iPhone cases.

From the NY Daily News:

Concerned critics demanded the gun-grip cases be banned from being sold on the Internet and stores, saying they can easily be mistaken for a real firearm. “This is the stupidest, most dangerous thing I’ve ever seen,” said one former cop who spoke anonymously of the accessory.

“The money that is earned from the sale of this case is blood money earned from the blood of the person who is foolish enough to carry it,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Brooklyn community activist Tony Herbert agreed.

“If I were a cop and it was dark and I saw this (case) on a person, my first thought would be to pull my gun and defuse the threat,” Herbert said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Inez Rodriguez, 62, a member of Grandmothers Love Over Violence, an anti-violence group in Brooklyn, said the cases would only invite trouble. “They think it’s cute, but this is going to get our kids killed,” Rodriguez said.

  • KDub

    Cosign it all. Stupid AF

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    This is just dumb. I pray no one buys this for their child

  • Femme404

    Don't buy it. This is America, you can't tell people what to make, as long as its in accordance with the law. Let your dollars speak for you.

  • HeyNow

    dumbest thing since the term "bae"

  • GTFOHWTBS

    If you are an AA, please do not buy this. Police will use this for justification for shooting you and they will not be charged,

  • Futuredocdonte

    If they do they deserved to be bussed in the head

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    ...

  • $11717410

    Its a set up to get more Black folks killed. It will give police an excuse to kill. Black folks use your head and don't buy this. Please.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    Applies to anyone buying this ish!

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Yep this is stupid and if they are being sold online they can be obtained without the parents knowing

  • SummerBaby

    That is stupid!!

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Shiidd they might be trying to set us and our kids up

  • Femme404

    LMAO.

  • Cheddup Already Damn

    Chiddd, buy it if YOU WANNA DIE. Your choice ??

    I'm all for the free market. This is America. If a dummie wants to do/buy something :shrug:
    They not stopping selling guns or bullets so :shrug:

    You couldn't ride/walk with me with this mess in your byke pocket though :Nono:

    Only real guns allowed
    Kona

  • Cheddup Already Damn

    Chinese about their money, they don't care who buys it or dies from it...

  • Femme404

    Exactly.

  • Cheddup Already Damn

    ???

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    If that ain't one of the dumbest ideas I've ever seen I don't know what is. And whoever is making them will get sued everytime someone is killed because of that dumb arse case.

  • Carla

    How dumb ! They should be banned immediately. This is so stupid. It's like they want to create problems for people and the police.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Why?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Oh hell nah!! Its already open season :( Can u imagine a black teen walking in a store with this? A man was just jumped in a Wal-Mart for carrying a gun and he had a damn license to carry

  • JerseyMom

    Dumb ish

  • Carla

    It's a total set up. People will buy it and so many problems will arise on so many levels. For store owners, at clubs, restaurants , shit, every where

  • Femme404

    So you think someone actually manufactured this case with the intent of killing black people? Like that was actually the business plan?

  • $11717410

    YES and YES. People get rich everyday off of death.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Whatever stores decide to carry this and customers decide to buy is on them. It's a lot of dumb ish out here for sale. Schools will ban it (hopefully). They banned snowman shirts so...

  • Karla Smith

    Why would Apple even MAKE this shit? Is this even REAL? I hope don't none of our dumb ass black kids buy this shit, cuz it's enough going on in the black community as it is.

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Why would you...who thinks...you know what...DUMBASS

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Now from my understanding the term bae means B A E Before Anyone/Anybody Else. Hold on lemme check with my kids....yep that's what they say...

  • 1shy112

    Omg!!! Smh ???this is going too far.

  • Keesh_IaintNEW

    Yeah this realllll dumb. I'm getting mad just by looking at it

  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    Dumb = America.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    I've been saying bae for years!!! before it became popular

  • Femme404

    Lol...so are they profiting off of the death or the sale? Look, this is an FYI for your sanity, your notion is conspiratorial bullshit and that's no shade. NO ONE is going to go into a business to try and kill the people THEY ARE SELLING TO. This was your first proposition.

  • Luvn_it

    The people at Apple can't really be that ignorant???

  • Ms. YaYa

    This is just ridiculous...well one thing's for sure, they are safe for white America *sips tea*

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    So dumb really...

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Imagine being in a store at the register and you answer your phone with that case *blank stare* Just cuff your damn self cause they're coming especially if you're non alabaster

  • MS PEACHES

    Who watched the Have's and the Have Not's. Veronica chile is crazy. LOL

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    Off Topic. I hate my son's nanny. That heifa gets me all together all the time. She just texted me that my son hit her in the knee real hard with a toy. What disciplinary action do I recommend???

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    Burnt down her house cause she thought David turnt her azz in to the DA and she had to pick her face up off the ground when he found out it was Wyatt drunk azz.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    How old is he?

  • $11717410

    All it takes is one well known rapper to show this phone case in his video and all hell will break loose. Young Black kids who idolize that rapper will buy the phone case to look "cool" and will pay with their lives. I'm sad just thinking about this. Parents, please talk to your kids. I don't have kids, but I will be talking to my neighbors and their kids about this.

  • 1/8

    Watch these fools line-up to buy that sh)t.

    I need to open a funeral home in the ghetto.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    15 months. She's being petty because I recommended a friend to her and that's the first of a billion questions that was asked. She said "I exercise the redirection method but khakii1 mother has given me written permission to tap him on the hand if needed."

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I haven't watched yet but Damn. The plot moves sooooo slow. Need to finish last season.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    The first episode moved pretty good. I just told my co-worker I hope he doesn't slow down like last season then want to speed up on the last 3 episodes.

  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    Lol. Do they still have those drive thru funerals? I don't think the concept took off to well then, but it might, nowadays. At the rate things are going.

  • Femme404

    Probably not the most disgusting thing I've ever read on the internet but close.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Yes hunty. Do you think Candace is still going to the funeral? I like how the white guy handled Candace, completely threw her off :)

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Take the toy and tell him no,you don't hit. Get down to his level when you do it OR time out and take the toy away. Then give the toy back and reiterate no hitting and whatever punishment if it happens again. I'm not against popping children but you how that is frowned upon on this here blog.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    She going. In the previews Catherine told her they were going to have friends over to the house and she was welcomed to come........

  • PettyEyezPrime

    My attention span is short.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    It wasn't a real scenario. She was just messing with me because the other girl had SOOO many questions, but needs a discount on the tuition..

  • Bootcampgirl

    Who thought of this dumb shat...

  • Chellie141508

    It's a set up...a conspiracy...

  • $11717410

    I told you people get rich off of Death, EVERYDAY. SMH.

  • iWasteTime

    Funny you assume inner city residence will buy this.
    I think the people in the community know that this is stupid and invites trouble. I bet the privileged don't but they will learn today.

  • Chellie141508

    Yes I do because they know if no one else buys this it will be the boys in the trap and the like..no saying anyone with an iota of intelligence will but UMMM yeah

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Lol. O.

  • $11717410

    It's sad, but true that you will become rich off of this mess too.

  • the guest

    Socially insensitive design.

  • MS PEACHES

    I missed the end. Does Hanna know that Wyhatt hit her son??

  • Bootcampgirl

    In case anyone was interested....BBW is having their 70% off sale..

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    She's had him since he was 4 months. She would never lay her hands on him. I call him bad she calls him active. She's my boo. She had a phone interview with the other lady so all day she has been randomly sending me the crazy questions.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    He didn't answer the question. You know they love the cliff hangers.

  • Femme404

    That's not entirely what you said, ma'am. And you know this. Funeral homes aren't selling a product to their customers with the intent being to kill them. It made so sense down there or up here. Cut it out.

  • iWasteTime

    I find it sad that people automatically assume black kids are going to buy this. These kids already know the deal. They've seen so many of their unarmed brother and sisters slain.
    I bet the chit is going to change when Becky and Peter are killed over a cell phone case.

  • Bootcampgirl

    Also we know enough to not bring unwanted attention to us.

    _______________________
    Sis, I don't know about this part though...

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Childcare is a hard thing to do. I gave it up. My patience is not set up for that. Bless the good child care providers out there.

  • Ms. YaYa

    OFF TOPIC This dang couple at my job arguing about Popeye's Chicken. The woman said "they are gonna have to call security to come help you"...about some chicken though????? This is so embarrassing

  • Cheddup Already Damn

    You don't work with Thing, do you?
    Kona

  • iWasteTime

    lolol!
    True let me edit

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    I couldn't do it. But that is also the reason I spare no expense on his. She was working at the daycare center when I first met her and when some things happened there that I wasn't please about. I asked her to work for me exclusively and I replaced what she made there. She is the best ever. He is leaps and bounds above others.

  • KDub

    I see Trolls again

  • Ms. YaYa

    Lol No....the office is quiet so her voice can be heard throughout the whole floor...

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    I don't know what to say... Like in real life?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I dont know Waste :( As soon as Thuga Thuga pulls it out on stage its a wrap. We're dealing with a completely different generation. I stay on Suga15 azz cause she is so easily influenced and Im bafflled cause the women in my family are not followers at all

  • Cheddup Already Damn

    Like they did a while SWOT Analysis ????
    The ? people did this. Bet...
    Hmm Imma ask MzWhang
    Kona

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    There's some trolls in the house,. there's some trolls in the house. When you see em point em out. Wait that song said hoes..... my bad.

  • Cheddup Already Damn

    I read that "I see dead people"
    ?

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Hold up nah...spicy or reglah?

  • KDub

    Yurp

  • KDub

    Same thing

  • Ms. YaYa

    Unfortunately....
    :(

  • iWasteTime

    Girl!I I can't take it and when two trolls are friends!

  • PettyEyezPrime

    You're so sweet and when it comes to your child, no expense, I agree. My family hates that my daughter has been in a private institution before she was 3 and is going on 7. Makes a difference and IDC how anyone feels. She's been in spelling bees since 4 and SAT's since 5. I don't knock public (I went to public and graduated at 16) but it is a world of a difference.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Are we really up to 9 burned churches in the south? I'm looking for the story on cable, but no one's discussing it. It's being mentioned like an 'oh, btw' type story, but nothing significant. BET news where are you?

  • Bootcampgirl

    I think that's the new teenage male mess. All the boys in my program are in here for Robbery...

  • Bootcampgirl

    Sounds like dinner to me...

  • iWasteTime

    It was the lead story on GMA this morning.
    IF no one will they will.
    Chit it hasn't even made the "popular" blogs

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I agree some of them are already looking for reasons to kill. This only will help that.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    NPR ,. org Washington post, nbcnewsdotcom

  • KDub

    Number one story on MSNBC

  • Bootcampgirl

    msn has it

  • PettyEyezPrime

    They don't stay gone for very long. It HAS to be exhausting banging on keyboards and breathing all hard behind a computer. Stress kills j/s.

  • Blackblondee

    I hate the term Bae

  • KDub

    Sharks eating up white folks on NC coast... so locally that's our number one right now

  • SummerBaby

    New post

  • KDub

    Doing troll cosigns?

  • SummerBaby

    News one with Roland Martin has been all over the story but he's about the only one.

  • MS PEACHES

    That's how I felt this morning. I didn't even know about the other 8.

  • 1/8

    You get a funeral and a gyro in one swoop!

  • scentsychick30

    Ugh folks Betta let Becky and them have this trend,cops itching to catch a little black child slipping. Still thinking about how they rolled up and killed Tamir rice no questions asked.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    The dumbest thing I've ever seen.......smfh....
    Eta: those clutch bags w/ the imprint of the gun in it, needs to go as well.... smfh

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Chile...the daddy was tagging Wyatt for running off at the mouth. Hanna broke it up and started wiping the blood from Wyatt's face. He started telling her and Veronica walked down the stairs. So we wont know til next week

  • 1/8

    Funeral homes are a business and business is booming in the ghetto. What's the problem?

  • 1/8

    Those cellphone cases make great gifts for your enemies! ?

  • Femme404

    Don't be obtuse. You're being an ass, that's the problem. Funeral homes are a necessity of course but your statement was mean and unnecessary.

  • scentsychick30

    They mentioned it on the news in Ohio but said some are related to storms?and not racially motivated.

  • Tammie Reed

    A Mess!

  • http://www.tiffanyinthecity.wordpress.com/ Tiffanyinthecity

    This also reminds me of a few clutches I've seen with a gun imprint.

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    This picture aint nothing but the devil...

  • Leigh John

    I really hope no one, especially black, is stupid enough to buy this.

  • Noize4u

    It's a set up for black consumers

  • Sincerity7

    B.A.D. idea!

  • Coco

    This world is continually becoming more stupid !!

  • Mahogany

    Same here

  • NSYDEOUT

    To me, this is a bait......for the youth to take and will be the EASIEST excuse law enforcement has EVER had to shoot black folks, dead. IT IS A BAIT and I'd love to know JUST WHO designed & patent this here fcukery

  • Smartypants

    They do realize they don't have to purchase it right?

  • http://batman-news.com SD

    Not a good look

  • Lolalao

    Why even make them?

  • Tysion

    Ignore the racist gay troll 100

  • Clapback central

    Then when they get shot, their ppl gon ask us to hashtag sh*t. Bye

  • Petty_boots

    Right? You know how many times 90's singers have said that in their songs?

  • Triumph104

    It's probably a publicity stunt. Apple got a lot of free publicity last week with Taylor Swift. I'm sure they are launching a real product and the gun case is just to capture people's attention.

  • imright

    dumb

  • Petty_boots

    Bless your heart and all your parts. I'm sure she's much happier with 1 child and you as her boss.

  • AllmylifeIhadtofight

    ???. She has her 3yr old daughter who takes it upon herself to teach my baby everything she knows. I had him on the changing table and he put his finger to his eye and said eyes!!

  • Petty_boots

    Lol, that's too cute. And he's only 15 months? He's smart. You plan on keeping her til he starts school?

  • Petty_boots

    Depending on where you live too. I grew up in Brooklyn and the teachers' attitude was "whether you learn or not, I get paid". I moved upstate and parents make sure the schools and teachers are in tip top shape. Idk, I guess because the town I live in is "clique-y" if you will, but thats not right, kids everywhere should get the same education.

  • GoldenGloBeS

    This is so cute I just went and bought one off ebay!! Only a gangbanger punk would get shot over a phone case doesnt even look like real gun dimensions

  • Petty_boots

    Put yourself in it first. You deserve it. ?

  • Petty_boots

    I heard business was booming in someone's mouth but we'll leave that alone.

  • Petty_boots

    Becky and Peter don't get pulled over though. I know this white guy my bf buys weed from, and this guy is in his forties literally moving pounds each month for the last 10 years at least. But you go to newburgh to get a bag and you're finito and so is the spot. It never ceases to amaze me.

  • Petty_boots

    Lmfao don't go to their habitat, duh. Anywhere past my knees in the water is a no go. I gotta be able to run from a shark, jellyfish, tsunami, you get it.

  • Petty_boots

    What?? You make no sense, bite down.

  • T3

    Why would they make this?!?!? Dumbest ish I've seen!

  • GoldenGloBeS

    You live in Ghetto America. I live in beautiful Cancun we dont carry guns here and its a cute gift for a kid!

  • Petty_boots

    Nope, not here. Go ???

  • Alisa

    This right here is exactly why I say we nolonger hv shock value or restrictions that are enforcing Its the money greed plus I HV never been one to say its a plan against black men etc..This here leads me to change my way of thinking.We know blacks will buy this up we know China notices another item to sell in their beauty supply stores And those that want blacks to continue killing themselves they are the ones that are saying "By Any Means Necessary

  • Carla

    No, I think this can cause problems for any race

  • JayCee087

    I'm all for 2nd Amendment rights but I definitely agree this is a dumb idea, especially for black folks.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Gotcha, okay.

  • Kimberly Echols

    Made in China, I bet.

  • sunni_daze

    Its a fool of parent to purchase and a fool of a child that does the same.

  • heywhatsupp

    Apple didn't make this. The case may fit an apple phone but they didnt make it. This was made by some 3rd party in China. It looks like something you can get off ebay or ali express.

  • heywhatsupp

    The people I see with these brass knucle cell phone cases, stuff like this is yt kids. I really don't see any black kids buying this

  • 1/8

    So... you typed that with your jaws full? Impressive!

  • 1/8

    You could be my first customer, but I think I need a special license for taxidermy. ?

  • 1/8

    Well, someone has to bury all those people WE keep killing! It stands to reason that if anyone should profit from OUR misery, it might as well be one if US.

  • Xsjado

    So stupid.

  • TheRealLee

    Ah, these people are living life to the fullest. Let them be.

  • lovelygamour

    even if you buy it and keep it In the house. its still will cause problems.

  • chappedlippz

    Why? #kidslivesmatter

  • Carol

    A ploy by apple to get more Blacks killed. Anyone stupid enough to buy it deserves the outcome of something so idiotic.

  • SpiceGirl

    stupid ish!