Bumble Gun Ban, dating app, photo removal
The message I received when my gun photo (right) was pulled down by the dating app Bumble.
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The “Bumble gun ban” was announced in March. The popular dating app said it was banning users from posting photos with guns on their profiles.

To start, I frequent the app. Do I need it? No. But have you ever heard the expression “fishing with dynamite”? For the sake of this article, we’ll say the app has been very generous to my “social” life.

Given the Bumble gun ban, I wanted to see for myself what would happen if I posted a photo of me with a gun.

My Bumble Gun Ban Experince

The photo I posted on Bumble is the one at the top of this post. Beautiful scenery, a beautiful handgun and a beautiful subject, if I do say so myself. What’s not to like?

If I can name drop real quick, the photo was taken back in October at the Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous in Gateway, Colo. The gun is the Kimber Custom Covert II. It shot like a dream. For those interested, read our review of the Custom Covert II on Tactical-Life.com.

Back to my Bumble gun ban problem.

Within an hour, Bumble removed my photo. I don’t know if someone reported it (likely the cause) or if Bumble monitors every photo uploaded. I doubt it was the latter because there are reportedly 22 million users. With up to six photo uploaded per user, the amount of policing that would go into that is mind numbing.

I live in New York City, where rent prices crush your soul and you need a license to even say the word “gun.” My guess is that, upon seeing that “terrifying” handgun, someone reported me.

The next time I logged on, Bumble hit me with the following rhetoric:

“Oh no! It looks like your photo may violate our guidelines. Our goal is to promote a safe, positive environment. On Bumble, we kindly ask you to present yourself the same way you would in a public place.”

Honestly, it was a surprise that someone reported me that quickly, but they did and the photo is no more.

Why It’s a Bad Idea

Not only is Bumble preventing gun owners from posting about their passion, but the app is also hurting the same people it’s trying to protect — if that’s how you want to refer to it.

Let’s say you go out on a few dates with someone. You really like them. Things start to get more serious and then you learn they’re not into guns. Fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, but Bumble could’ve saved you the trouble of getting close to that person if the app just let these photos be posted.

Forget “a few dates,” personally, I’d be annoyed after one date. If I go out with some young lady and she gets offended that I shoot guns and doesn’t want to go out on a second date, guess who gets stuck with the dinner and drink bill. That’d be me. That’s money I could’ve spent on ammo and other goodies.

In the end, this ban will do more harm than good.

Final Thoughts

I’m a journalist by trade. I’m against any form of censorship.

If someone is using a gun in a photo in a threatening manner, that’s one thing. However, the photo I got into trouble for is me at the range clearly enjoying myself and one of my hobbies.

I can’t control what people are and are not offended by. Unfortunately not everyone has my threshold (or propensity) for behavior that is generally viewed as distasteful; the world would be a much better place if they did. But my photo wasn’t offensive or threatening in any way, shape or form.

The world has gotten so politically correct over the years that you can’t sneeze without offending someone. If the sight of a gun offends someone, then the problem is with that person, not me.

Ultimately, I’ll continue using Bumble. Why? The app can’t ban me from not calling my date back after a night of debauchery. Maybe it should focus less on guns.

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