Target: Chris Byars, Ion Productions Team Leader
Goal: Don’t let criminals and other dangerous people acquire lethal flamethrowers.
Dangerous flamethrowers could soon be available for purchase to people with lethal intent in 48 states, if a company called Ion Productions follows through with its current plans. These weapons are inherently dangerous and could wreak havoc if they fall into the wrong hands. Demand that Ion Productions abandon its plans to market this weapon.
According to Ion Productions, a small startup specializing in video game design, it has successfully tested a small and portable flamethrower and plans to bring it to market. Called the “XM42” and billed as “the world’s first commercially available handheld flamethrower on the market,” the weapon runs on normal, easily-accessible gasoline and can shoot flames out to 20-25 feet, with other models with even further range in development.
Ion Productions says that this weapon is designed for practical projects—clearing ice and snow, brush and insect control, and starting bonfires, etc.—but clearly it could also be used for more nefarious purposes. Flamethrowers have fallen from favor in war because they cause undue pain and mayhem—the last thing that should be done with them is putting them in the hands of civilians.
While California and Maryland already have laws explicitly prohibiting the sale of flamethrowers, the 48 others do not. The XM42 could soon get in the hands of criminals across the country if nothing is done. Sign the petition below to demand that Ion Productions cancel its plans to make this flamethrower commercially available.
Dear Mr. Byars,
I am writing you today regarding Ion Production’s XM42. You and your colleagues currently have plans to bring this device to market and make it commercially available. This is a horrible idea.
Flamethrowers are weapons. They have been used in wars to devastating effect, so much so that they have since been virtually abandoned due to the pain and imprecise destruction they cause. Making them commercially available—especially models that use common gasoline that anyone can get at any gas station as a fuel source—is shortsighted at best, and reckless at worst.
Despite what your company may say about the XM42’s intended uses, it remains a weapon of war, and people will use it as such. Criminals, homegrown terrorists, and other individuals with nefarious motives will be able to buy your product and use it as a lethal weapon.
Designing weapons for commercial consumption means knowing when to draw the line. This is very clearly one of those instances. I demand that you abandon your plans to make the XM42, and all other flamethrowers Ion Productions may produce in the future, commercially available.
[Your Name Here]
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