Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has a product that’s setting the world on fire…both figuratively and literally. He’s apparently sold over $5 million worth of the devices, despite them having a much shorter flame than most conventional flamethrowers are capable of. But then again, he’s not really selling a weapon. He’s selling a glorified toy, albeit a dangerous one.
The $500 black and white rifle-like torch device was hyped by the Tesla and SpaceX tech mogul who announced that $5 million worth were sold by Monday. However, California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, a Los Angeles Democrat, said if he gets his way it’s not going to happen.
“We don’t allow people to walk in off the street and purchase military-grade tanks or armor-piercing ammunition … I cannot even begin to imagine the problems a flamethrower would cause firefighters and police officers alike,” said Santiago in a statement.
Though it is possible Musk is playing an elaborate prank — which Santiago points out — the lawmaker has introduced placeholder legislation to ban the devices should they prove to exist.
There are no federal laws that I’m aware of on flamethrowers, and only California and Maryland regulate their use.
But Santiago is freaking out because someone might have something that he doesn’t want them to have. Of course, I hate to break it to him, but they already do. Again, flamethrowers aren’t regulated by the ATF. They’re not considered firearms, thus they’re routinely sold with no background checks, waiting periods, or any of the other things we’re told are absolutely essential to prevent bad people from getting weapons.
Yet, how many flamethrowers have been used in a horrific event like a Las Vegas or Sutherland Springs?
What’s that? None? You get a cookie!
These dangerous and terrifying weapons have been used in nothing like that despite the fact that they’re generally unregulated. But that won’t stop Assemblyman Santiago. No sir, he’s going to make us safer by pushing for laws that ban an item that really is more of a glorified propane torch than an actual flamethrower.
This is especially hilarious because so many people doubt the blasted things even exist. As noted above, there’s been some speculation that this is just some kind of prank, a joke Musk is playing on the world.
I won’t rule that out, but I’m skeptical of that being the case. Even if it started that way, I suspect the demand he’s seeing will change his mind and the product will start coming out soon for real. A prank is a prank…until you find out you can actually make money off of it.
For Californians, however, it sounds like it won’t matter either way because a Democrat is worried you might have too much fun with something about as lethal as a weed torch. He’s going to make sure you can’t have one because it makes him feel funny inside like he might not be able to tell people what they can and can’t do.
But, then again, that’s what California politicians do.