Elon Musk, famed brain of Tesla, Space X, and myriad other boundary-pushing enterprises, recently started peddling $500 flamethrowers as a marketing gimmick for his newish venture, The Boring Company. And in a sad day for freedom-lovers everywhere, a California politician wants to extend the obtrusive arm of government by banning the sale of these fire-spewing instruments. Why ever would he want to do that?
When Democratic Assemblymen Miguel Santiago caught wind of Musk's flamethrowers, which have already amassed Boring Company upwards of $5 million in sales revenue, he shuddered.
In a statement released on Twitter, the politician was aghast. At first blush, he thought it was a tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, not a gateway to a legal marketplace for fire-cannons hawked by a corporate CEO with hordes of acolytes. That would just be bizarre.