The CEO of X Product’s anti-gun rights rant on Facebook has caused a fair amount of backlash from the 2A community. [Post on the kerfuffle here.] Unfortunately, Ion Productions, makers of the XM42 flamethrower, is caught in the middle of this debacle . . .
X Products has frequently referred to the XM42 as an X product. This is not accurate. X Products is an online retailer of the Ion Productions XM42 flamethrower. That’s it.
I would hate to see a small business that makes a great product hurt because of the poorly written rantings of an industry turncoat. Upon learning about Mr. Malarkey’s diatribe, Ion Productions has cut ties with X Products. They posted the following statement on the situation:
Couple things we need to clarify.
1. We make the flamethrower. X Products is just a retailer.
2. We are incredibly strong supporters of freedom and 2A related rights, and will fight for that right.
If you’ve seen any of our interviews or statements over the years, you’d know where we stand. We know that laws and restrictions don’t stop crimes; physical force does. You can say “You can’t do that, it’s against the rules!” all you want while someone is violently attacking you or your loved ones, but it won’t do a damn bit of help. A few rounds through vital organs WILL.
The only way to a safer America is by educating and equipping every capable person with the tools necessary to defend their life, not by further restricting the good guys. Evil people get their hands on shit regardless how hard you think you make it for them. The stats and facts don’t lie. Population and firearm ownership is rapidly rising, while violent crimes are waning as a whole.
Although X Products has been a big part of helping our product get in front of a wider audience, we cannot continue to work with a company that is owned by someone interested in further restricting law abiding citizen’s rights. To think that if we don’t suggest further limits we’d be “OK” with, they’ll just make laws we’re “not OK” with, is ridiculous. No more. There is no compromise. Not one more inch. Send your support to @gunownersofamerica, a true no-compromise gun lobby.
Law abiding citizens have done nothing wrong; their rights should not be at risk. Enhance our enforcement, enhance our physical security, eliminate criminal empowerment zones (otherwise known as “gun-free” zones). Stand up for freedom, and stop those that try to take it from us.
Dewey @ X Products has been nothing but great to us, so this is an unfortunate revelation. As a very small company that relies on our image to grow, we need to make it clear that our company and product have nothing to do with James @ X Products or his opinions. The only way we see to do that at this time is by ceasing any collaboration with X Products. Unless something drastic changes, this is how it has to be.