Death star petition may gain White House response

White House could address call to build moon-sized super weapon after petition mania

Published On: Dec 17 2012 11:44:00 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 17 2012 01:43:34 PM EST

The force behind 25,000 signatures on a "We the People" petition, calling for the federal government to build a death star, may prove strong.

The petition is asking the government to build a moon-sized super weapon, just like the one featured in the movie franchise "Star Wars" by 2016.

The movement gained light-speed thrust through campaigning on sites like, 4chan, Reddit and Twitter.

The Obama Administration launched the "We the People" platform on Whitehouse.gov last year.

The site says it gives Americans a way to create and sign petitions on a range of issues. 

If a petition gathers enough signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and may receive an official response.

How We the People works:

  1.  Create or Sign a Petition: 

    Anyone 13 or older can create an account and sign a petition

  2. Build Support:

    Use email, Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth to tell your friends, family and coworkers.

  3. The White House Reviews and Responds: 

    If a petition reaches more than 5,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be reviewed by policy officials in the Administration and a response will be issued.

Now, with 25,000 signatures the White House will potential have to take a look at the issue.

Realistically, the steel alone to build a replica of the weapon would cost $852 quadrillion, reports Alan Boyle at MSNBC.com.

Such an endeavor is surly a far, far away proposition.

Perhaps the government will use their own "Star Wars" puns to respond to the petition.

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