LONGMONT, Colo. - Some may have snickered or scoffed when "John D" from Longmont posted a petition on the White House website for the government to "begin construction of a Death Star by 2016."
Yet, other Americans -- possibly fellow Star Wars fans? -- rallied to his cry for action.
As of Dec. 14, the deadline for John D to meet the 25,000-signature threshold to earn a White House review of the proposal, the Death Star petition had 27,378 signatures from supporters across the nation.
Posted on Nov. 14, the petition states: "WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016"
"Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense."
The fictional Death Star, a moon-sized super-weapon capable of destroying a populated planet with its super-laser, debuted in the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Luke Skywalker uses his mystical power of the Force to destroy the Death Star in that episode.
In 2012, the popular force appears to be with John D.