Man in a 'Star Wars' Costume Causes Scare When Fake Gun Mistaken for Real & That's Sadly Understandable

Not going to lie, I did laugh at this story just a bit when I first saw it — but, after further thought put into it, I realized it actually says a pretty dire thing about the state of America at the moment. According to EW, a man in Salina, Kansas who was wearing a Star Wars stormtrooper costume carrying a plastic gun was approached by police after a passerby saw him on the street, and thought the fake gun could be an AK-47.

There was no danger, though, of course: the man in the costume is actually Christopher Burns, and the stormtrooper costume is apart of an act — Burns makes funny videos for his Vine under the name Stormtrooper Sam, and he runs a Twitter for the account as well.

Burns was reportedly filming a new clip for Vine when he was stopped, and, though there obviously wasn't any drama between him and police, he told a local news station that he was left surprised by the fact that someone called the cops on him. "Star Wars is such an iconic image, I was a little bit surprised that someone would see a Stormtrooper and fear when you know it’s been around since the ’70s."

After the incident, he also tweeted the following out:

While I do understand how Burns can see the situation as surprising, I actually don't really blame the man who called the cops; I think, instead, it says something about America and increasing gun violence that we have to live in constant paranoia that someone's going to take an AK-47 and attack a busy downtown street. After all, it's hard to ignore the fact that there have been an astonishing amount of school shootings in the past year alone — you can't really blame the guy for being cautious.

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