On Wednesday night, word leaked that George Zimmerman, America’s sweetheart, was selling the gun he used to shoot Trayvon Martin. To be specific, he’s auctioning it off on a website called GunBroker. As of this writing, the gun is listed by user “GZ1776”, and the item is listed as “George Zimmerman’s PF-9 used on 2/26/12”. In the copy, the user writes that:
The firearm is fully functional as the attempts by the Department of Justice on behalf of B. Hussein Obama to render the firearm inoperable were thwarted by my phenomenal Defense Attorney. I recognize the purchaser’s ownership and right to do with the firearm as they wish. The purchaser is guaranteed validity and authenticity of the firearm. On this day, 5/11/2016 exactly one year after the shooting attempt to end my life by BLM sympathizer Matthew Apperson I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric. Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American History.
“A piece of America History,” in the sense that Zimmerman’s murder of Martin and subsequent acquittal of any wrongdoing is part of America’s legacy of denying justice to black lives.
Twitter and Facebook responded with shock and outrage. The outrage is understandable. The shock, less so. Zimmerman already got away with murder. In each subsequent action — his reported threatening of his estranged wife and father-in-law, his reported threatening of his girlfriend with a shotgun, his reported throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend, his selling paintings of a Confederate flag at a “Muslim-free” gun store in Florida, his calling the President an “ignorant baboon” over Twitter, his retweeting a picture of Martin’s slain body on Twitter, his posting naked photos of his ex-girlfriend and accusing her of sleeping with a “dirty Muslim” — have only served to show what life can be like for a man who knows that there are few limits to what he can get away with. We allowed Zimmerman to walk away from shooting an unarmed teenager. After that, there should be little he could do to truly shock us.
Update: The gun seems to have disappeared from GunBroker’s page. Neither Zimmerman nor GunBroker have responded to media requests for an interview.
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