I just heard that George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin. My body can’t figure out whether to start breaking things or break down crying. The person who took the life of Trayvon Martin (along with his defense team) has successfully lobbied to get his gun returned to him from the Justice Department, and he is putting it up for auction on an internet site called gunbroker.com. If you’re anything like me, you probably heard this and thought, “This can’t possibly be for real.” I also thought this was some kind of sick joke… It’s not. By the time you read this, the auction will have started. You can view it HERE. Here is what he has written in the description… Prepare yourself…
Prospective bidders, I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon. The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012. The gun is a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm. It has recently been returned to me by the Department of Justice. The pistol currently has the case number written on it in silver permanent marker. Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. This is a piece of American History. It has been featured in several publications and in current University text books. Offers to purchase the Firearm have been received; however, the offers were to use the gun in a fashion I did not feel comfortable with. 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. Good Luck. Your friend, George M. Zimmerman ~Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum~
A few things to take notice of in this description: 1) I don’t know if the words “honored” and “humbled” have ever been used before in such a profane way. 2) Reading the words “used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin” literally made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. 3) A Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm is a relatively crappy gun that can be purchased new for about $250… The bidding will start at $5000. 4) Anyone who writes “B. Hussein Obama” reveals quite a bit about themselves… But writing that in combination with use of the word “thwarted” makes a person certifiably, objectively, and in all other ways, a complete and total asshat. 5) Writing “a portion of the proceeds” is awful-person-speak for “most of the money is going straight in my pocket.” And 6) “Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum” is Latin for “If you want peace, prepare for war.” There’s nothing “cooler” in Gun Nut Circles than Latin phrases which allude to the need for violence… Anyone know of a good tattoo parlor?
If there were ANY doubts as to whether this guy was completely morally bankrupt, those doubts have been put to rest. The auction of this gun–coupled with this disgusting description–is an act of pure evil. I don’t use that word very often… But it’s totally evil. In fact, I’ll say this: The decision to auction off this gun is more destructive, more malicious, more ugly than the act of violence that took the life of a 17 year old boy over four years ago. At least in the shooting, it is plausible that Zimmerman feared for his life. Even though his other arrests for violence and domestic abuse are WELL-DOCUMENTED, he may have acted out of fear… without a clear head. But THIS?!? This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever witnessed. And calling it any less than that puts YOU in the same general area of disgustingness.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation released this statement: “The Trayvon Martin Foundation is focused on ending senseless gun violence in the United States. This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person.” Using the phrase “that person” is exactly the sort of response we should all have.
And the thing is, as infuriating as this whole thing is, it is probably way more tragic than it is infuriating. I have shed many tears over the tragedy of the killing of Trayvon Martin, and I have written about it multiple times. The fear and prejudice that led to his killing was tragic… The senseless taking of a kid’s life and the shattering of a family was tragic… The angry, hateful, racist responses from so many people was tragic… And this auction only works to exponentially add to the tragedy. Rather than witnessing the death of a human being, we are witnessing the death of a human soul. It’s the sort of death that comes when a person places financial gain over the pain that is caused to a family and community. And every person who bids on this gun is forfeiting a portion of their own soul as well. God help us. God help me to be compassionate to a broken person like George Zimmerman… Because I don’t think I can do it. God help us all to stand against disgusting acts of hatred like this auction, and stir our consciences into action. Fill us with bravery and love… Even when actions like this might make us feel like burning the whole thing to the ground.
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It appears that “gunbroker.com” has taken down the post of George Zimmerman’s gun. It now says, “Sorry, but the item you have requested is no longer in the system.” I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of “that person” trying to profit off him killing Trayvon Martin…
**UPDATE May 13**
After Gun Broker took down the auction, a site called United Gun Group put the gun up for auction. The bidding is currently at $65,000,000… So either there is fake bidding going on, or I am giving up on the world. One of those two things is happening.