Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this until I had more time to process it, but George Zimmerman’s latest antics just scream out for a response. Sorry about the use of “asshattery,” but no other word really fits.
In case you hadn’t heard, Zimmerman decided to auction the gun with which he killed Trayvon Martin (or, as he calls it, “the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012.”
His first choice to sell the gun, GunBroker, refused to sell it, CNN reported, so Zimmerman went to United Gun Group to auction it. The GunBroker listing made Wednesday night was pulled Thursday morning just before bidding was to start (at an opening bid of $5,000).
Why is he trying to sell it? He told the Fox station in Orlando: “I thought it was time to move past the firearm. If I sell it, and it sells, I move past it.”
Because clearly he wants to move past it when his listing says a portion of the proceeds would go to “fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of [prosecuting attorney] Angela Correy’s [sic] persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.”
Pardon me while I retch. And the kind of person who might buy the gun … I don’t even want to think about it. And no, I’m not anti-gun; I’m anti-trigger-happy-idiots-with-guns. Responsible gun owners are fine with me.
Commenter BirdDogsRock on my newpaper’s website made a very good point:
“If he really just wants to ‘move past the firearm,’ he should sell it at a no-name pawn shop, with no hint about the gun’s history. Then move on past it quietly. This auction sends bad messages, and seriously undermines whatever credibility he might have had.”
As far as I’m concerned, it can be melted down so that no one will ever use it again.
To its credit, GunBroker stated that it wanted “no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.” United Gun Group apparently has no such qualms.
In his listing, Zimmerman claimed that the Smithsonian wanted the gun. The institution has strongly denied the assertion.
This is the sort of thing that should tick off sane, reasonable people. The guy, again, wants attention, and again is hostile and less than honest. The best he should get is pity for his blatant asshattery.
“Move past” it? Just destroy it and slink back into the shadows.
And now my plea: We’re in need of letters. We’re still getting a lot, but unfortunately a large number of them are unusable for various reasons (including failing fact-checking … and they’re getting worse as the election nears).
Arkansas readers, please feel free to submit a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or through our form.
I thank you from the bottom of my cat-lovin’ heart!