George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot 17-year old Trayvon Martin in 2012 plans to auction the handgun used to kill the unarmed teenager.
Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch leader shot and killed the unarmed teenager in 2012. Following his recent recovery of the murder weapon from the Justice Department, he posted the ad on an American firearm-auctioning GunBroker website advertising it as an ‘opportunity to own a piece of American history’.Zimmerman’s is one of more than 167,000 guns for sale on the site.
When describing the gun he tells prospective bidders “I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,” the listing says. “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”.
Cleared of murder after claiming he acted in self-defence, Zimmerman’s acquittal of second-degree murder in 2013 sparked controversy and public outrage. Subsequent to his acquittal he has been involved in allegations of domestic violence. His acquittal led to national protests and the nationwide campaign Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM).
Zimmerman has written in the listing that the proceeds will be used to fight ‘BLM violence against law enforcement officers’, to counter the anti-firearm rhetoric of Hillary Clinton and to end the career of Angela Corey, who led the prosecution against him. While the website boasts that many museums including the Washington-based Smithsonian have expressed interest, the Smithsonian released a statement:
The bidding is set to start at $5,000 and started at 11:00 on Thursday 12th May Eastern Time and will be on sale for 24 hours.He closed the description of the gun with ‘si vis pacem para bellum’, the Latin translation means “If you want peace, prepare for war”.
The news of the sale has seen few Zimmerman sympathisers come out publically and condone his behaviour:
While the majority of the social media remain appalled by his actions: