Saner minds have prevailed: George Zimmerman is not selling the 9mm handgun he used to kill Trayvon Martin — at least not through a public online auction.
Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 shooting death of Martin, 17, was planning to auction off the gun simply because it’s his personal property — and to push back against the Black Lives Matter movement.
The pistol was set to be sold on gunbroker.com where the page was reportedly viewed 185,000 times. Bidding for the gun was to begin at $5,000.
“Sorry, but the item you have requested is no longer in the system,” according to the website. They issued a statement after the auction was taken down:
Late last night, George Zimmerman created a listing on our web site for the gun from the Trayvon Martin case four years ago. Mr. Zimmerman alerted news organizations that began reporting on the listing first thing this morning.
Listings on the GunBroker.com web site are user-generated, exactly like social media posts. Mr. Zimmerman never contacted anyone at GunBroker.com prior to or after the listing was created and no one at GunBroker.com has any relationship with Zimmerman. Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing.
We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.
The site’s Twitter and Facebook pages have disappeared since the auction was cancelled.
Selling the gun in such a public marketplace was a dreadful act by a dreadful man who seems to have no moral compass and disrespects the entire Martin family. Zimmerman’s twisted idea comes as racial hatred in this country has become even more apparent with the unsettling rise of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
And I’m not sure what’s worse: Waiting to see if another bigot eventually took possession of the infamous weapon or leaving the gun in Zimmerman’s hands, which, by the way, is still operable and ready to fire.