“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,” Zimmerman said.
“The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin,” he wrote on the auction site. ”
So for now, Zimmerman still owns the gun and another auction site agreed to sell it, but that site is currently offline.
“Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.,” Zimmerman said. “This is a piece of American History.”
We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) May 12, 2016
I agree. The gun is a profound piece of American history because it underscores the racism that still permeates this republic. It’s a stark reminder of ongoing racial profiling and how some whites who resort to gun violence still see Black men as criminals, even when they are innocent, law-abiding, unarmed citizens like Trayvon Martin.
“I recently received it [the gun] back from the Department of Justice. They took it after my trial, after I was exonerated,” Zimmerman told Fox 35 Orlando. “What I’ve decided to do is not cower. I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”
Legally, Zimmerman is right; he can do what he wants with his personal items, which includes selling the gun. But is it the right thing to do? No. The gun should be locked away forever.
Zimmerman was asked what he thought of people who opposed the online auction: “They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them,” he said.
Maybe the opposition successfully blocked Zimmerman’s auction. I hope so. And just for the record, I couldn’t care less about Zimmerman.
What do you think?
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