The gun George Zimmerman used to shoot dead 17 year old Trayvon Martin is up for auction once again and is being called a “piece of history.” This is the second time the deadly weapon has been put up for auction as the first time around there were apparently numerous fake bids and fake accounts. The new listing appears on the United Gun Group with a starting bid of $100K. However, if one wishes to buy it now the price is $500K. The gun is listed as “George Zimmerman’s Gun used 2/26/12 .” That’s the day 17 year old Trayvon Martin died after Zimmerman shot him dead in Sanford, Florida as Zimmerman was participating in a neighborhood watch program.
In the description of the gun now being auctioned Zimmerman has written his criminal case number in silver permanent marker on the weapon. He’s calling it a “piece of American history” as well. He claims many people have expressed interest in owning the gun and/or putting it on display. In fact, he claims none other than the Smithsonian Museum has expressed such interest! However, according to ABC News the Smithsonian abruptly denied Zimmerman’s claim and said the museum has NEVER expressed interest in the deadly weapon! In fact, here’s the tweet from the Smithsonian regarding Zimmerman’s gun:
“We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums.”
Apparently, Zimmerman’s claim is FALSE!
Zimmerman says part of the funds raised from the gun sale will be used to fight violence against police by the Black Lives Matter movement. He also guarantees the validity and authenticity of the weapon.
Zimmerman was acquitted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in 2013 after he killed Martin in 2012. Zimmerman claims, according to ABC News, that proceeds from the gun sale will also go towards the “demise” of Angela Corey who was the Florida prosecutor in Zimmerman’s case. He also says some of the money will also be used to combat Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm campaign.
It appears to me that Zimmerman is simply trying to profit from selling the gun and as for it being a “part of American history” I highly doubt that. What it is is a weapon that was used to kill another human being plain and simple! Frankly, this latest act by Zimmerman is SHAMEFUL in my opinion. However, the fact that he’s now trying to sell the fun for an outrageous price doesn’t surprise me at all. Just one more sad chapter for America in my opinion.