One might assume that after someone goes through what they claim was a traumatic, life-changing event, they’d do their best to move past it and get on with their lives. Apparently, auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin in 2012, is George Zimmerman’s way of trying to do that.
“What I’ve decided to do is not cower,” he said in an interview with WOFL-TV, according to CNN. “I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”
Zimmerman listed the gun on a gun auction website and opened the bidding at a price of $5,000.
“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon,” the post 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.”
The post went on to say that proceeds from the auction will go on to, “fight BLM [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s [sic] persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric. Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American History.”
According to Dallas Morning News, Zimmerman claims that the Department of Justice attempted to make the gun inoperable, but he guarantees that it can still be used and will provide proof of authenticity.
“The pistol currently has the case number written on it in silver permanent marker. Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.,” Zimmerman wrote in the post.
A jury acquitted Zimmerman of killing Martin in 2013 after the self-described neighborhood watchmen followed him in his Sanford, FL neighborhood. Zimmerman claimed he was attacked by Martin and shot him in self-defense. The jury’s decision was very controversial and opened the eyes of many to America’s racial climate.
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