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The Florida man who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin in an incident that triggered nationwide civil rights protests will auction the gun he used on Thursday and spend some of the proceeds to challenge gun control policies, the auction website said.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently returned to George Zimmerman the Kel Tec 9mm pistol that he had used to kill the unarmed Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, according to Gunbroker.com, the website where the weapon is being sold.

Zimmerman described the gun as “a piece of American history,” according to the site.

The one-day auction is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) on Thursday, with bidding starting at $5,000.

The Trayvon Martin Foundation “has no comment on the actions of that person that murdered Trayvon,” Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said in a statement.

Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time, said the shooting was in self-defense. Martin’s family said the teenager was simply passing through the residential area on his way home from a convenience store.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the incident that sparked civil rights rallies and shone a spotlight on Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.

President Barack Obama said after Zimmerman’s acquittal that Martin “could have been me, 35 years ago” and urged Americans to understand the pain African Americans felt over the case.

 

‘SOCIOPATH’

“George Zimmerman” quickly became the top trending term on Twitter in the United States, with many users on the social media site expressing shock and revulsion.

“The only people worse than George Zimmerman are the people who bid on that gun,” tweeted the writer, Lyz Lenz.

National Review columnist Charles C. W. Cooke said Zimmerman “may have acted legally, but the man is a sociopath.”

On the auction website, Zimmerman said he planned to use part of the proceeds to fight Black Lives Matter, a rights movement that grew out of the incident, as well as to counter “violence against law enforcement officers.”

Proceeds would also go toward fighting Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s “anti-firearm rhetoric,” he said.

“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon. The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin,” he said on the site.

The number from the Martin case is written on the pistol in silver permanent marker and “many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm,” he said in the description.

In a phone interview with a local broadcaster on Wednesday, Zimmerman brushed off those critical of the auction.

“They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them,” he told Orlando TV station WOFL.

Zimmerman, who has had brushes with law enforcement since his acquittal, was the target of an attempted murder by Matthew Apperson in a Florida road dispute in May 2015, according to prosecutors.

He told WOFL that he had received death threats while in hiding after killing Martin, and that he had received more threats to his life since the gun sale was announced.

“What I’ve decided to do is not cower,” he said. “I’m a free American. And I can do what I like with my possessions.”

 

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Additional reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, Amy Tennery in New York, and Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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  1. charleo1 May 12, 2016

    For the hard to buy for White Supremacist, anti gov. kook, or militant Right Winger who has everything….Christmas, or the KKK’s birthday, (Dec. 24th,) are just around the corner.

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  2. Otto T. Goat May 12, 2016

    Hilarious.

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    1. Siegfried Heydrich May 12, 2016

      A pity you’re too poor to bid on it . . .

      1. Otto T. Goat May 12, 2016

        Please. I would never own a Kel-Tec.

      2. Sand_Cat May 15, 2016

        Otto may be a millionaire for all we know, and calling him “poor” only sinks to his level (and demeans really poor people, a favorite right-wing passtime for Otto and others). On the other hand, he is clearly a racist neo-Nazi. Why not stick to what we know about him in responding to his insanity?

        1. Siegfried Heydrich May 15, 2016

          Because if Otto had any wealth whatsoever, he’d be flaunting it. He’s that kind of guy.

  3. Siegfried Heydrich May 12, 2016

    The man is really, truly sick. But more than that, what this tells me that this man is really, truly broke. To sell the trophy of his manhood like this? He’s got to be getting down to the bottom of the barrel.

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  4. 1standlastword May 12, 2016

    News Flash: Within minutes of the opening of the auction it was shutdown. I don’t know why for sure but my guess is the community complained and the site realized this would be bad for business.

    The conceal carry community has some bad apples for sure but most people are parents, professionals active and retired across a broad spectrum fields from health care to law enforcement to educators and many more professions. These are almost entirely honest, law abiding, rational and moral people who have chosen to be responsible for their own security inside and outside of the home.

    Zimmerman is not accepted in the greater part of this community as a hero!

    Many don’t consider what he did as responsible and as someone familiar with the lethal force option for self defense, I can tell you he only got off because of a favorable setting and a superior legal defense.

    A truly responsible legally armed person with a professional demeanor would have de-escalated Martin and acted as a good eyewitness for arriving law officers. Zimmerman fomented a life threatening situation that left him pretty much no tactical choice but to use deadly force

    And now after the fact to take a macabre situation to be a profiteer and to try to put a moral spin on it is simply a crazy man’s attempt to repair a broken and seared conscience…impossible!

    Like I said, Zimmerman is not welcomed in the responsible carry community of reasonable and moral peopl and that is why I think think the auction was shut down

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    1. Otto T. Goat May 12, 2016

      Zimmerman was acquitted because the State had no case. He should never have been prosecuted.

      1. 1standlastword May 12, 2016

        Definition of non sequitur. 1 : an inference that does not follow from the premises; specifically : a fallacy resulting from a simple conversion of a universal affirmative proposition or from the transposition of a condition and its consequent.

        1. Otto T. Goat May 12, 2016

          You claimed, falsely, “he only got off because of a favorable setting”. Maybe you should review your own posts before accusing others of “poor reading comprehension”.

          1. 1standlastword May 12, 2016

            Otto, what is the main thesis of my post?

            Just answer my question and it will be revealing of a problem with reading comprehension or not.

          2. Otto T. Goat May 12, 2016

            You don’t say.

          3. 1standlastword May 12, 2016

            Case rested…reading comprehension IS your problem!

      2. Darsan54 May 12, 2016

        Zimmerman was hunting. Pure and simple. He may have “legally” beaten his charges, but he was still hunting. Tell me, you think OJ is innocent or only acquitted?

        1. Otto T. Goat May 12, 2016

          There’s no evidence Zimmerman committed a crime. All the evidence showed OJ was guilty.

          1. Sand_Cat May 12, 2016

            Naturally you bring up a completely irrelevant comparison.
            Not surprising you wouldn’t recognize a black man’s right to “stand his ground.”

          2. Otto T. Goat May 12, 2016

            I wasn’t the one who brought up OJ, learn how to read.

          3. Sand_Cat May 12, 2016

            True enough.

            Sorry.

          4. RED May 13, 2016

            Yes, but notice how ignorant Cons how perfectly willing to convict O.J. and proclaim his guilt regardless of the outcome of the legal trial. But suddenly this d bag, Zimmerman is innocent because he wasn’t convicted. There is just no limit to the hypocrisy and complete and total ignorance of the sick Con mind. Personally I think it should be classified as a disease, a disease that only affects the weakest minds and the least intelligent, like poor Otto and his sad little lonely world.

          5. Otto T. Goat May 13, 2016

            OJ was clearly guilty, there’s no evidence Zimmerman committed a crime.

          6. RED May 13, 2016

            Wow!! You really are stupid!! I know Cons are ignorant morons yet I still get surprised at how frigging stupid they really are! Truly amazing. Now this ignorant Con, Otto, will whine about name calling and not debating issues just like the ignorant Cons always do because they think everyone is as dumb and ignorant as themselves and believe their made up facts, lies, fantasies constitute actual facts that normal humans should debate with them. Just truly sad how damagingt he Con sickness is.

          7. Otto T. Goat May 13, 2016

            You can’t make a substantive argument, so you engage in name calling.

          8. RED May 13, 2016

            Perfect!! Even completely spell out and predict the behavior of an ignorant Con they still can’t deviate from their instinctual stupidity! Fascinating. Supports my theory that Cons are lower order animals and can only operate on instinctual fears and tribalistic herd mentalities. And this particular Con, Otto, has all the classic symptoms of the Con sickness, slow witted, clear cognitive dissonance, inability to recognize reality. The American Psychiatric Association could make a real case study of this one.

          9. Otto T. Goat May 13, 2016

            You’re the one who has a hard time recognizing reality, because the reality is Trayvon got what he deserved.

          10. Sand_Cat May 14, 2016

            Do your posts deserve – or ever make – a “substantive argument”?

          11. Sand_Cat May 14, 2016

            I am second to none in my disdain for Otto’s views on most issues, but I object to adopting “conservative” practices of
            1) Calling the political opposition a “disease,” a la some “conservative” clown named Savage whose first name I’ve forgotten, and
            2) Talking about some one’s “sad lonely little world.” Almost every right-wing idiot I’ve ever challenged eventually gets around to claiming I have no job, am on welfare, have no friends, will die alone, etc.
            I agree with your main contention, but let’s condemn right-wing views and their holders only with things we can reasonably derive from their posts: that should be devastating enough.

          12. RED May 14, 2016

            I understand your more noble outlook and opinion. And you certainly have every right to those beliefs. However, I do not subscribe to them and disagree with you strongly .Racist ignorance, lies and false realities are not simply another viewpoint to be debated and respected, they are a poison. I certainly have no problem with different viewpoints but that’s not what Cons are. Had you lived in 1930’s Germany would you have respected the different “viewpoints” of Nazis? I wouldn’t have. I would recognize it as a cancer to be destroyed. And like Nazi philosophy that was also based on lies and ignorance, the Cons are also a cancer.

          13. Sand_Cat May 15, 2016

            Don’t think anyone here or elsewhere has ever called me or my outlook “noble.” Thanks, but I think you misunderstood my point.
            I never said anything about respecting the twisted views of so-called “conservatives” (what are they “conserving”?).
            All I said was, let’s not descend to their rhetorical depths. It makes us look as stupid as they are.
            I certainly have no problem calling anyone a racist or stupid or just plain evil if their posts warrant it; what I try to avoid is the assumption that those who oppose my political views are unemployed, friendless, and penniless, and sit all day in their darkened rooms watching Fox News and writing posts to the National Memo, i.e., the mirror image of what they often claim for us. They may well be, but I have no basis for making that assumption, and doing so diminishes both me and the message I’m trying to convey about what they actually and verifiably wrote (though the fact that it’s sitting there in the post to which I responded for all to see sometimes doesn’t prevent angry denials. One lucky guy had all his insane rants – and I do mean insane – deleted – possibly by him? – so that all that remained were my responses and his final post, which I didn’t read, but obviously had a much calmer and more rational tone).
            Please don’t think I don’t see the danger, but however little respect I may have for a given right-wing troll I do respect the Constitution and its spirit, and his or her right under it to voice whatever views, however objectionable to me. As one bumper sticker so aptly put it:
            IF WE DON’T PROTECT FREEDOM OF SPEECH, HOW WILL WE KNOW WHO THE @$$H0LE$ ARE?
            Their rantings more often than not validate our own beliefs more than the most eloquent advocacy!

          14. RED May 16, 2016

            I’m honestly you and comprehend your meaning here. But I don’t. I’m not sure where you are drawing a line? You say calling Cons out for being racist is acceptable and as far as I’m concerned racism ii a disease, a poison. So I have absolutely no problem whatsoever referring to ignorant Cons as having a sickness or less than human, sadly it’s true and pretending that it isn’t doesn’t help. Cons have surrendered any adherence to rationality or truth and facts, they instead prefer their cultist made up mythology. And pretending that their lies are equally valid to facts does our world no justice. So, although I have no desire to offend or insult you or any other non Con, I maintain that being a devoted Con is a sickness. Ex:Otto T. Goat.

          15. Sand_Cat May 14, 2016

            Why don’t you learn how to think?
            The part of my post about Martin’s right to stand his ground against an armed and hostile stalker when he was where he had a right to be and doing what he had a right to do has been conveniently overlooked by right-wing lunatics such as you, and was obviously never considered by the police or the jury. I suspect that Neighborhood Watch does not encourage armed pursuit of suspected intruders by its members, and Zimmerman explicitly disobeyed police instructions, which is at least a misdemeanor in most jurisdictions.

          16. Otto T. Goat May 14, 2016

            Approaching someone in your own neighborhood isn’t stalking. Martin came back to where Zimmerman was and attacked him. Zimmerman never received any instructions from the police. You should have paid attention when the trial was happening.

          17. Sand_Cat May 15, 2016

            He wasn’t “approaching”; he was stalking, and Martin simply waited for him, i.e.,” stood his ground,” as he had a right to do, and defended himself and you are so full of crap you probably STINK like a goat! One important “witness” was missing at the trial; Zimmerman made sure of that.

            Are you sure you don’t want to change your avatar? This one fits you so much better:

          18. Otto T. Goat May 15, 2016

            It was established at trial that Martin went back to where Zimmerman was. Zimmerman wasn’t stalking, that’s a fact. You should have paid attention during the trial.

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