George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering an unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, is auctioning the gun he used to kill the youngster. In the description he calls the deadly weapon merely a “Firearm Icon” and a “piece of American History.”
The Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm gun, at a starting price of $5,000, has recently been put on GunBroker.com, a website specializing in the sale of firearms and related items.
“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,” former neighborhood watchman-turned-acquitted-killer wrote in the description of the weapon.
The gun was recently returned to Zimmerman by the Department of Justice, he said.
According to Zimmerman, many have already expressed interest “in owning and displaying the firearm including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.”
“This is a piece of American History. It has been featured in several publications and in current university text books…..”
Zimmerman is planning to use the money from the sale of the gun to “fight” the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to fight BLM violence against law enforcement officers… [and fight] Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric,” he wrote.
He signed off “your friend, George M. Zimmerman” and “Si vis pacem, para bellum” – a Latin adage translated as, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”
Zimmerman made headlines when he fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin in the streets of Sanford, Florida in 2012. He claimed he had acted in self-defense.
The prosecution argued that Zimmerman had racially profiled the unarmed teen, instigating the fight that led to the shooting.
However, in 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting of Martin.
The case fueled a national debate on self-defense laws, which have been linked to the ongoing black lives matter protests across the US.
Martin’s name became a rallying cry for civil rights groups protesting police treatment of African-Americans. Protests flared up in 2014 following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, at the hands of police.
Source: RT World