Insults Stronger than Bullets

Pablo Medina, Editor

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It’s one thing to kill a person, but it’s another to sell the weapon used to murder that person in the public domain.

According to the Associated Press, the auction for George Zimmerman’s weapon had been moved to the website United Gun Group after GunBroker.com took the original auction down from May 12. In a comical form of resistance, the auction has been tampered with by fake bidders inflating the sale to $65 million, through the efforts of users such as “Racist McShootface,” “Donald Trump” and “Tamir Rice”. As of May 17, the auction has raised to $124,300, with the option to purchase the weapon immediately for $500,000.

It’s difficult to break away from a troubled past, but this auction makes it clear that Zimmerman is bringing the negative reception all by himself, separate from the input of others.

What else do you expect from the same person that painted a Confederate flag with the caption “The 2nd protects our 1st”, and dedicated his work to a Florida gun shop owner that banned Muslims from entering the owner’s business?

In his auction entries for the two websites, Zimmerman placed the same description of the weapon:

“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon,” the websites said. “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 first part of the post is perhaps the most disturbing to me. What’s so honorable, humble and American about it? The fact that it’s been broken in by having killed a human target or that his Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol was made by a Swedish firearms designer? Either way, he clearly shows no remorse for his action, because he is “honored and humbled” to be selling this deadly weapon.

A lot goes through my mind figuring out why life has brought this event into reality. It’s very perplexing to that anyone would find intrinsic value behind weapons of destruction, especially those that have claimed lives.

Should it get sold? I would ask the buyer of the handgun what would compel them to purchase it, and what that person does in their free time when they aren’t funding a killer’s charity towards ending Black Lives Matter (BLM). Yes, the Associated Press reported that the money that this gun would be sold for will be handled by Zimmerman and put towards paying for officers subject to violence from Black Lives Matter. In addition, money raised will fund efforts to counter Florida State Attorney Angela Corey and the anti-gun policy of Hillary Clinton.

Separating from the polarizing views between law enforcement and the BLM group, one has to ask what the effect will be from such a small amount of money. I honestly think at this point no one should want anything to do with Zimmerman and the insensitive actions he is making these days.

In my opinion, normally whatever someone does with their belongings is out of my concern. If some guy wants to sell a discharged firearm that was used in the tragic death of a young black man, then I can’t say anything to go against it because it is his freedom to do so.

However this is not normal in my eyes. Murder, hate speech, funding for the disestablishment and oppression of a social awareness group, these things are not what a normal person does. They are what a cold, ignorant and selfish person like Zimmerman does.

I and everyone else have enough right to freely chastise Zimmerman and the gun auctioneers for seeing no moral objection in this apathetic gesture to Americans. A man who cowardly follows individuals, looking to incite violence where it’s not necessary, proudly touts his tools of destruction when he rises from a battle. It is truly a barbaric and stupid gesture.

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