George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, is auctioning the gun he used to killed the black 17-year-old in Sanford, Florida.
The weapon, Zimmerman wrote on an online auction site, is a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol. Here’s an excerpt from the posting:
Prospective bidders, 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 on 2/26/2012. … Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. This is a piece of American History.
The gun, Zimmerman says, was recently returned to him by the U.S. Department of Justice. He said he hopes to get at least $5,000 for the weapon, and a portion of the proceeds “will be used to: fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of” Angela Corey’s career as a prosecutor, “and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.” His posting ends with the words “Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum,” a Latin phrase that means “if you want peace, prepare for war.”
BLM refers to the Black Lives Matter movement, which sprung up following several high-profile incidents in which white police officers killed unarmed black men. Corey is the Florida State Attorney who failed in her attempt to prosecute Zimmerman for killing Martin. She is up for re-election.