George Zimmerman Selling the Gun Used in Trayvon Shooting

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Liberals were horrified by the news that George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin – the event that laid the foundation for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon,” Zimmerman wrote in his GunBroker listing. “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.”

GunBroker pulled the listing on Thursday. It’s not clear if it will be reinstated, but you can see why they want to avoid undue attention. In the gun-hysteria climate of today’s America, firearm dealers and brokers want to fly under the radar as much as possible. You never know when the left will turn your business into their latest gun-control crusade.

In an interview with an Orlando news station, Zimmerman said he was standing up for his rights as a citizen. “What I’ve decided to do is not cower,” he said. “I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”

In the post, Zimmerman wrote that he would use the money he earned from the sale to push back against liberal efforts:

I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela [Corey’s] persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric. Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American History. Good Luck. Your friend, George M. Zimmerman ~Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum~

The Latin phrase translates to: If you want peace, prepare for war.

The reaction to Zimmerman’s auction has been predictable and even, to an extent, understandable. Even if you think Zimmerman was justified in the shooting, you can be excused for thinking that this sale is in bad taste. After all, we’re all susceptible to the propaganda of the mainstream media, even when we think otherwise.

But the truth is, Zimmerman has every right to sell his gun and he should not feel even slightly guilty about doing so. This man has had his life ruined by an overzealous prosecutor and a false media narrative that persists to this day. Like Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, he has been ostracized and vilified for doing nothing more than defending his life. He could spend the rest of his life as a slave to the Martin family and he would be unable to rescue his reputation. Once the left decides, it’s over.

So if Zimmerman has decided to embrace his role as one of liberal America’s most hated icons, who can blame him? In a world where up is down and good is evil, media vilification is the inevitable result of living a conservative life.

If only there were more elected Republicans who understood that.