George Zimmerman has placed the gun he used to snuff out the life of Trayvon Martin up for auction online. After widespread outrage, the site pulled the auction, leaving Zimmerman to find a new place to sell it. As part of his sales pitch, he called the murder weapon a “piece of American history” and claimed that the Smithsonian Museum had approached him with an interest in the weapon. However, the Smithsonian is calling bullshit.
News of Zimmerman’s decision to place the gun used in the killing of a 17-year-old child spread on Wednesday night. In his description of the gun, Zimmerman wrote:
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. It has been featured in several publications and in current University text books.
Thursday morning, the Smithsonian took to Twitter to clarify just how much of an interest they actually had in getting their hands on the murder weapon.
We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) May 12, 2016
Sorry Georgie, looks like the Smithsonian doesn’t want anything to do with you or the gun you used to murder a child because the pack of Skittles he was carrying made you fear for your life. What a shock.
According to Zimmerman, he decided to put the gun up for auction because “it’s time to move past the firearm, and if I sell it and it sells, and I move past it.” Besides, he explained “I’m a free American. I can do what I like with my possessions.”
He also told sellers that he planned to use a portion of the profits from the sale of the gun to fund his fight against the Black Lives Matter movement.
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