Only a few months have passed since Trayvon Martin was mercilessly gunned down by George Zimmerman in a gated neighborhood in Florida. Conservatives have defended the shooting as an act of self-defense even though Trayvon was unarmed and being chased by his killer. Trayvon was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. George Zimmerman was carrying a pistol and a heart full of hate.
Since the shooting, racists around the country have expressed their support of Zimmerman’s right to shoot and kill an unarmed African-American teenager and have begun using Trayvon’s name as a racial slur. Many of these same folks, including anchors at Fox News have attempted to blame the hoodie for the shooting. But until now, nobody has attempted to profit off of the tragedy. A person in Virginia created gun range targets featuring a dark hoodie like Trayvon’s with Skittles and an iced tea. They were sold in packs of ten on GunBroker.com, who appears to have since removed the item.
According to Raw Story, “the seller’s ID was listed as “hillerarmco” from Virginia Beach, Virginia. A website by the same name is registered to Hiller Armament Company in Virginia Beach, but the associated phone number had been disconnected.”
WKMG’s Mike DeForest says the anonymous seller told him that the “main motivation was to make money off the controversy,” and that the targets “sold out in two days” due to overwhelming response.
Here’s the product description of the targets:
“Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12″x18″ ( The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets.”
So according to the sellers of the targets, Trayvon Martin wasn’t an innocent teen walking through the neighborhood where his father lives. He was “a thug” who deserved to be shot, even though he wasn’t even armed and posed no threat to anyone. The seller and the buyers of this product should be ashamed of themselves. Racist gun owners are sprinting to buy these targets so they can pretend to be shooting innocent black people to death. It’s sick, and even George Zimmerman’s attorney thinks so.
Mark O’Mara responded to this story by telling WKMG that he’s disgusted by this “hate-mongering” and he thinks the seller should be arrested.
“This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility. It’s this type of hatred — that’s what this is, it’s hate-mongering — that’s going to make it more difficult to try this case. I hope there is a crime that we can charge that person who made that with. I’m not sure what it is, but we need to come up with one because that’s disgusting.”
￼He’s right, of course. This is hate-mongering. The seller is purposefully creating targets for racists who clearly want to shoot and kill black people. It’s outrageous and should be shut down. And any profit the seller makes should be seized and given to a charity of some kind in Trayvon Martin’s name. No one, especially a racist gun nut, should be allowed to profit off the tragic killing of an innocent teen.