What Could Go Wrong? George Zimmerman Now ‘Patrolling’ FL. Gun Store At Night Looking For Burglars

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The very last time George Zimmerman patrolled an area to help prevent property crimes, he ended up shooting an unarmed 17-year-old boy to death. Apparently, he hasn’t lost the itch.

Aside from his occasional arrests for violent and troubling behavior, Zimmerman has been keeping a pretty low profile after his acquittal for the aforementioned murder. He recently surfaced during his divorce proceedings only to claim that he was dead broke, homeless, and traveling a lot. He also admitted to still owning five guns, including a shotgun that he bought after his trial. Now, he is reportedly doing a voluntary stint as a security guard for a Florida gun store.

The legality of an admitted murderer (albeit, one who was acquitted of any wrongdoing) acting as a strongarm for a gun store is hazy, but it was questionable enough that when police noticed Zimmerman sitting in a parked car behind Pompano Pat’s motorcycle dealership and gun store (for all of your motorcycle and firearm needs), they made note of it in a police report.

According to the police report:

“Dispatch informed me that the vehicle was registered to George Zimmerman out of Sanford. Zimmerman informed me that he was sitting behind the business with the permission of the owner, Pat Johnson. Zimmerman stated that he had been friends with Johnson for a period of time and was watching the business due to a recent burglary.”

So there was Zimmerman, sitting in his car waiting for a burglar to return to the scene of the crime. What could go wrong?

Initially, police believed Zimmerman was hired by Pat’s to be a security guard based on what Zimmerman told them. That turned out not to be the case. A day later, facing scrutiny, the owner Pat Johnson stated that he had not hired Zimmerman in any capacity and Zimmerman was simply doing it as a favor.

There is no question that Zimmerman feels like he owes Pat’s. After his acquittal, Johnson welcomed him with open arms. More precisely, Johnson gave Zimmerman a free gun of the exact make and model as the one Zimmerman had used to shoot Trayvon Martin with.

“Upon receiving your confirmation that he is well within his legal rights to concealed carry, our company would like to offer Mr. Zimmerman a free firearm.  We currently have the same model in stock, or he could (choose) another weapon suitable for concealed carry,” the letter states.

Now, Johnson seems to be distancing himself from Zimmerman’s erratic behavior – or possibly just going into damage control mode. From statements to media, Johnson suggested he didn’t really know what Zimmerman was up to, but had noticed him sitting outside of his store for hours at a time and sanctioned it.

If Johnson is telling the truth, that is extremely odd behavior on Zimmerman. The act of a delusional vigilant, of the same type that got him in trouble in the first place. Zimmerman wants to play the hero. Regardless of one’s feelings about Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin, putting him into another situation where he may feel inclined to use his weapon is very risky. Add to that, Zimmerman’s stated mental instability since the time of his trial (he claimed in divorce papers that he is seeing a psychiatrist weekly and taking anti-depressants) and this is a situation ripe for disaster.

Despite the problems, police allowed Zimmerman to continue his voluntary sentry over Pat’s. It is unclear whether Zimmerman was armed at the time police talked to him. Later, he told police that he planned to “be around the business at night” for the foreseeable future.

What a terrifying thought, not for criminals, but for anyone who happens to be walking by and unlucky enough to attract Zimmerman’s suspicions.