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Monday, March 10, 2014

Zimmerman Signed Autographs at a Florida Gun Show

Posted by on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 8:38 AM


We are officially living in a world where George Zimmerman is treated like a famous person.

The man who will forever be known for killing an unarmed black teenager basked in the limelight Saturday at — where else? — a gun show in central Florida.

According to television station WESH, Zimmerman "greeted people and autographed photos of him posing with his dog."

Organizers of the event were forced change locations after the original venue was hit with a public backlash over Zimmerman's planned appearance.

An unabashed gun lover, Zimmerman went on a tour last year of the Florida firearms factory that makes the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin — a move his own attorney said was a bad idea.

This is not a bad thing; this is exactly the kind of spotlight we want on the nutty world of gun shows. Imagine if the spotlight were of someone like Harrison Ford (a name pulled out of a generic celebrity hat), then the gun show would look like it's really happening, look groudly American, look exactly like it's not: sane. But Zimmerman is not your average celebrity. The stupidity of this event's organizers is found in their complete failure to see that the only attention Zimmerman could bring to a gun show is necessarily unwanted.


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That makes me feel sick...
Posted by Beth on March 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM · Report this
Like school in summer...
Posted by Just saying on March 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM · Report this
There's no stupidity on the part of the organizers. They got attention, just like they wanted. And the bulk of people who went to the show probably still think Zimmerman was in the right. The fact that they're all wrong doesn't preclude the success of a stunt like this.
Posted by NateMan on March 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM · Report this
This is not surprising. The kind of people who would book Zimmerman for their gun show already live in a world of total cognitive dissonance. They want a society in which guns are handled safely and broadly accepted, yet they idolize someone who is the epitome of a reckless gun owner (no matter what you think happened between him and Martin).

We can see the inconsistency. They cannot.
Posted by MRM on March 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5
And the number of gun owners gets smaller, and more fanatical, every day. Where does that lead?
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM · Report this
NopeNope 6
That is just fucking ridiculous. Even if someone is the type of pathetic person who idolizes people who have used their gun in self-defense, George Zimmerman still falls short. He isn't some Billy Bad-Ass. He is either a bigoted bully at worst or a hopeless coward at best.

George Zimmerman is NOT a hero of the gun-rights movement. He's a hero of racism.
Posted by NopeNope on March 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM · Report this
lark 7
Good Morning Charles,
Yeah, no doubt this was a publicity stunt that evidently worked. However, I wouldn't have known about it had you not mentioned it in this morning's SLOG. Whatever the case, I don't own a firearm and wouldn't want to attend one of these shows anyway.

On the other hand, what astonished me regarding guns and the news was this tragic story:…

The handgun went off when it dropped out of a sock while she was sorting clothes! Nary a doubt there are many idiots (Zimmerman is one of them) out there when it comes to guns and safety (lack thereof). That accident was just so bloody sad to read of. My condolences to her family.
Posted by lark on March 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM · Report this
You can't flim-flam the Zim-Zam.
Posted by Zim Power on March 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM · Report this
venomlash 9
@8: I would love to see him flim-flammed with extreme prejudice.
Posted by venomlash on March 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM · Report this
treacle 10
Wanna-be violent racists do love their cowardly violent racists...
Posted by treacle on March 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM · Report this
I live in Florida at the moment (unfortunately). Everyone underestimates the stupidity, ignorance, and hatred of the people who live here.
Posted by Herbert on March 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM · Report this
I'm reluctant to ask this question, but how many of the people seeking signatures are republican N.R.A. members? It blows my mind to think anyone would seek out this complete idiot.
Posted by longwayhome on March 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM · Report this

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