George Zimmerman just can’t stay out of the news. It wasn’t enough that he was acquitted of the 2012 unjustified death of Trayvon Martin, but now he’s put the blame for it onto Trayvon’s grieving parents.
“They didn’t raise their son right. He attacked a complete stranger and attempted to kill him.”
“Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin did everything they could to capitalize on her son’s death,” he said. “She was never a mother figure to him. Tracy Martin couldn’t have cared less about their son. He treated him like a dog without a leash.”
Zimmerman apparently doesn’t see the ways that he has tried to profit off the death of the 17-year-old. Most recently, he’s been trying to sell the gun that killed Trayvon, declaring it a piece of American history. He’s unable to see it as the disgraceful and sad reminder of a teenage boy lost in his youth.
In the rain, Trayvon Martin was walking back to his dad’s home from a convenience store. Trayvon had just purchased an iced tea and a bag of Skittles. George Zimmerman, a cop-wannabe, started tracking the hooded youth. Zimmerman called 911 telling the dispatcher about a suspicious character. He described Trayvon Martin to the dispatcher, even referring to Trayvon as “a kid.” There seemed to be no basis for the call other than Zimmerman’s distaste for a black male walking in his gated neighborhood.
The police dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow Trayvon, but he did. At some point, Zimmerman confronted the youth and put a 9mm bullet in his chest.
“It is what was used to save my life from a near-death brutal attack by Trayvon Martin,” Zimmerman said of the gun. “If it was a stick or mace, it’s the one tool I had that prevented Trayvon from killing me.” Trayvon, of course, was unarmed, and Zimmerman had superficial wounds.
After his acquittal, George Zimmerman lay low for a while, possibly knowing how lucky he was to have escaped prison as well as being one of the most hated people in America. He is, however, an attention hound and has been running headlines ever since, according to The Blaze.
Trouble follows Zimmerman. In 2013, his girlfriend called 911 saying he had held a gun to her head. The next year, he was involved in a violent road rage incident. The Daily Beast reports he’s done disgraceful things like retweeting a photo of the dead Trayvon with the caption, “Z-man is a one man army,” though he claimed it was a mistake.
Zimmerman said he decided to sell the gun after praying about it. He said he had thought about giving it to his children and grandchildren as a token of liberty, but since he’s unable to hold a job, he said he’s forced to sell it. George Zimmerman blames the publicity of the case on his misfortune.
George Zimmerman has been unable to reconcile the choices he’s made as being the fate he’s living. Instead, Zimmerman blames everyone else.
“If I have to live my life and if I have to go about my business as a normal person, then I would do that. However, I’m not afforded that luxury anymore. You guys. The media. The masses. The Fulton-Martin family. They took that from me.”
As Zimmerman has placed a $100,000 value on the gun that killed Trayvon Martin, he was asked about what Trayvon’s family must feel about it.
“Sure, I’m sorry for any parent that has lost a child,” Zimmerman said. “That being said, I also believe it’s their duty to have an internal dialogue to see what they should have done better and what they should have done appropriately.”
Crushing words for a family who lost a child to a senseless crime. George Zimmerman will never take responsibility for his actions that day. He sees himself as a hero, not a killer. As the solution, not the problem.
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