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What do George Zimmerman's actions say about America?

By J. Nick PittsMay 12, 2016

George Zimmerman mug shot
George Zimmerman mug shot

George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. Back in 2012, Zimmerman shot and killed the defenseless Martin after feeling threatened and endangered on a dark street. The 17-year-old Martin had skittles and sweet tea; Zimmerman had his gun. He calls this gun an “American Firearm Icon.” Bidding starts at $5,000.

Describing the sale, Zimmerman says the proceeds will be used to “fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers” and to “ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.” He goes on to say that, “The firearm is fully functional as the attempts by the Department of Justice on behalf of B. Hussein Obama to render the firearm inoperable were thwarted by my phenomenal Defense Attorney.”

This may seem inappropriate, but it is not out of character. Last October, Zimmerman used his Twitter account to retweet a photo of Trayvon Martin’s slain body. Before that, he called President Obama an “ignorant baboon.” His account was suspended in 2015 after posting scandalous pictures of his ex-girlfriend, including her number, email, and accusations she had sexual relations with a “dirty Muslim.” 

In 2013, he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault after pointing a shotgun at a different ex-girlfriend. Another time, he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for throwing a bottle of wine at another, different girlfriend. 

Not limited to girlfriends but keeping in line with the aggravated assault, Zimmerman recently got into a dispute with a motorist. He allegedly threatened him, saying “Do you know who I am? I’ll f-ing kill you.”

George Zimmerman in court
George Zimmerman in courtYouTube

Though he did not follow up on his empty threat, we as a culture continue to follow this troubled man. He is a car crash that we slow down to peer at. We are frustrated that he has caused traffic, angry that others before us are slowing down to look at him, but when it comes time for us to pass, we still can’t help but look. 

Why? Because he tries to tarnish the beauty of the United States. 

In the land of the free and home of the brave, we have inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The government does not give us those rights, rather it protects those rights as we exercise them in our lives. We are a nation of citizens, but each citizen has their own perception of happiness. What is happy for me may be miserable for you. But the beauty of America is that you are free to pursue your happiness — as long as it is within the bounds of the laws. 

However, with great liberty comes great responsibility. 

However, with great liberty comes great responsibility. Most have used their liberty in a way that benefits the collective whole, but some not so much. Namely: George Zimmerman. Those God-given, government protected rights have been misused in such a way that not only hurts himself, but also others. He uses his freedom to abuse women, kill a child, and debase ethnicities. 

I want to hate him, but I feel sorry for him. 

I feel sorry that he gets his kicks by kicking others when they are down. I feel sorry that his happiness is dependent upon the sadness of others. I feel sorry that his worth is tied to the attention he can garner. I feel sorry that he lives in a universe in which is he is the center and is surrounded by planets of insecurities.

As was demonstrated when the auction company shut down the sale — he can try to tarnish the beauty of our nation, but the resolve of our nation is greater.