Group Pulls Gun Model That Killed Trayvon Martin From Raffle

Same model that George Zimmerman used

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This Feb. 27, 2012 photo released by the State Attorney's Office shows the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun used by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin.

Raffling off the same model gun that George Zimmerman used to shoot Trayvon Martin might not have been the most sensitive fundraising idea.

The Gun Rights Preservation Forum had planned to raffle off a bible and a Kel-Tec PF-9 — the same 9mm semi-automatic handgun model that Zimmerman used to fatally shoot Trayvon Martin last year in the case that captivated that nation — at a Nov. 4 fundraiser in Viera, Fla., where Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara is the keynote speaker.

Forum host Bob White, the chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, told Florida Today that the group thought it appropriate to support a local manufacturer as part of the upcoming fundraiser, and the raffle and forum raises money to support lobbying efforts for personal liberty issues. He said that he had not been aware that the gun was the same model that killed the 17-year-old Martin.

But after news of the gun raffle kicked up controversy, organizers decided to postpone the raffle until early December. Raffle participants were assured that their tickets are still valid and that they could still win the gun. White gave this statement to Florida Today:

We have no doubt that George Zimmerman used this weapon legally in the defense of his own life. Certainly, its use prevented further serious bodily harm to himself, and he may very well have saved his own life by its use. We also recognize, though, that another life was lost in the process, and we do have empathy for the parents of Trayvon Martin. Losing their son was tragic, regardless of the circumstances.

Zimmerman was acquitted earlier this year in Martin’s death, ending a high-profile case that ignited debate about race, guns, and self-defense laws.

16 comments
StevenRichards
StevenRichards

Zimmerman was just defending himself from Trayvon:


This Trayvon vs Zimmerman fight to the death poster illustrates what happened that night:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=&_nkw=poppy+trayvon+zimmerman+poster

Trayvon got away and was almost home, and then backtracked and followed Zimmerman to his truck and started beating the crap out of Zimmerman. I love how Trayvon's friend, Rachel Jeantel took the stand and let it slip that he said a racist remark a few seconds before he attacked Zimmerman. If he hadn't been shot, this beating would have been a hate crime on Trayvon. I was appalled by Trayvon's use of foul language and racial slurs.

Note to to future attackers: If you knock a guy down, and notice he has a concealed weapon, don't go grabbing for it yelling "You are gonna die tonight!" as that gives the owner of the gun a license to kill you in self defense.



notsacredh
notsacredh

"The Gun Rights Preservation Forum had planned to raffle off a bible and a Kel-Tec PF-9 — the same 9mm semi-automatic handgun model that Zimmerman used to fatally shoot Trayvon Martin last year in the case that captivated that nation — at a Nov. 4 fundraiser in Viera, Fla., where Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara is the keynote speaker."

In other things that make sense, a Purity Ball has french ticklers and IUDs as door prizes.

tacocricket44
tacocricket44

I'm glad Trayvon Martin is dead. One less piece of trash in our society.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Jesus was totally for guns and bibles. His motto was 'shoot 'em first and shoot 'em often'

DaveDavis
DaveDavis

I am pro gun, and yet again, guns don't kill people, people kill people.

It makes no difference what gun was used, and this is a complete non story.  Would rocks or sticks be persona non grata if that was what GZ used?

Silly story, stupid people who have no brains need this crap.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DaveDavis 

I remember you getting highly offended when someone introduced race into the conversation regarding my gun show experience.

You got HIGHLY offended. Yet!

We have @tacocricket44 who is not only a bigot but wished Trayvon Martin dead, and, you are silent.

My opinion?

I think that that speaks worlds about what you really are, besides being horribly deficient in reasoning.

My suggestion?

You better start cleaning your own house before somebody notices the sh!t on your floors.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@DaveDavis Actually, people with guns kill people.  The difference between rocks and sticks and guns is that guns are quicker, can do more damage in short order, and, at least in this area, are carried around like they are a sex symbol.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@S_Deemer 

My laugh for the day.  Ford trucks, Jack Daniels, and Smith & Wesson.  Who knew?

tacocricket44
tacocricket44

@ARTRaveler Sounds like a social problem. If you don't like guns being presented as a "sex symbol" then maybe you should protest the violent rap songs instead of guns. People with ANYTHING can kill other people. Take guns away and you'll be protesting knives next. Have some common sense.

navretvet
navretvet

@tacocricket44 @ARTRaveler And maybe tacocricket needs to get his head out of hisazz in order to get a proper view of the world.  Since he has no coherent argument he has to make inane comments hoping his ignorance doesn't show.  he ease of killing people with guns as opposed to other methods is the argument but you can't see that when your using your buttcheeks for earmuffs.