George Zimmerman Signs Autographs At Orlando Gun Show

Zimmerman Signs Autographs at Gun Show

George Zimmerman, gun enthusiast and killer of teenager Trayvon Martin, made an appearance at an Orlando gun show over the weekend, smiling and signing autographs for visitors. Only in Florida… and perhaps some other trashy southern states.

Last month George Zimmerman complained in an interview about all the media attention he’s been getting post-trial and expressed his desire to have a normal spotlight-free life. Zimmerman AutographSo naturally Zimmerman agreed to be the featured guest at a central Florida gun show where he autographed photographs of him posing with his dog for fellow gun lovers/black teenager haters. I guess he had a lot of time on his hands after his celebrity boxing match was cancelled.

The poster boy for Florida’s Stand Your Ground law spent six hours on Saturday signing autographs and snapping photos with fans. And by fans, I mean the fewer than 20 people who lined up to see the man famous for killing an unarmed black teenager.

Zimmerman previously said that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and wears a bullet-proof vest because he fears for his life when out in public. So logically making a controversial appearance in a room full of guns seemed like a good idea to the Florida man. But Zimmerman doesn’t think his appearance at a gun show should be viewed as antagonistic.

“I don’t worry about people that say it’s antagonistic,” he said. “To be honest with you, like I said, the importance was to support the people that supported me.”

“I’m willing to talk to everyone and try and answer their concerns or questions, and [have] them realize there’s no need to be angry,” he said.

The appearance was controversial enough to nearly derail the show. The New Orlando Gun Show was originally supposed to be held at a larger venue, but the location’s managers canceled at the last minute after the backlash over Zimmerman’s planned appearance.

“They told us they canceled for community pressure,” organizer Mike Piwowarski said. “They were getting phone calls and backlash, and didn’t want that kind of person there.”

Well the good news is that at least one person in Florida has an ounce of common sense. That’s one more than I thought!

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