Trayvon Martin Gun Range Targets Sell Out in 2 Days
A gun range target modeled after slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin has sold out in two days, the unidentified seller of the product told an Orlando TV station.
According to WKMG, the target, which does not have a face but is a silhouette of a hooded sweatshirt with a pack of Skittles candy in its pocket and holding a can of iced tea, is supposed to represent Martin. On an ad for the targets that was posted on a gun auction site, the sellers of the target said they “support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug.”
George Zimmerman is the Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black male who was visiting his father in a gated community on February 26. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
Martin was carrying Skittles and a can of iced tea at the time he was killed.
WKMG was able to contact the seller of the targets, who admitted that his “main motivation was to make money off the controversy.”
While not saying exactly how many of the targets he’d made or sold, an email to the station claimed that “the response is overwhelming. I sold out in 2 days.”
The seller first told a WKMG reporter that the targets were still for sale, but when he was informed who was asking, he said they were no longer available.
An ad for the targets has since been removed from the internet.
Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara expressed his disgust that such a product would be sold.
“This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility,” he told WKMG, adding that he wondered how Martin’s parents would be affected by this.