anne mikolay 2012 120

anne mikolay 2012 120The lack of common sense and sensitivity in our society baffles me.

This week, the world’s most infamous neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, attempted to auction the firearm used in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17 year old Trayvon Martin to the highest bidder on Interested parties drove the auction up to more than $65 million dollars; a single bidder placed a bid of $65,039,000 before the auction site suspended the listing. Think about that! $65,039,000! That’s more money than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes. This bidder certainly has money to burn…and he sits on his brains. Why on earth would anyone with a modicum of sensitivity wish to insert himself into the Zimmerman/Martin controversy?

In his auction listing, Zimmerman referred to the weapon recently returned to him as “an American firearm icon”, a telling remark to be sure. An icon is a person or thing greatly admired for its symbolic meaning; does George Zimmerman believe himself admired? More importantly, what sort of lofty meaning does he imagine Americans have attached to his gun? Surely he must realize Americans with a moral compass would be loath to touch the weapon that cut down young Trayvon Martin. Then again, those with scruples were not Zimmerman’s target market.

Some people consider Zimmerman to be a sociopath; others have referred to him as paranoid, anxious, delusional, violent. I’m going to call him what he is: stupid. His murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida stirred intense media scrutiny and racial tension. Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder and manslaughter charges drew understandable national outrage. Any man in his right mind acquitted of murder in such a controversial case would thank the good Lord for His mercy and quietly live out the remainder of his days far from society’s scrutiny. Apparently, George Zimmerman is not that kind of man.

In 2013, George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend. In May, 2015, Zimmerman was shot during a dispute with a motorist. Does trouble follow George Zimmerman, or does he create his own drama? Whatever the answer is, the Zimmerman gun auction is not the man’s first attempt at capitalizing financially on his notoriety. In 2013, Zimmerman, an amateur artist, listed his painting of an American flag on ebay along with a promise to personally deliver the canvas to the winner. 96 bids later, a misguided soul took possession of the painting for $100,099.99.

An altruistic individual could accomplish a great deal with $100,099…or $65 million. I can’t even wrap my mind around that kind of money, yet some troubled man was willing to throw such hefty cash away in order to own the handgun that fired the bullet that killed Trayvon Martin. Why on earth would someone want to own such a weapon? What happened to integrity? Where’s the sensitivity toward Trayvon Martin’s family? Where’s the common sense? George Zimmerman’s gun is not an “American firearm icon” or a piece of history, as Zimmerman claimed in his defunct auction. It’s a disgusting symbol of violence and injustice, and auctioning off the handgun is just another cheap shot.


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Anne Mikolay

Anne Mikolay

Anne M. Mikolay joined The Atlantic Highlands Herald as a columnist in 2008. Prior to penning “The Armchair Critic,” Anne wrote feature articles for The Monmouth Journal. Her work has appeared in national...