Flag paintings by Trayvon Martin’s shooter are on sale in anti-Muslim shop
A FLORIDA gun shop that refuses to serve Muslims is selling signed prints of a Confederate flag painted by the killer of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman painted his version of the symbol of slavery as a tribute to Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan “for being a true patriot and leading the country into a better, safer America.”
The prints are being sold at the discount price of $50 (£32) on the shop’s website, accompanied by a paranoid “mini-documentary” video dated Monday entitled Cultural Cleansing & Bias Media = Time for Change! featuring reactionaries such as rocker Ted Nugent.
The signed canvas crudely depicts the Confederate battle flag with the slogan “the second defends our first,” implying that the constitutional second amendment right to bear arms is the only protection of the first amendment right to freedom of speech.
The killer explains: “The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by Cair,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“The second flag I painted was the battle flag, which we need in America in order to protect the first.”
The website claims: “You cannot have the first amendment without the second, and you cannot have the American flag if you remove the battle flag,” in apparent ignorance of the fact that the present US flag pre-dates the Confederate banner by 84 years.
The website screams: “The media is calling you racist. Why are they calling you racist if you’re not?” claiming that the flag is only used by “a small amount (sic) of people to incite racism.”
A previous daub by Mr Zimmerman of the US flag sold on eBay for $100,000 (£64,000).
The armed vigilante was controversially acquitted in 2013 of the murder of Mr Martin, who was carrying nothing but a soft drink and a bag of sweets when he was shot the previous year.
The trial of Glendon Crawford, accused of trying to build a mobile X-ray gun to kill worshippers at a mosque in New York state, began on Monday. Mr Crawford’s lawyer argued that his client should be acquitted because the device was useless.