Florida “Entrepreneur” Sells Out of Gun Range Targets Meant to Resemble Trayvon Martin

A Florida man sold out of gun range targets featuring a faceless, hoodie wearing figure holding an iced tea and a bag of Skittles obviously meant to represent Trayvon Martin.

“The response is overwhelming,” the seller told Orlando’s WKMG news team over e-mail. “I sold out in two days.” The station did not identify the seller, and said the ad was on a popular firearms auctioning website.

Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot and killed by self appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman as he returned to his father’s girlfriend’s house from a convenience store. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles, a can of iced tea, and his wallet. The shooting, and the local police’s handling of it, have sparked national protests as well reignited the conversations revolving around racial profiling and gun laws.

The seller said that that his “main motivation was to make money off the controversy.”  and that he was a supporter of Zimmerman, who he thinks “is innocent and that he shot a thug.”

Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, told the news station that he felt the targets were offensive. “This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility,” O’Mara said. “It’s this type of hatred — that’s what this is, it’s hate-mongering — that’s going to make it more difficult to try this case.”


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