Following his acquittal, it is entirely possible that George Zimmerman became the new record holder for most death threats received per hour. Guinness didn’t immediately return our calls on that one, but we’ll let you know if and when. Anyway, since the release of Zimmerman’s PF-9 is currently being held up by the Justice Department, there’s a real concern that Zimmerman doesn’t have a replacement carry gun to defend himself from the legion who claim they’d like nothing more than revenge for Trayvon Martin. Now, though, not only is Zimmerman being threatened, but so are those who have offered to replace his missing heater . . .
Pat Johnson, a Florida gun shop owner, had offered to outfit Zimmerman’s with a new carry piece. After news of his proffer became public, those who are already calling for Zimmerman’s head on a pike started making the same threats against the helpful gun dealer. From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:
“I don’t really know how credible the threats are,” Johnson said. “The cowards are just leaving messages on my answering machine.”
There’s some delicious irony going on here.
Gun control was originally introduced as part of the Jim Crow laws following the end of the Civil War. They discriminated against Southern blacks and made sure that they were unarmed when the lynch mobs showed up to hang them from the nearest tree. That’s where we first saw things like concealed carry licenses and ownership permits coming into vogue, as a way of keeping the subjects of racial discrimination unarmed so that they made easier targets.
Naturally, this whole push for gun control was spearheaded by the KKK. Today we have groups like the Violence Policy Center and the Brady Campaign to continue their work.
Now, those calling for Zimmerman’s blood want him similarly disarmed for their convenience. They don’t want their victim to be able to defend himself if and when they come a-calling. Nevermind that justice has already been more than satisfied by the courts system, they want some payback. And they want Zimmerman to be a defenseless victim for their mobs, even if they have to kill a harmless gun shop owner who never harmed a fly to make sure their victim is defenseless.