‘Trayvon Martin’ gun range targets sold out in two days

'Trayvon Martin' gun range target (WKMG)

This makes me ill…

Think Progress

A person selling gun range targets modeled after slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin says that their “main motivation was to make money off the controversy.”

WKMG’s Mike DeForest reported on Friday that the unidentified seller told him that the targets “sold out in 2 days.”

“The response is overwhelming,” the seller said.

While the item appears to have been removed from GunBroker.com, a cached version of the page was still available at the time of publication.

Photos of the item, which was titled “10 Pack Trayvon Martin Targets,” showed crosshairs over a hoodie similar to the one Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February. The figure has a bag of Skittles in his pocket and is holding what appears to be a can of iced tea, similar to what Martin had purchased before being gunned down. The pack of 10 targets was being sold for $8.

“Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin,” a description on the targets reads. “Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12″x18″ ( The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets.”

The seller’s ID was listed as “hillerarmco” from Virginia Beach, Virginia. A website by the same name is registered to Hiller Armament Company in Virginia Beach, but the associated phone number had been disconnected.

Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara told WKMG that this type of “hatred” just makes his client’s defense even more problematic.

“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.”

“I hope there is a crime that we can charge that person who made that with,” he added. “I’m not sure what it is, but we need to come up with one because that’s disgusting.”

Watch this video fro WKMG, broadcast Mat 11, 2012.

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6 responses to “‘Trayvon Martin’ gun range targets sold out in two days

  1. Dear Lord!

    Even if they’re right and that Martin was a thug … you know, he was armed with Skittles, after all … this is sick.

    Then again, I guess these are the same kind of people who think it’s okay to raffle off the same type of gun used to shoot Rep. Giffords in order to raise funds for her political opponent.

    I really shouldn’t be surprised by the degenerate nature of extremists, but they always manage to shock me.

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    • I really shouldn’t be surprised by the degenerate nature of extremists, but they always manage to shock me.

      I know WK. I’ve been around for 65 years and should be used to it…it’s just that deep down inside, my soul rejects that sort of behavior.

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  2. This is highly disturbing, … sickening … progressive African Americans and Hispanics must band together now. There needs to be a huge coalition of progressive African American and progressive Hispanic organizations now.

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  3. Mark

    Time to unify. How much do we take until enough is enough. All the good people of the world need to come together.

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    • I agree … but a lot of folks are afraid to speak out. They look at people getting arrested at Occupy rallies, and they cower. Those in power know how to intimidate the masses.

      Are we going to end up like the peaceful protesters in Egypt, ….getting jailed, maimed/wounded or killed? That thought probably crosses a lot of folks minds whenever they feel they must protest. I know it crosses my mind.

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  4. This is truly sick.

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