George Zimmerman wants his gun back.
And he’ll get it.
When asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan whether Zimmerman will keep the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin, Robert Zimmerman Jr., said: “I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t.”
As President Barack Obama appeals for calm, and as black Americans across the country continue to protest Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman is asking authorities to return the gun he used to shoot Martin so he can defend himself if necessary.
So is Zimmerman actually prepared to shoot someone else?
“I think he has more reason now than ever to think that people are trying to kill him because they express they’re trying to kill him, all the time, every day, on my Twitter feed, on the Internet,” said Robert Zimmerman, George’s brother.
The last thing this nation needs is Zimmerman packing a gun and perhaps trying to reclaim his self-described role as a neighborhood watch captain. The notion is unthinkable, yet it could happen very soon. Zimmerman was found not guilty and therefore he is entitled to retrieve the property that was confiscated by police during his arrest – which also includes his gun.
Zimmerman does have a choice: He could buy a new gun — or not carry a weapon at all.
“We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis,” Obama said in a statement. “We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
The nation is polarized, as Obama acknowledged, and returning the gun Zimmerman used to shoot Trayvon Martin sends the wrong message to America and in no way honors the 17-year-old who Zimmerman claims he shot in self-defense. Yet, it’s legal.
But now, Zimmerman is on the defensive. He sometimes wears body armor, according to his attorney, and he fears for his life.
“He has to be very cautious and protective of his safety because there is still a fringe element who have said … that they will not listen to a verdict of not guilty,” said Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer.
Friends say Zimmerman may also attend law school to represent other people who have been arrested for shooting someone in self-defense.
“I’d like to help other people like me,” Leanne Benjamin, a friend of Zimmerman’s, quoted him as telling her.