Celebrities blasted George Zimmerman on social media over reports that the former neighborhood-watch volunteer is auctioning the gun he used shoot dead unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin.
The seller of the pistol— which is listed under the name ‘George M. Zimmerman’ on a firearms website— touts the gun as “a piece of American history” that was used against Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
Piers Morgan and The Fault in Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort conveyed their disgust about the listing on Twitter.
According to AP, The Trayvon Martin Foundation said that they had no comments on Zimmerman’s actions: “The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” read a statement reports AP. “This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person.”
The Ellen Show executive producer Andy Lassner opined that Donald Trump may have chosen his running mate, while another user on Twitter despaired about the state of the world.
The killing, which Zimmerman was later acquitted for, sparked protests, and a national debate about race and violence.
Speaking to WOFL Fox 35, Zimmerman said that “it’s time to move past” the gun. “And if I sell it and it sells, I move past it. Otherwise, it’s going in a safe for my grandkids and never to be used or seen again.”