This is a little difficult to wrap your mind around, the gun that was used by George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin and looks like what is referred to as a “Saturday night special” is reputed to have been sold at auction for a quarter of a million dollars.
Incredible to me that Zimmerman even thought to auction this weapon much less that a market existed.
That kind of led me to scout around the net a little and it didn’t take long to discover there are what amount to fan clubs, sites dedicated to people like Charles Manson, Zimmerman, and others.
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by that as apparently murderers attract “fans”, though I imagine they prefer to be referred to as supporters.
Leonard Peltier has such a fan base, as do others convicted of murder.
The justice system in this country is far from perfect – innocent men and women have been imprisoned and I have no doubt the same is true now.
Organizations like The Innocence Project have demonstrated that – but for every truly innocent person wrongly convicted and incarcerated there are hundreds if not thousands of the guilty claiming to be innocent as in the case of Leonard Peltier.
Every innocent person who is freed is seen as an opportunity by the guilty to assert their innocence and will on some level among the population add a measure of credibility to such a claim.
It is a horrific circumstance for an innocent person to be wrongly convicted, and in a country that prides itself on “the rule of law” entirely unforgivable.
Yet it is no less unforgivable or horrific for the victims and survivors of victims – in the midst of calls for justice such victims and survivors should not be overlooked or become of secondary importance.
There are people who could give a damn if an indigenous person or a black person is murdered, they could give a damn if a cop dies, and yet murder is murder – death doesn’t play favorites and will come to all whether as a natural occurrence or an unnatural one, and the sense of loss and grief will not divide itself along ethnic lines.
Nations will celebrate when someone like Bin Laden is taken down, or terrorists and infamous serial killers and to do so is entirely understandable to me – but to “celebrate” a cold blooded murderer while attempting to promote them as anything other than what they are is also unforgivable.
Neither Peltier or Zimmerman are worthy of being celebrated.