Last Saturday, George Zimmerman showed up at an Orlando, Florida gun show to sign autographs. The killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin greeted people and signed autographed photos of him posing with his dog.
The New Orlando Gun Show was held at the Arms Room store, but was originally scheduled to be held at the Majestic on John Young Parkway. When people heard about Zimmerman’s appearance, however, the feedback was overwhelmingly negative.
The organizers of the show said the venue canceled late Thursday after Zimmerman’s planned appearance sparked community outrage.
“They told us they canceled for community pressure,” Mike Piwowarski, a gun show organizer and dealer, said. “They were getting phone calls and backlash, and didn’t want that kind of person there.”
Piwowarski said said that he is suing the gun show for estimated $300,000 in lost gun sales, due to the insistence on having Zimmerman appear. This insistence made for a tiny turn out, and thus huge losses in sales to those who paid for tables at the show.
Lines to meet Zimmerman were tiny throughout the duration of the show. It seems that amongst gun owners, there aren’t as many people who support George as would like the public to believe.
Zimmerman offered to return the favor and support Piwowarski’s gun business, which led to today’s appearance, he said.
(Article by M.B. David)