This is the challenge: Can reality provide us a more perfect headline than that brought to us by Hilary Hanson and Huffington Post?
‘Muslim-Free’ Gun Store Now Selling George Zimmerman’s Confederate Flag Paintings
Yes … that really is the headline. And here’s the thing: It is apt. Apt, I tell you!
George Zimmerman, who rose to national notoriety in 2012 after shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, is now selling prints of a Confederate flag painting, in part to benefit a Florida gun store owner who is facing a lawsuit after declaring his business “Muslim-free.”
The prints — copies of an original work hand-painted by Zimmerman — are available for about $50 each at Florida Gun Supply in the city of Inverness. Andy Hallinan, the store’s owner, declared his store a “Muslim-free” zone in a July YouTube video, on the grounds that he did not want to “arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations subsequently filed a lawsuit against Hallinan, WFLA reports.
Zimmerman had initially set out to paint an American flag, but after hearing about that lawsuit, he “decided to scrap the original American Flag painting and repaint it with a Confederate (Battle) Flag,” according to an FAQ section about the painting on the Florida Gun Supply site.
This is the sort of sickness that you just can’t make up.
Hansen, Hilary. “‘Muslim-Free’ Gun Store Now Selling George Zimmerman’s Confederate Flag Paintings”. The Huffington Post. 18 August 2015.