George Zimmerman continues to find his way into the national conversation with yet another questionable and ill-advised move. This time, the beleaguered former volunteer night watchman appeared in a Florida gun show over the weekend as its special guest of honor.
Zimmerman, who complained of wanting normalcy after being acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, didn’t heed his words after appearing at the New Orlando Gun Show at the Arms Room store last Saturday. Zimmerman’s appearance at the gun show was supposed to be a much larger affair but was moved to the smaller Arms Room venue after protests ensued.
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Zimmerman greeted people and autographed photos of him posing with his dog. He appeared at a scaled-down version of the New Orlando Gun Show at the Arms Room store on East Colonial Drive.
The show was originally set to be held at the Majestic on John Young Parkway, but organizers said the venue canceled late Thursday after getting negative feedback about Zimmerman’s planned appearance.
“They told us they canceled for community pressure,” said Mike Piwowarski, a show organizer. “They were getting phone calls and backlash, and didn’t want that kind of person there.”
Piwowarski added that he intends to sue the Majestic venue after losing $300,000 in gun sales due to his estimates. The New York Daily News also covered the story, speaking with a person in attendance at the gun show who described Zimmerman’s mannerisms.
“He seemed nervous and actually a little scared to be there. He also appeared emotional, like he was really thankful and touched that people would come out to see him,” said the attendee.
To make the event even more bizarre, Samantha Scheibe, Zimmerman’s girlfriend, also appeared at the event with him. As some will recall, Zimmerman allegedly pointed a firearm at Scheibe during an argument last year.
The struggle for Zimmerman charges on.