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Seller Offers Gun Range Targets Meant to Resemble Trayvon Martin - sells out in two days

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 Seller Offers Gun Range Targets Meant to Resemble Trayvon Martin

The Huffington Post | By Posted: 05/11/2012 2:12 pm Updated: 05/11/2012 5:21 pm

 
Trayvon Target

This post has been updated to include additional information about the seller of the paper targets.

A Florida entrepreneur said he had sold out of gun range targets depicting a faceless, hood-clad figure holding an iced tea and a bag of Skittles meant to look like Trayvon Martin.

"The response is overwhelming," the seller told Orlando's WKMG news team over e-mail. "I sold out in two days." The station did not identify the seller, and said it found the ad on a popular firearms auctioning website.

A cached version of the GunBroker.com webpage belonging to a seller named "hillerarmco" from Virginia Beach, Va., shows the paper targets being sold in packs of 10 for $8.

The description of the product reads:

Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12"x18" ( The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets.

A Twitter account with the same name has been discontinued. A Google search on "hillerarmco" shows a company called the Hiller Armament Company. The domain for Hillerarmco.com is no longer active.

Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer as he returned to his father's girlfriend's house after a trip to the convenience store. Martin was unarmed, but was carrying a bag of Skittles, a can of iced tea, and his wallet after he was shot by George Zimmerman, the watch volunteer. The shooting, and the local police's handling of it, have become major news stories and sparked national conversations around racial profiling and gun laws.

In the aftermath of the shooting, protesters calling for Zimmerman's arrest donned hoodies and waved Skittles at protests around the country.

According to WKMG, the seller said that that the "main motivation was to make money off the controversy." The seller said that he was a supporter of Zimmerman who thinks "he is innocent and that he shot a thug."

Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, told the news station that he felt the targets were offensive. "This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility," O'Mara said. "It's this type of hatred -- that's what this is, it's hate-mongering -- that's going to make it more difficult to try this case."

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by on May. 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM
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Della529
by Matlock on May. 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

 This is the lowest of the low.  Eveb the defense attorney agrees.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM

How am I changing the subject? I'm commenting/asking about your reply. "Busted"? This is the internet, not real life. I'm surprised to hear you say you support Zimmerman. I think he's a nut-job. Real targets are printed on paper heavier than poster paper, and one that depicts a human form is larger than 12 x 18. And they are sold in bulk.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

So you get busted for not reading and you change the subject

The seller himself said he wanted to profit from the tragedy

He puts in the description of the product that Zimmerman was justified in killing that "thug" ...

Please...

Quoting EireLass:

Have you ever bought targets?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Did you not read? The description of the product Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12"x18" ( The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets.
Quoting EireLass:

It's only a sweatshirt.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

That's good.

Quoting shannonnigans:

Truthfully, I'd be reluctantly ok with it.  I'd still think the seller is rather disturbed for thinking this is funny no matter what side he came down on, but I'd have to say that would be sufficiently generic as to not be completely over the top.  But the ice tea and the skittles - no, sorry, I can't handle that.  I think of the parents of Trayvon Martin sobbing, and this guy laughing and profiting to boot, and I want to throw up in my mouth.  And no BS whatsoever, that would be the case REGARDLESS of who I felt was responsible.  I just can't ever get behind the idea of laughing at the notion of killing someone.  I hope I never will.  

Quoting EireLass:

What would you think if it had hands in pockets with the impression of a weapon?

Quoting shannonnigans:

Read closer..... the target is "holding" an iced tea and a bag of skittles. 

Quoting EireLass:

It's only a sweatshirt.


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on May. 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I don't support Zimmerman

That's what the description of the targets said

Did you read at all?


You seem confused...read, then watch the link

Seriously, you are way off


Quoting EireLass:

How am I changing the subject? I'm commenting/asking about your reply. "Busted"? This is the internet, not real life. I'm surprised to hear you say you support Zimmerman. I think he's a nut-job. Real targets are printed on paper heavier than poster paper, and one that depicts a human form is larger than 12 x 18. And they are sold in bulk.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

So you get busted for not reading and you change the subject



The seller himself said he wanted to profit from the tragedy



He puts in the description of the product that Zimmerman was justified in killing that "thug" ...



Please...


Quoting EireLass:

Have you ever bought targets?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Did you not read? The description of the product Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12"x18" ( The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets.

Quoting EireLass:

It's only a sweatshirt.


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EireLass
by Ruby Member on May. 12, 2012 at 12:13 AM

You commented on my reply. I commented on yours. That's how this goes. What are you new here?

I'm not confused. Everyone has the right to open a business and make money. Not everyone has to agree with the business, and those that don't, just don't do business with that company, no big deal. Obviously it was popular if he sold it all in 2 days.

I have about 125 targets here. You'd probably object to those. Big deal.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I don't support Zimmerman

That's what the description of the targets said

Did you read at all?

You seem confused...read, then watch the link

Seriously, you are way off

Quoting EireLass:

How am I changing the subject? I'm commenting/asking about your reply. "Busted"? This is the internet, not real life. I'm surprised to hear you say you support Zimmerman. I think he's a nut-job. Real targets are printed on paper heavier than poster paper, and one that depicts a human form is larger than 12 x 18. And they are sold in bulk.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

So you get busted for not reading and you change the subject The seller himself said he wanted to profit from the tragedy He puts in the description of the product that Zimmerman was justified in killing that "thug" ... Please...
Quoting EireLass:

Have you ever bought targets?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Did you not read? The description of the product Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12"x18" ( The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets.
Quoting EireLass:

It's only a sweatshirt.


Arroree
by Ruby Member on May. 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM


Quoting muslimahpj:

Disgusting.

Agreed :(

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on May. 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Oh god. Really?

TCgirlatheart
by TC on May. 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Disgusting.
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on May. 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM

People who claim there is no racism in America should read this story. 

There is obviously a lot of rage against minorities for some reason in the type of people who would buy this product.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on May. 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM


Quoting EireLass:

It's only a sweatshirt.

REALLY?



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A Florida entrepreneur said he had sold out of gun range targets depicting a faceless, hood-clad figure holding an iced tea and a bag of Skittles meant to look like Trayvon Martin.

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