Target: Jim Irvine, President of the Buckeye Firearms Association
Goal: Condemn the Buckeye Firearms Association for raising money to rearm George Zimmerman
Recently, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, a young African-American youth. Due to the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, Zimmerman was acquitted on grounds of self defense. All evidence of the trial is being held by the Justice Department, including Zimmerman’s firearm. Now, an Ohio pro-gun group, Buckeye Firearms Association, has started a fundraiser called “The Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund,” which aims to gather donations in an effort to purchase Zimmerman a new firearm and other equipment.
The group, which claims that Zimmerman has no income, wants to re-arm him. Any funds left over will be used to re-arm other citizens who have had their firearms confiscated. Jim Irvine stated that “This is about more than mere principle. Zimmerman and his family now face daily threats on their lives… More than ever, he has a right to defend himself against those who would seek to do him harm.” This is blatant racism: attempting to re-arm Zimmerman equates to outright support of his crime. His firearm was confiscated for a reason, and his gun license should be as well.
Sign this petition to condemn the Buckeye Firearms Association, and let them know how heinous their actions really are. With enough public outrage, hopefully the Buckeye Firearms Association will realize how their fundraiser will only serve to promote further violence.
Dear Jim Irvine,
Following the outcome of the Zimmerman trial and the subsequent seizure of his firearm, your organization has started a fundraiser in an attempt to re-arm Zimmerman. The “Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund” is not an attempt to preserve constitutional rights, it is a statement supporting the slaying of a young man. Your fundraiser only serves to promote violence. The fact that you are attempting to re-arm citizens who have had their firearms confiscated further proves your inconsideration of their actions: their firearms were confiscated for a reason. Allowing them further access to guns will only promote more of the violence that they have already displayed.
I urge you to stop this fundraiser. Your attempts to provide Zimmerman with another firearm cast a horrible light on your organization. This fundraiser shows your support for the slaying of a young man, even after law enforcement urged Zimmerman to stop pursuit. Supporting the right to bear arms does not equate with supporting Zimmerman’s actions.
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