“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” Proverbs 15:18.
This post has been brewing for a while now. Every time I sat down to write it, I ended up in tears. They didn’t flow with grief or sorrow, only salted wrath. I am usually slow to anger. But recently, a relic of past controversy reappeared to stirreth up more strife. Words cannot describe the horror I felt when this headline ripped the scabs off raw wounds:
People have condemned this brazen act of nose-thumbing, as they rightly should. But in the process, some dismissed it as tacky, crude, or “in poor taste.” I need to make this crystal clear. Poor taste is lime green dresses for the bridesmaids. Poor taste is belching when the preacher says, “let us pray.” This was more like O.J. Simpson writing a book about his wife’s murder after being dubiously acquitted of the crime. And I gotta be honest. It made me red hot pissed. It also made me partly regret that I ever invited rifts with friends and family members to actually defend the actions of this twisted crank.
Hey, you! Yes, you, Mr. Neighborhood Watchman! You think pulling that piece-of-crap Kel-Tec out of your limp, one-size-fits-none holster makes the gun suddenly worth thousands of dollars? You call that an “an American firearm icon”? Are you proud of the fact that you ignored about forty-eight perfectly feasible off-ramps before foolishly wading into an avoidable deadly force situation? You think playing who’s-the-bigger-bad-ass with a 17-year-old makes you a “piece of American history”?
Supposedly, some of the profits from your auction are pegged to “fight violence against law enforcement,” to combat “increasing anti-gun rhetoric,” or to otherwise “fund conservative causes.” I’ll believe that when I see it. Until then, I guess I will continue to hold my nose and affirm your rights — both to private enterprise and to self-defense (while simultaneously ranking you a few notches below navel lint and that white film that collects in the corners of thirsty people’s mouths).
One national news anchor dismissively asked, “Why on earth would he be selling the gun that he used to murder Trayvon?” Legally speaking, that question has a false premise, as this was not an act of murder. But still, when I see you obliviously iconizing your fatally flawed decisions while your reputation now lies in tatters, I am reminded of the ironic inscription, “Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Well, now that these few sentiments have spilled onto the page, I refuse to despair over you any longer. Other than hoping your reign is short-lived as the gun community’s problematic poster child, I have big plans to expel you from my conscious thoughts for all eternity, as you have shriveled into a space even smaller than the synaptic clefts of my brain. Regardless of what you might rake in for this sadistic sale, you, sir, are but a colossal Wreck, boundless and bare. And I’m over it. Or at least I’m trying my best to get there.
15 comments on “Ozymandias”
I hope whoever bought it does the same. The gun has the mark of Cain on it.
Yup, he’s warmed over turd. Did anyone actually buy it? I never heard the outcome. I just know I wouldn’t bid on it.
I *think* someone did. ?
Zimmerman’s use of force was clearly self defense. That said, I wish he’d have taken the pistol in to the middle of a large forest, dug a very deep hole and buried it. Failing that, I hope whoever bought it does the same. The gun has the mark of Cain on it.
Agreed on all points.
spring breeze,this was a tragedy with many sides… all bad. it is an example of the media taking a bad situation, feeding info piecemeal to the public, and ginning up frenzy to sell papers and news time. i, for one am not sorry mr. zimmerman finds it necessary to sell his posessions to pay his bills. it is a consequence of his own bad decisions that day.
Couldn’t agree more…
Wow, it sounds like it wasn’t the first time he tried to make money off of Treyvons death. I can’t believe he actually set up a fundraiser only to have his wife spend tens of thousands of dollars.
He and his wife, sorry!
Oh, you mean from a while ago! Got it. I’m with ya now. (I was confused at first because I’m pretty sure he’s no longer married now.) Sorry, my brain is fried! 🙂
If you want to buy one of my guns for 300 times what it is worth, I’ll sell under almost any circumstances. (Only exception I can think of is that I’m likely to need it before I can get another) It is only slightly tacky on Zimmerman’s part–I’d be that tacky for a lot less money. It is extremely tacky on the part of whoever bought it.
(and I feel tacky defending Zimmerman at all…)
I hear ya. I’ll support anyone’s right to do as they please with their own private property. I personally couldn’t do it.
Look at the bright side Counselor. Look at all the useful object lessons he gives us in doing our deadly force presentations! A bad example scares our students more and leaves more of a lasting impression than one that is good.
I suppose. Still just makes me feel all icky. :-/
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