George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed teen Trayvon Martin in 2013, but was acquitted of criminal charges, is selling his Confederate flag art to raise money for the defense fund of the owner of Florida Gun Supply. The store's owner says his place of business is a “Muslim-free zone” (video below).
Zimmerman is selling numbered prints of the controversial flag, which include the words: “The 2nd / protects / our / 1st,” reports The Washington Times.
Andy Hallinan, who owns Florida Gun Supply, announced his store was a “Muslim-free zone” after the fatal shootings of four U.S. servicemen at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16 by a Kuwait-born U.S. citizen.
Hallinan is being sued by the Council on American Islamic Relations for his "Muslim-free" policy, which CAIR claims violates federal laws regarding discrimination, noted Newsweek.
In a video posted by TMZ, Zimmerman tells Hallinan:
"I was painting the American flag and the caption, "The 2nd protects the first" has a double entendre. I was painting American flag when I heard of you getting sued by CAIR. And I decided that I would do for you what the American people did for me, and truthfully if it wasn't for all the great patriotic people we have in this nation that donated to my legal defense fund, we could not have kept up the fight the way we needed to. We did not have the money for the hard costs that it took to defend me. And I didn't want to see you give up the fight simply for financial reasons."
“A percentage of the proceeds will also go directly to the Boys and Girls Club to help support the next generation,” Hallinan added, reports The Washington Times.
Customers who buy the prints will be placed in a drawing to win Zimmerman's original painting of the flag.