In the “what the hell could he possibly be thinking” news department, George Zimmerman decided that he should tour the Kel-Tec Weapons facility in Cocoa, Florida to inquire about their production of a new lightweight “barely legal” shotgun. The Kel-Tec Shotgun, which can be seen here, is described as being “as compact as legally possible.” Nice to know these gun manufacturers know their boundaries and push them right to the edge without shame. The below is pulled directly from their website, and I have to say they seem very proud of their creation:
The KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun) is Kel-Tec CNC’s first entry into the shotgun market. The size, shape, and design is similar to the currently available Kel-Tec RFB rifle, but the KSG ejects downward, instead of forward. The KSG weighs 6.9 lbs. and is as compact as legally possible with a 26.1” overall length and an 18.5” cylinder bore barrel. Even with this compact size, the internal dual tube magazines hold an impressive 12 rounds of 12 gauge 3” rounds in total (6 per tube). It can also reliably shoot shells as short as 1 3/4″ up to the 3″.
The gun lists for an MSRP of $1,197.00 and looks like something right out of Duke Nukem. It’s not going to be a secret why your average red-blooded American male with a macho psychological disorder wouldn’t want one of these things. For the rest of us, common sense will prevail and we realize that this type of weaponry has no place in the hands of average citizens, let alone any real use or need to even be created. Though the aforementioned gun nuts of this country will surely unite en masse in defense of this latest invention.
As for what George Zimmerman’s need for being there was, one could only speculate; and while I am sure it’s not that uncommon for civilians to tour gun plants, it definitely begs the question of what his mental state must be, considering he was just acquitted of murdering a teenage boy who stared straight down the barrel of a Kel-Tec 9MM before he took his last breath. I don’t care what his purpose for being there was — motivation aside, it’s probably the most insensitive thing he could have thought to do.
He also made sure he had the time to pose for a smiling photo with a plant employee, which was leaked to TMZ and can be seen here.
Zimmerman attorney spokesman Shawn Vincent told Yahoo News, “We certainly would not have advised him to go to the factory that made the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin through the heart, that was not part of our public relations plan.” Really, you think so Mr. Vincent? Who would have thought that might not be the best thing to think of doing?
While there were certainly no laws broken with his visit to Kel-Tec, there are definitely some asshattery records that were shattered with this move. Zimmerman’s brother Robert, who has been a very vocal and staunch supporter of his throughout this case and the aftermath surrounding it, deemed the visit a “non-story” and continued with “grown men buy guns or shop for guns or visit gun manufacturers every day.” That may be true, but not every grown man visits the manufacturer of the gun he used to slay an innocent teen a mere six weeks after being acquitted of the crime, as if to spit in the face of everyone who is still reeling from the loss of their loved one and the many still upset at the ridiculous verdict.
As if that wasn’t enough to make you want to vomit, while Zimmerman was touring Kel-Tec, his lawyers were reportedly preparing a motion to ask the state to foot the final bill for Zimmerman’s trial expenses. You see, when district attorneys bring charges against someone and fail to make their case, should the accused be acquitted, the state is then responsible for all legal costs incurred. That includes travel expenses, defense expert witnesses/attorney fees and any other costs that are trial related. Not only is he a free man, but now the taxpayers owe him and his lawyers some money. That’s justice, right?
The Orlando Sentinel reports that when asked, Mr. Vincent said the numbers are still being put together by the office, but early estimates are in the neighborhood of $200,000 to $300,000 and that the motion was “in the works.” Couple that with the previously reported $902,000 the trial has already cost the public and you’ve got even more of a reason to be disgusted at the verdict. A reported $425,000 of that went to Seminole County Sheriffs Office while another $183,000 went to the city of Sanford for overtime hours worked by their police force. The jury costs came in at roughly $34,000.
Now it looks as if the state of Florida is set to pony up some more cash for Mr. Zimmerman. Of course, he also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through donations on his ridiculous “defense fund” website, but none of that is going toward these final costs.
It’s clear that he has absolutely no remorse for what has happened and couldn’t care less about his actions going forward. My only recommendation is that if you live within a 10 mile radius of wherever this sad, pathetic excuse for a human being is living, make sure you know how to properly protect yourself and your family.
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