Would you buy a Trayvon Martin gun range target? It appears that many people are buying them online, in particular off of a particular ammo and gun auction website. People in Florida are outraged for the most part, but the lawyer representing George Zimmerman appears to be as appalled as if it were his own son being memed as a target device for bigoted rednecks to shoot.
Mark O'Mara was shown one of the gun range targets that depicted a dark hoodie without a face. Even though it doesn't specifically show the face of slain child Trayvon Martin, the hoodie on the target is holding a package of Skittles and a can of tea. These were the items Trayvon had just purchased before George Zimmerman shot him dead. It's 100% obvious who these targets are depicting and they are even marketed and sold with his name in the product description. The person who sells them claims that George Zimmerman is innocent because he "killed a thug."
Mark O'Mara is disgusted by this. Not only will this make it harder for him to defend his client, with all the public outrage his case has already attracted, but he also worries for the parents and other loved ones of the slain child.
"This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility," said O'Mara. "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."
O'Mara is absolutely right, and if you watch the linked video you can see the true hurt the man appeared to feel for the family of Trayvon Martin when he first laid eyes on the target, and when he spoke to reporters. It's apparent that O'Mara is a good man who is only doing his job as a defense attorney. Hopefully his defense of George Zimmerman, self-appointed neighborhood watch/gunman, doesn't mar his reputation. Certainly Jose Baez was a halfway decent attorney until Casey Anthony blew into his life. Now he's rich, infamous even, but he's certainly not respected by most in this country for his unabashed lack of ethics when defending his client. He didn't apparently care whether tot mom was innocent or not. He just wanted to win.
Mark O'Mara, doesn't seem to be this type of guy, hopefully. He sees what kind of disgusting people have crawled out of the woodwork with this case. He sees what kind of people are supporting his client. Hopefully he sees more than that.
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