Skip to comments.Storeowner who offered free gun to Zimmerman gets death threats
Posted on 07/21/2013 6:16:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The DeLand gun shop owner who offered George Zimmerman a free handgun to replace the one being held as evidence by the Department of Justice said he is now receiving death threats.
Pat Johnson, who is president of Pompano Pat's, told the News-Journal on Sunday that "the violence needs to end" and that his offer to give Zimmerman a replacement Kel-Tec PF-9 is neither racially nor politically motivated. Nor, Johnson said, is it a publicity stunt. But a local religious leader said the offer is only ramping up tension.
The offer was made after Johnson said he heard media reports that federal authorities were holding Zimmerman's gun pending further investigation.
"This is so he (Zimmerman) can protect himself," Johnson said. "Regardless of what side you are on, he was found not guilty and he has the right to live his life."
Johnson, in the letter he sent Thursday to attorney Mark O'Mara, said, "We have read numerous reports of death threats against your client and believe no good would come from harming him." Johnson said he has not heard back from O'Mara.
But Daytona Beach Rev. L. Ronald Durham, pastor of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, said the offer is inciting racism rather than quelling it....
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Stupid store owner wanted publicity period. Backfiring big time. He didn’t need to say anything to help Zimmerman.
Good for him.
What if he just wanted to give an innocent man the handgun that he has been denied by Eric Holder, known racist?
On the Internet everybody’s stupid except the anonymous ME, ME and ME!
Don't know if it's backfiring or not. I'd buy from his store, death threats notwithstanding. The thugs would threaten their own mother if she said something un-negative about George Z.
Incredibly bad judgement on the part of the pastor. Does the pastor not know that Trayvon began the confrontation by breaking Zimmerman's nose?
“Nor, Johnson said, is it a publicity stunt.”
As much as I support Zimmerman’s right to a gun to defend himself, c’mon! It’s at least partly a publicity stunt. Otherwise, we wouldn’t know about it. Meanwhile, the good reverend thinks this guy is stirring up tension??? How about the President? I’m sure that’s different, somehow.
Anybody who injects themselves into this mess had better be ready for death threats and other nonsense.
It might even be worth it to stimulate radicals to phone in death threats to a trace phone with a recording device, then provide that evidence to the police.
If nothing else, give them a star 69 call back, to let them know that their call had been monitored and the police contacted.
The leftists are a peaceful bunch......if you don’t believe that, they’ll kill you.
Or does the pastor know that George Zimmerman is partly black?
So the anti-gun, anti-violence, liberal cowards are sending death threats, huh? What are they going to carry out their threats with, a spatula? What a bunch of pathetic wussies.
That’s the kind of savagery brought to us by those who sponsor the media and administer business, both parties in politics and academia. They mandate and enforce more social pathologies without regard to our real civil/constitutional rights. We need new leadership in general.
If people do not start speaking up for a case which has been ruled on in a court of law for fear of mobs, then turn out the lights. And if you espouse such thinking, then you are part of the problem.
Publicly doing the right thing does bring publicity, but publicity is in the nature of leadership. It's crucial for everyone's survival for Americans to publicly defy the lynch mob with the only thing they understand. Someone had to put it into wordshe's re-asserting normal life.
I would be buying all my supplies from his store if I lived there.
George, why would you say that? Are you a mind reader? A number of people here on FR were ready to buy him a gun. What motive would they have other than to help the guy.
I don’t know about this gun shop owner, but the one nearest me has a reputation for being a mean, intolerant paranoid SOB.
Very good way of putting it.