The twisted cretin who had these printed said: "My main motivation was to make money off the controversy." Just business, man. Nothing personal.
Even Mark O'Mara, the attorney for George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, found it disgusting:
"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," said O'Mara.DeForest conducted an email exchange with the merchant who would not say how many of the targets he had sold, only that the response had been "overwhelming." They were still for sale on a firearms auction site when DeForest first contacted him. But when it became clear the station was investigating, the ad on the site was removed. That ad stated the seller believes Zimmerman is innocent and that "he shot a thug." Martin had no criminal record. He was visiting his father in a gated community just a few doors away from where Zimmerman killed him after he returned from a nearby store.
"I hope there is a crime that we can charge that person who made that with. I'm not sure what it is, but we need to come up with one."
The target, made by the Hiller Armament Company, can be seen at this gun blog.
Target shooters often use paper silhouettes for practice and in competition. Some of these are illustrations of generic would-be assailants. A few show real people. The Osama bin Laden target has long been a favorite. But most are simply black silhouettes overlain with concentric rings and numbers with the highest "scores" over the most vulnerable parts of a person's body. These originated in the military and are widely used by police departments in their training.
It's not hard to imagine what buyers of the Trayvon targets say to each other when they're on the firing line. And when they say "fucking coons," they don't mumble.