“The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American Flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate Flag,…” -George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman is now selling prints of his Confederate flag painting at a gun store that made headlines earlier this year for deeming itself a “Muslim-free” zone.
Buying one of the numbered prints online for $50 automatically enters the purchaser in a raffle to win the original Confederate flag painting. A statement on Florida Gun Supply’s website speculates the original painting could be worth up to $100,000, which is the price Zimmerman’s last painting sold for on eBay.
After the shootings in Chatanooga in July, Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan posted a controversial video on YouTube saying that he would turn away Muslims who wanted to shop at his gun store in Iverness.
Since he was declared a free man, Zimmerman has been outspoken in his defense of the second amendment, a statement on FloridaGunSupply.com echoes that sentiment.
It says Zimmerman was originally painting an American flag when he heard the Council for American/Islamic Relations was planning a lawsuit against Hallinan.
“The caption, ‘the 2nd protects the first’ is a double entendre,” Zimmerman said in a statement on Florida Gun Supply’s website. “The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American Flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate Flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by CAIR. The 2nd flag I painted was the Battle Flag – which we need in America in order to protect the first.”
Zimmerman is referring to both the Bill of Rights and to the dynamic between the Confederate flag and the American flag.