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This week we heard that the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin was being placed up for auction, with an opening bid of $5000. It’s sickening.


There has been a Twitter-storm of folks suggesting we should acquire the gun and beat it into a plow with our friends at RAWtools, Inc.


Initially, that seemed like a powerful idea — to destroy this horrific icon of injustice, and make sure it doesn’t take another life. We even had some donors offering to buy it. But then we heard the money was going to be used to fight many of the groups and movements we believe in, like Black Lives Matter. So we kept thinking and praying. Besides the bidding has crashed a couple of times and been subverted by a bidder “Racist McShootface” bringing the bid up to 65million dollars– so that’s one strategy.


But now we have another idea…


We are going to take a 9mm pistol identical to Zimmerman’s, beat it into a plow, auction it off, and donate the money to Trayvon Martin’s family foundation.


Last night we sent out the invitation to donate handguns and just got the news that we have had 6 guns donated overnight (thanks to Benjamin L. Corey and all who donated so far).


And all 6 of the guns are 9mm pistols. (by the way, keep ’em coming… email here to donate: [email protected])


My friends at RAWtools, Inc. will be transforming the pistol. And will start the bidding within the next week or so. Please keep it all in prayer.


May we continue to transform weapons into tools, and turn death into life.


In the name of Jesus.


And in the name of Trayvon Martin, and all the victims of gun violence.


About The Author


Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist,
 sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of several books, 
including "The Irresistible Revolution," "Jesus for President," "Executing Grace," "Beating Guns," and his newest book, "Rethinking Life (released in Feb 2023)." He is the visionary leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and co-director of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

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