A “Muslim-free” gun shop in Florida is raffling a Confederate flag painted by George Zimmerman

If you had “Muslim-free,” “George Zimmerman,” “Confederate flag” and “Florida” on your Racist Bingo cards, congratulations. You’ve won. Please step up to the table to claim your prize, which definitely isn’t this Confederate flag painted by George Zimmerman:

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Florida Gun Supply announced yesterday that they are selling signed prints of the painting for 50 bucks a pop. One lucky buyer will receive the original, produced by the the man whose name has become synonymous with killing unarmed black teenagers. One portion of the proceeds from the raffle will go to Zimmerman, and another will go to Andy Hallinan, who owns Florida Gun Supply, in order to pay for Hallinan’s defense in a federal discrimination lawsuit, filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, over the store’s declaration of itself as a “Muslim-free zone” following the recent shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Given how gun stores, along with all other places of public accommodation, aren’t allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion — even if they declare themselves to be “private clubs” — their legal defense will be futile. But it will definitely be well funded.

Zimmerman's flag, via Florida Gun Supply

Zimmerman’s flag, via Florida Gun Supply

After all, this is a masterful work of fundraising. The 2nd Amendment reference overlaid on a Confederate flag, coming from a man who embodies all of the worst outcomes of gun violence and racism, is memetically engineered to reach peak conservative. The painting is likely going to garner quite a bit of cash for the pair, as Zimmerman’s last painting — a particularly lazy reference to the Pledge of Allegiance overlaid on a waving American flag — sold on eBay for over $100,000. They only need to sell 2,000 prints to match that total.

And in case you’re wondering whether Zimmerman bothered to try making the claim that his painting isn’t about racism, but is instead about heritage, don’t worry. It’s definitely a thousand percent about racism. As he told Hallinan, quoted by Gawker:

“The caption, ‘the 2nd protects the first’ [sic] is a double entendre,” Zimmerman told the gun seller. “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.”

In other words, when Zimmerman paints, “The 2nd Protects the 1st,” he means both that the Second Amendment is essential for protecting the First Amendment, but also that the second flag — the Confederate flag — is essential for protecting the first, American flag. From the Ay-rabs.

Stay classy, Florida Men.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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