It seems a jokester with the name "Racist McShootface" decided to mess with George Zimmerman's gun auction. On Thursday, George Zimmerman announced that he is selling the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. Soon after, a bidder with the screen name Racist McShootface hijacked the auction on the website United Gun Group and drove the price north of $65 million. Then a few others joined in on the fun.
The gun had originally been listed on GunBroker.com, but it was removed after it received an incredible amount of negative attention. The new listing remains, though it seems United Gun Group does not have a system in place to prevent anyone from registering and entering fake bids of up to $65 million. Here are the bids from Racist McShootface before the account was suspended:
After Racist McShootface was suspended, some brothers in (sarcastic) arms joined in on the fun:
There may even be some subtle, less obvious troll names. Uproxx points out that "Henry Johnson" may refer to an African American World War I hero who posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President Obama.
As of the publishing of this article, it appears there are legitimate bids nearing half a million dollars, plus one more new troll that made a bid for $65 million:
The auction ends next week. Only then will it become clear if the gun actually sold for several hundred thousand dollars (or more). And some more awesome troll names should pop up by then, too.