Attorney Mark O’Mara dismissed criticism of the return of George Zimmerman’s handgun following his client’s recent acquittal, explaining that his client “has his Second Amendment rights intact,” but “of course he will never use that gun again.”
The Florida attorney also harshly condemned NBC for airing a misleadingly edited audio clip of Zimmerman’s 911 call on the night that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin; the tape fueled pre-trial accusations that the shooting was racially motivated. “They actually helped turn the tide against George, and here’s the thing: Had they been right . . . had George been some kind of racist, they would’ve gotten away with it,” he said on Sean Hannity’s radio show.
O’Mara exhorted those protesting the verdict to direct their energies more constructively: “If they really are concerned about ongoing racial inequality or how young black males are being treated in the system, then use that energy for something positive.”