How the NRA Keeps Killer Guns on the Market
"The Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol, which retails for about $300, is one of the
cheapest American-made guns available on the civilian market. In used
condition, these are junk guns, Saturday night specials. But last week,
George Zimmerman listed his in an online auction with a starting bid of
$5,000. This was the gun he used in 2012 to shoot and kill Trayvon
Martin, an unarmed teenager.
These macabre sales actually happen all the time in the United
States. Most of the 116,000 Americans who are shot each year (32,000
fatally) receive barely a mention in local news—the perpetrators aren’t
notorious, and their guns don’t become collector’s items. But neither
are they removed from the market. In fact, thousands of Americans buy
used guns every year—legally—with no idea those weapons were used to
take someone’s life."