George Zimmerman refuses to adopt aliases despite death threats: ‘I’m not able to lie’
In his first interview with The Orlando Sentinel, George Zimmerman — who on February 26, 2012 shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead — characterized himself as a “friendly” person, incapable of lying, who is now deeply in debt and forced to carry concealed weapons for his role in the black teen’s death.
Zimmerman told the Sentinel‘s Caitlin Dineen that people who know him describe him as “soft-spoken” and “kind,” and that strangers frequently invite him to parties and barbecues, which he attends if he happens to be in town.
He is constantly on the move, he said, and tries to spend no more than one month in a particular state because of the death threats he regularly receives.
“I just try to be smart where I go,” he said, because the death threats are “a part of life.”
Friends and well-wishers have encouraged him to change his name or use aliases when he travels, but he said, “I’m not able to lie.”
“It’s unfortunately necessary,” Zimmerman said of having to carry a concealed semi-automatic handgun with him everywhere he goes.
Katie Strupp, the national events coordinator for the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, said that she doesn’t believe there’s any “reason [for Zimmerman] to be hidden from the public,” but even at the event her organization sponsored, one woman allegedly jumped up and grabbed her chest upon learning that Zimmerman was in attendance.
Zimmerman has launched a new website that will allow him to post his ideas without press adulteration. One of the first discussed a series of portraits he painted in honor of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.