Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm
President Barack Obama spoke about the killing of Trayvon Martin on March 23, 2012 at the White House.
July 14th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Sunday for "calm reflection" following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The president, in a statement, acknowledged an emotionally charged climate but concluded that "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."

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  1. Keith

    IF it was self defense why are we honoring he aggressor?

    July 14, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. james s

    This is disgusting, and he as the president should stay out of local issues.

    His prior comments is why this case has created such a division among our citizens.

    Any reason why he doesn't comment on the black on black crime that happens on a daily basis in Chicago?

    July 14, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    We should also ask ourselves if we are going to stop allowing these cases to be used for political purposes, by the current administration.

    July 14, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    As our President asks us to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence, is he willing to acknowledge the influence of popular music as performed by his pals on gun violence?

    Will he acknowledge that his pals might be glorifying that violence for profit?

    Or do the campaign funds given by these pals buy immunity from his criticism?

    July 14, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Clear cut notion–pass Gun-Ban Laws. Period. This nation's dire need is this Gun-Ban Laws.

    July 14, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Name

    Totally don't agree with someone who is president of the us this here is not rt no one seems to care that's why it is so much gun violence

    July 14, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Jasmine Jackson

    Well said Mr. President.

    July 14, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Martin

    If assault someone and get shot will the president honor me too? Or does that depend on the pigmentation of my skin? Shameful politicking, exploiting what is a straight forward defense case into a tragedy for America? What about trying to defuse the hatred and animosity towards a private citizen proven innocent in a court of law? No, we must honor the guy who broke his nose and ground pounded him. That's Obama's America.

    July 14, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Sheryl Mexic

    Very Presidential from a good President.

    July 14, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. K

    Way to make it about your political agenda!

    July 14, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Jimmie Russells

    Thanks Obama for involving yourself in this even further. By the way, what happened to him looking like your son? Does he not look like your son anymore?

    July 14, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. returnreason

    No gun, no death.

    July 14, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Tony C

    Honor Trayvon Martin? Why don't we honor the innocent man? Once again the President is taking sides and not addressing ALL of the complex issues that made up this case.

    July 14, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. YeahRight

    This wasn't a case of "gun violence." Trayvon Martin was committing an act of violence without the use of a gun. George Zimmerman lawfully used a lethal weapon in self defense against the unlawful act of violence being committed against him.

    July 14, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. kard

    Stem physical violence because that is what initiated self defense with a gun.

    July 14, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    What about honoring self-defense

    July 14, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. JJ

    "We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis."

    Maybe it would be wise to not start random fight with strangers. Maybe it is an object lesson in the difference between "can" and "should" - just because Martin said he could knock a man down with a single punch doesn't mean it was wise to.

    July 14, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Texas

    Fair and balanced statement.

    July 14, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. mike

    Why didn't the President say.." the outcome in all legal cases is never going to please everybody, it will only please the 50%...(ie its for or against the defendant...thus the 50%), trust the legal system"....wow.......

    July 14, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Mr Bamm

    Very well put. Enough said.

    July 14, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. motat

    This was a nice statement up until the word gun violence was used. Why did he have to say that, this case had nothing to do with gun violence.

    July 14, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. greener65

    This is a tragedy! and YOUR legal system has clearly spoken. Black or white or whatever, its your system, and when it comes up with a verdict you dont personally like then what we say take a look at what we are doing etc? NO there is 2 issues here, 1) GZ should have followed advice and stayed away, but he did not and was not ordered too. 2) TM should have ran home, should have been on the phone with 911, not his "friend" and he should never have come arund and confronted unless he felt he was tougher and had the right to. A child would have run home or created a fuss, not attacked his follower! AND i am NOT excusing GZ. He should have been smarter.

    July 14, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Ken Knerr

    Now and then a thug picks on the wrong person and it turns out badly for the thug.

    July 14, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. db

    Say it, Prez.

    July 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Name

    Cant believe u as a president do not see any injustice within the system one reason no one will stand togather cuz we as a nation do not have a voice at all and no one to fight for you without money you are nothing in america

    July 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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