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."
IF it was self defense why are we honoring he aggressor?
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?
We should also ask ourselves if we are going to stop allowing these cases to be used for political purposes, by the current administration.
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?
Clear cut notion–pass Gun-Ban Laws. Period. This nation's dire need is this Gun-Ban Laws.
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
Well said Mr. President.
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.
Very Presidential from a good President.
Way to make it about your political agenda!
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?
No gun, no death.
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.
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.
Stem physical violence because that is what initiated self defense with a gun.
What about honoring self-defense
"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.
Fair and balanced statement.
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.......
Very well put. Enough said.
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.
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.
Now and then a thug picks on the wrong person and it turns out badly for the thug.
Say it, Prez.
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