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."
So, if Zimmerman had not had a firearm, and if Martin had succeeded in beating Zimmerman to death, we should have all celebrated a death without "gun violence"?
Is drone killing children an act of violence or compassion Mr. Obama? Please teach by example.
Maybe the president should not be making comments on cases like "Trayvon could have been my son," because he should recognize that was inappropriate and was the beginning of making this case of self-defense a racial issue.
Spoken like a true leader. You've surprised me, Mr. President.
And after he finished this speech he had a meeting with Eric Holder.
The same Eric holder that didn't want to press a guaranteed case of voter intimidation against the Black Panthers.
I didn't think this was over. Now let's see what sideways tricks they try.
Why is this case more important to the President than all the other killings in the country? Especially the ones that a jury found not to be justified.
Finally sounding like a national leader.
WHY should we "honor" a wannabe gangster who sought fame in the eys of his "friends" by assaulting the neighbor watch captain in a fist fight without so much as responding to inquires the watch captains inquires as to where he lived or where he was going but rather turned on and assaulted the neighborhood watch captain without warning or provocation!
What exactly should Trayvon Martin be honored for? The drugs in his system, being kicked out of school, or beating another man? Let's stop the violence, but Trayvon is no hero anymore than Zimmerman is.
First he race baits to improve his reelection chances; then he turns his despicable spin on gun owners.
Our president knows exactly where he needs to start to stem the tide of gun violence. And it isn't in Sanford, Florida. But we will never get anywhere if our president can't even discern the difference between self defense and gun violence.
So.......Self defense is gun violence????????????????????
Always pushing his liberal agenda no matter the time, place or format. What a disappointment of a president.
If anyone did to President OBama, what Treyvon Martin did to George Zimmerman, the Secret Service would shoot the perpetrator dead. Would he then be giving speeches on how its important to end gun violence? Give me a break. It is different when you are the one being assaulted. Democrats do not believe in the right of self defense unless it is their body being defended. The rest of us can go fend for ourselves.
It is a tragedy, and the grief of the parents undoubtedly deserves sympathy. But to honor Trayvon??? The president has that wrong. The president should not be calling us to honor someone who according to available evidence was a thief, a pot smoker, a racist, someone prone to violence and fights, and someone who chose the wrong person to assault. The president should be reviewing how the justice system came to waste millions of dollars on a ridiculous charge.
I don't honor Trayvon Martin. He used an offensive racial slur against white people, before attacking George Zimmerman and beating him. Justice has been served.
That this White House resident believes Martin to be worthy of "honor" speaks more than almost any other one of his blunders. What an idiot.
And he continues to kowtow... I resepected this president until he feels a need to choose sides in this .
This case was never about gun violence. It was about a young thug choosing to physically assault a man, and that man exercising his second amendment right to defend himself with a firearm. The way to prevent tragedies like this in the future is obvious – raise the next generation without glamorizing criminal behavior, and teach them that violence is not a proper response to verbal confrontation.
I didn't realize it was the president's place to comment on the verdict of a murder trial...
George Zimmerman administered justice properly to Martin. He caused the killing and deserves no sympathy whatsoever.
obama keep your mouth shut!!!!!
Why do we need to "honor" Trayvon Martin ? What is it that we are honoring? That he was a reckless black kid that just happened to come across an older guy (Zimmerman) wanting to keep his neighborhood safe from an increase in crime? This was an unfortunate incident, certainly not a momentous one. Obama made it so. It fits well into his background before becoming POTUS.
Why the heck would I honor Trayvon Martin? He lived like a thug and died like a thug. It's too bad he never had a chance to learn a different way of living. It's too bad his parents and his culture failed him.
Don't attack people, you won't get shot- that's the lesson this country should focus on while reflecting on what happened.
If it wasn't for "gun violence", this would have been murder by concrete sidewalk. That being the case, I'm in favor of more "gun violence", not less.
Not a word for George Zimmerman, Mr.President? The jury's verdict means that as far as the law is concerned Zimmerman is the VICTIM, and Martin the ATTACKER.
President Obama helped elevate the tensions initially by stating that Trayvon could have been a son, that was completely inappropriate. And now, I wish we could understanding what he means by widening the circle of compassion and understanding...can you give us a concrete example? Regarding stemming the tide of gun violence, another death recently attributed to Fast and Furious, so if it were so important, why could this administration not have set a much better example?