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. Baseballmom

    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"?

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Roberta

    Is drone killing children an act of violence or compassion Mr. Obama? Please teach by example.

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. 1ST

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. BC Demonte

    Spoken like a true leader. You've surprised me, Mr. President.

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. kbworkman

    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.
    Yeah.
    I didn't think this was over. Now let's see what sideways tricks they try.

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Rob

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Finally sounding like a national leader.

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Russ

    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!

    July 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Done

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. nexalist

    First he race baits to improve his reelection chances; then he turns his despicable spin on gun owners.

    July 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. sean.edu

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. AmeriPat

    So.......Self defense is gun violence????????????????????

    July 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Katagaruma

    Always pushing his liberal agenda no matter the time, place or format. What a disappointment of a president.

    July 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. TiSentinel65

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Just Inquiring

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Scott

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. John Anderson

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. labelguy

    And he continues to kowtow... I resepected this president until he feels a need to choose sides in this .

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Matt

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. bookworm438

    I didn't realize it was the president's place to comment on the verdict of a murder trial...

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Grump the conservative

    George Zimmerman administered justice properly to Martin. He caused the killing and deserves no sympathy whatsoever.

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. bill

    obama keep your mouth shut!!!!!

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Steve C

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Some guy

    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.

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. doug

    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?

    July 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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