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
1 year 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. Patriot

    Gun violence? Self defense! Jury has spoken.

    July 14, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Margaret Swindells

    Maybe if more parents spent quality time with their children and tought them right from wrong, we wouldn't have thugs out at night doing what they should not do. Travon M spent 14 yrs with a step mom. Where was "mom" during this time?

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Richard

    And no mention of the much broader problem of black violence on blacks which claims over 10,000 lives per year in the U.S.
    Vagueness never helped anymore, Mr. President.

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. zman

    Why is it always the guns? We need guns to protect our selves from thugs,car jackers and violent crimanals. The president and the rest of the nation needs to look at his formrer city of chicago. No guns for innocent people to protect them selves equals murder capitoal of our nation. Its the people not the guns.

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Joe

    Asking Americans to be thoughtful is like asking Birds to walk.

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. JohnParryJones

    Mr. President:

    Have you no words for George? To avoid serious bodily injury or being killed, he was forced to take a human life...something he will have to live with for the rest of his life. Mr. President. You forgot about George.

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Joanie768

    Very well said Mr President...i still feel, in my heart, this Jury got the verdict wrong. No person, I don't care who they are deserves to be shot and killed for just walking home from a market. This verdict only gives the haters a reason to approach someone they feel is not "normal". To confront them, fight them and if the innocent is getting the best of the fighting, they have the right to shoot them dead because they fear for their lives...all wrong...WE THE PEOPLE need to talk about this now before any more innocents get gunned down for no reason.

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. David Hazlett

    Right on Mr President! I totally agree

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. bookworm438

    How about we actually enforce laws? How about we change our prison system around so we aren't sending people in there to be turned into harden criminals when they come out? How about we actually punish our kids and enforce rules for our kids? How about we improve our educational system? Banning guns is not the answer to anything. We need to look at why people commit acts of violence. Poor education, poverty, inattentive parents all play a key role in someone resorting to crime.

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. John Donald

    This had nothing to do with gun violence....It was self defense, and zimmerman was within his legal right to bear arms......IDIOT!!!

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Will

    Only in America can you stalk someone you think is suspicious, call the police, have the police tell you to just back off, continue to follow them, and then the suspect defend themselves after noticing you follow them, then you kill them, and then you get away with it scott free. 'MERICA!

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Fred17

    Yes, this was a tragedy. Zimmerman apparently made some mistakes. But Martin should not have attacked, beating the guy's head into the pavement. There's nothing here to honor either Martin or Zimmerman with.

    July 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Pat

    What a joke of a statement. No mention of the media storm that convicted Zimmerman a year ago and how his statements inflamed it. This wasn't random gun violence like that in his own Chi City. This was a man excercising his right to defend himself. Plain and simple. A joke this is.

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. RanLo

    Oh for crying out loud!
    You act like a 'Thug', You get 'Thug' treatment................
    If this was black on black, we wouldn't be hearing a thing!

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. templeknight

    As with everything else this pathetic excuse for a leader does, wrong place, twisted political statement. Where is he and the NAACP, Sharpton, Jackson, the quisling press(that tried and convicted Zimmerman, with out benefit of due process and then when presented with the facts the JURY found him innocent), and the rest of the media; on Chicago, where blacks kill and wound blacks daily? All you hear is silence, none of them care, no mileage, no political gain from these deaths. And then he makes it truly political (brings guns back into the equation); oh a mr out of touch, party/golf
    outing president, they just gave Illinois citizens the right of self defense, they can now concealed carry, maybe the inner city death toll will abate, only time will tell.

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. kslalake

    I would certainly honor our justice system, and the common sense displayed by those strong willed six women of the jury, rather than honoring a 17 year old who had a checked past, chose to violently attack a guy who was concerned about the safety of his neighborhood!

    About time as President, O should have the guts to acknowledge the cultural and social issues existing in black community rather than diverting attention from this issue and using this tragedy as one of his political tools.

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. J Beemer

    What gun violence, George Zimmerman used his gun to stop a act of violence.

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Richard

    First the POTUS stirs the racial issue by saying if he had a son he would look like the 12 year old picture of Martin not a picture of Martin the day he died.

    Than the news media cuts and pastes the evidence in their news reports to help stir the racial divide of this country.

    Now POTUS makes this lame statement. When is the POTUS going to learn to keep his nose out of local law. Every time he opens his mouth on this type of issue he looks terrible in the eyes of the nation.

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Mr president, why is travon the only kid that gets killed a problem for you? I don't see you naming all the other kids that have been killed. Please tell us I think we should know as Anericans. Can you comment?

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. misterrandywatson

    Whatever Mr. President! I just wish he would stay on the most relevant topic of racial profiling and not take this as an opportunity to further vilify and forward his party's agenda on gun control. Zimmerman's gun would've never shot a White teenager so let's factor out the common denominator and add up the facts.

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Stargazer

    What about curbing fist violence?

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. rightstuff1944

    Barack Obama's brain rattles around like a B-B in a box car. He is the one who stirred up all the hysteria about the Zimmerman case, hoping to further divide this country down racial lines.

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Momx4

    It is beyond me why our President ever felt the need to interject himself into this whole mess. This was & remains a matter for the state of Florida...actually, it should have stayed a matter for the local officials to handle. Thanks to politicians and the media, our country becomes more divided rather than united. My prayers go out to Trayvon's family, the Zimmerman's, the jurors, and all those on both sides of the issue that cannot see past their own prejudices. Such hate filled comments are not the path to healing....

    July 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. RM

    Lesson learned: Don't bring a bag of skittles and a watermelon iced tea to a gun fight.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Von

    Obama hasn't demonstrated much proficiency during his reign as President except that he successfully convinced low information voters to vote for him in the prior two elections and play the race card to affirm the Zimmerman legal lynching. Gun violence? Seriously? It was justifiable self defense, Mr. President.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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