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. NEIL

    Hey Obama, is this about guns or testosterone induced stupidity by both individuals? Of course a democrat will never miss an opportunity to exploit a tragedy!

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. ron

    9) Only in America ... could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black.? 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans? 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

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

    This case had nothing to do with gun violence. GZ lawfully owned his gun, which is his right as it is for all Americans. He defended himself as it is also the right for every human being. Even the President seems to be "taking advantage" of Trayvon Martin's death. If anything, we can honor Trayvon Martin by opening up dialogue among all races and about coming together as a ONE nation. It's time to stop groups and people from diving us each time there's tragedy.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Elizabeth Morris

    Shame on him for getting involved and commenting. It was a proper verdict. It was become of him that this ever went to trial. Let this be a lesson to never vote in a minority.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Johnnypatroit

    well considering this was SELF DEFENSE and not gun violence and then add in the extra facts gun crime is at a 20 year low (stats provided by the DOJ research for yourself) and then firearms are used 90% more to save lives than they are used in a crime (stats provided by Barry's exe order to the CDC again look for yourself its on their site)

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Romulan

    This verdict was exactly what NRA wanted. They want everyone to carry a gun. You never know if you'll ever get into a fight. If you're losing the fight you need a gun to defend yourself. Zimmerman's case shows that if you have some slight evidence of injury then self defense is justified. If you are winning the fight the other person may pull out a gun and shoot you so you'd better have a gun anyway.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. American

    This case continues to be a political show and not a search for justice. I ask this of our President, what is his administration doing about gun violence?

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. J

    Umm how about the fact that Zimmerman just won on grounds of self-defense...so in this case according to the court, his gun is actually the thing that saved him and Zimmerman is a victim and not the other way around. And literally Mr. President you are demonizing gun owners in your little statement there. There is no reason why you should be involved at all with this case so stop with the misguided political agenda.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. TampaDude

    How about you clean up your own house, Mr. President.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. John

    Give it up Obama, you won't be passing any new gun laws. The 2nd amendment, the Constitution, is far greater than you.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Tenie

    This is beyond inappropriate, but no suprise.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. deeperinfo

    I think he should be asking to honor George Zimmerman, a man who was assaulted for trying to do the right thing and protect his neighborhood. He should also apologize to George Zimmerman for helping to promote an unjustified persecution.

    He should be telling all young people to not be so quick with resorting to violence, the real cause of Martin's death.

    He should be calling for a Civil Rights investigation into why the State of Florida brought a case that was not supported by the evidence, broke professional ethics, and then lied to the jury in Closing Statements...

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Deke

    This just goes to show, how broken our justice system is. George Zimmerman PROFILED Trayvon, then got OUT OF HIS CAR, FOLLOWED, and STALKED Trayvon. The 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman "You shouldn't be following him".. but he did it anyway.... then he MURDERED Trayvon! I'm a 35 yr old white male, by the way.

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

    It might help for parents to teach kids to show respect and restraint as well. Just because George Zimmerman was watching the activity in his community did not make him a "creepy ass cracker" no more than Trayvon walking through the community made him a thief. However, being an unfamiliar person in the neighborhood did make him with watching.
    Watching Trayvon walk through the neighborhood is not the same as attacking him. Throughout this whole ordeal one must ask if Zimmerman was reasonable in his response once he had been attacked, threatened with death, and being in the process of being brutally beaten. The jury decided that he was reasonable.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Kiziah

    With all do respect Mr.President gun violence is a serious issue around the world but the United States of America takes the cake. The research I have seen is frightening, and Michael Moore needs to continue to put the USA on front street re: there crazy laws and "rights". I am a proud Canadian who continues to pray that the USA will adapt to some of our ways.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Art

    This is all the more reasons we keep our guns. What a selfish president you are to push your own agenda when someone has lost their life. Shame on you but what would someone expect from a loser.

    July 14, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Joshua

    We should be asking ourselves, what are we doing with a President that has routinely violated the Constitution! We should be asking why the Department of Homeland Security is buying 1.6 Billion rounds of ammunition! We should be asking why the Federal Government seeks to indefinitely detain and kill American citizens without any due process! Or asking why our President feels that its necessary to spy on all Americans! Mr. President, your leadership and office are a complete sham. We need to be asking the questions in this country NOT you and not right now. You have no legitimacy left in your presidency.

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Lily

    This man has already issued a statement about Trayvon Martin that should have gotten the whole case thrown out due to his Presidential prejudice. While Trayvon should not have been killed, many are forgetting that Trayvon was beating up Zimmerman and banging his head into a cement pavement. How many times do they think Zimmerman should have let Trayvon do that? But Obama, like some others, prefer to ignore the fact that Trayvon escalated the encounter and turned it into a "do or die " situation.

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Edwin Bowers

    If we really want to stem racial devide in this country, dissolve the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucas, and quit listening to charlaton loud mouths like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Regardless of the facts, they were condeming George Zimmerman and raising racial tensions from the git go. If the Justice Department (Eric Holder), who dismissed the case against the Black Panthers for intimadating voters at the polls, attempts to pursue George Zimmerman on an unjustified Federal Civil Rights violation, the nation will suffer a further divide and set the civil rights movement back 60 years. A New York Prosecutor stated that if Zimmerman had not had a gun ,Trayvon would still be alive. What he failed to mention was that if George Zimmerman didn't have the gun, he may not be here.

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Sharon

    It never ceases to amaze me that the Democrats refuse to acknowledge the bloodshed taking place in Chicago and all the guns that young blacks are using to kill each other. Are their lives not worth anything?

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. cjb3270

    So even today, it's still obvious this man, our president, who shouldn't have interjected himself into the case to begin with, has picked sides. He made not ONE mention about George Zimmerman and that the jury has spoken and asking for HIS respect as well?!?!? NO HE DIDN'T!

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Greatnesslostislegend

    Gun violence. Sure. Go home to Chicago and sick your ear out the door. That is the sound of killing due to leftist gansta culture. Deaths due to guns are just those the media reports on, not almost an equal number of "silent" ones caused by knifing,or beatings. Everything Democrats pushed to "help" inner city African Americans has not. Several people die every day due to the destruction of social fabric that has occurred because of the welfare state and politics of envy played by Democrat politicians to support it. I suggest the president look in the mirror. Putin saw evil (his words in Pravda) I see ignoratio juris non excusat. Just do us a favor Obama and resign... You jined this awful situation up in the first place. Most saw that, and your lame attempt this morning just is CYA.

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Aaron

    RIP Trayvon Martin. Obama's words ring true, but there must be recourse within the justice system against this unbelievable verdict.

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Js

    Zimmerman has 50% of the nation's support- which is more than our clown President. Here's the response from the Zimmerman side: "The election of Barack Obama was a tragedy. Not just for his supporters- who are either completely brainwashed or brainless, but for everyone in America. I know this travesty of Obama being President has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the travesty and corruption, I know his cover-ups may only run higher. But we are a nation of fraud- and Obama is the most corrupt President in the history of our country. Every American should open their eyes and realize what a scum this man is and do all they can to widen the demand for impeachment. Guns are only 1 issue and Obama fails at every issue. As citizens, it’s a job for all of us to demand impeachment for the corrupt, fraudulent criminal that is Barack Obama.”

    July 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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