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. Ryan

    Let me see, George was found not guilty, and yet we still insist on declaring Trayvon a victim of gun violence? I don't think so. If George was found to be innocent of murder or man slaughter, then he indeed was and will continue to be the victim of an attack which he defended himself from. The POTUS is not better than the NAACP and all of their racist language. That is all this will continue to be about, and he is fueling the fire, good job B.O.

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. gdouglaso

    Uh...so where is any sympathy for what YOU put Zimmerman through because of your racially charged outcry regarding, "Trayvon" could have been my son. The jury spoke and made it clear that you were off base. Please deal with this.

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

    Behold, the reason we are getting headline after headline about the Martin court case over headlines about the average body count (22 per day) of veterans committing suicide. Gun control.

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Sane1

    Don't need bring gun violence into a case where the gun death was ruled self defense. Had GZ not been legally carrying his firearm, he way be dead.

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Kulafarmer

    We are a nation of laws, we are also a constitutional republic,
    The second ammendment guarantees our freedom,
    Long live the republic!
    MOLON LABE

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Larry L

    A wise and honorable statement from our President.

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Rod

    As he ignores the Chicago muder rate and ones being committed by black males in his former city?

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    martin was a wanna be thug. marijuana usage. gun toting, stealing kid. he was sent home from school for a reason. thugs die everyday from a violent lifestyle that glorifies violence and crime. thankyou Mr president

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. GIUK

    And you, Mr. President should ask yourself "Am I doing all I can to stem the flood of distrust of government when I lie to, and spy on the American people?"

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. P

    Why should we honor someone who was threatening another persons life to the point of them needing to shoot them in self defense?

    July 14, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Roberto

    "Never let a good tragedy go to waste". Gun violence. Whatever...been decreasing year after year. More people die from blunt force trauma. Does he care about that?

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Reasonable Descent

    A very diplomatic response.

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Randy Thompson

    If he respected the decision of the jury, then he would also have to accept that Trayvon was deemed the aggressor. More pandering and race bating from our divider in chief.

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

    why would he even speak about it? GUESS!!!!

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Absaroke

    The real tragedy is that this too will be politicized as a crisis and the opportunity to exploit it; and instead of being a learning moment, it will become a wedging issue.

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. scranton

    No we are not. Crack down more on gangs and take them off the streets.

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Brian Barr

    Amen Mr President. Amen.

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    Translation: It's time to gin up the gun control issue again.

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. NamePeggy Colbert

    Thanks. Mr. President, you are the leader of us all. The change must start in the home, flow into the community to make our nation strong and viable. We must unite and not act out of fear or hurt. We must ask what we can learn from this tragedy? GOD Bless.

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. moorbid

    It hasn't even been 24 hours and he's already exploiting the situation for a political agenda... super classy.

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Willow

    George Zimmerman will be the face of the #NRA and that angers Obama, but he & political fugures should have stayed out it. They gambled and lost! Now guns Sales will continue to boom as the nation is divided. "NRA for Life"

    July 14, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. Bobrob1

    Might I make a suggestion? Convince people not to attack and start beating others who may or may not be armed.

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

    In simpler words, "Let it go America!" Leave the guy alone

    July 14, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Andrew

    Nation of laws, for those who can afford it.

    July 14, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. religionandpolitics

    So this trial was about GUNS for this administration? Not about race relations or about personal responsibility? Wow, as a former Obama supporter, I have to express how SICK and TIRED I am about his continual attack on our gun rights.

    July 14, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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