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. silentscope47

    Mr. President, would your statement have been ANY different if Zimmerman had STABBED Martin to death in self defense? Why focus on "gun violence" alone, vs the root causes of violence?

    July 14, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. jnpa

    I am a democrat but I feel the President misspoke in March 2012. Today he spoke again but he still had it wrong. He should have pointed out he was wrong in 2012 by assuming Trayvon Martin was an innocent victim and he should have waited for the legal process to determine the facts. He should also have said more about falsely accusing George Zimmerman besides just saying "a jury has spoken." I am not impressed with his statement at all.

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Don

    How disappointing for the POTUS to express his sympathies for the Martin family all along – yet Zimmerman must live with himself after killing a teenage boy and now face life hated and marked. He damns those who disagree with his laws and his parties laws, but when justice runs its course, he appears disappointed that Zimmerman, found not guilty, is not jailed for life. A tragedy, yes, but not as dark as the divide in our nation because of it, because of it being driven by media, driven by athletes, celebrities, and by politicians, POTUS just one of them. That just is not right.

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Name

    Why is this guy even commenting? Is he going to comment on every single court case now? I

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Name

    This country is corrupted all i/we have is Jesus

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Frank Berger

    What a healing statement by the President (not)! A healing statement would be that there's no reason to suppose this was a race crime, and the jury, after evaluating the evidence, felt Zimmerman acted in self-defense. Not to mention that the gun he carried was entirely legal and possibly saved his life.

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. ssaymssik

    Such garbage! Lets honor a kid who attacked an individual and was shot by the victim defending himself who then was put through the ringer to only be found not guilty and he's still being screwed over. If he didn't have his gun to defend himself his head would've cracked and he'd be dead and the 17 year old child would be facing murder charges himself instead.

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Bill

    Good for Obama. I'm sure the gunlovers will blast this move, saying he's exploiting a tragedy to promote his gun control agenda, but that's precisely the point. I hope every time there is a senseless gun-related death, Obama continues to release statements pointing to the role of guns in those deaths. By doing so, he is not exploiting those deaths, he is ensuring they are not in vein.

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. JZ

    and the answer is no, a resounding No. You don't address mental health, you don't address licensing and with the Illinois concealed carry, just about everyone can walk around packed. How could anyone believe the U.S. does anything to step any violence, including gun violence....it is the kill or be killed, gladiator games, TV/Movie Examples, that have all contributed to the violence culture where life is nearly meaningless world that we live in. Guns? Guns are the media grabbing red herring that is the very least of the problem. Take away guns and people will use bats or whatever is handy. Its the mentality.

    60% of gun deaths in 2010 were from suicide. And take away the guns and even those people will find another way.

    Enough already...its not guns...they are just showy made for TV headline grabbers.

    How many people were killed in Minnesota in 2011 by someone using an assault weapon? FBI estimates between 1 and 2....how many from fist fights? 4...................focus on the steak not that gristle

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. AHHA!

    "And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities." Mr. President, if anyone could begin to heal the wounds of racism that exist on both sides of the aisle, it would be you. Please use this opportunity to encourage forgiveness and healing, instead of issuing divisive race-related statements (as you have in the past). You've been in office 4 1/2 years now, 3 1/2 to go, and as our first black President, you've yet to do anything, ANYTHING AT ALL, to help improve racial relations in the US. What are you waiting for? This could be your greatest legacy....unless, of course, you don't really care about improved racial relations in this country.

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Paul

    Wish this guy would just keep his mouth shut. Keeps butting into things he knows nothing about

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Frank Brady

    "President Obama: "We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence."

    Surely he meant, "We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of Black violence." Maybe it's just an editorial error?

    July 14, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. NameRenelleP

    Laws just to let young black men get murdered by white men. While they go free laughing and smiling.

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Catmandew

    I knew Obama would try and tie this to gun control. This is not a Federal case and because blacks aren't happy with the jury's verdict they will try and get Zimmerman some other way. Where are the defenders of his rights? They had a fair trial he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers to go after him anymore is a violation of his rights. Blacks want it all to go their way. If Martin had shot Zimmerman under the same circumstances they would be saying justice was served!

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Mike

    "Honor" Trayvon? Really?

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. really

    Honor what do you mean honnor. Things happen for a reason.

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. allen

    I could care less what this man has to say now...or in the future! Obama is directly responsible for the flurry of media activity and bringing race to the forefront in this trial. This man is also responsible for flawed legislation in the health care arena, horrible foreign policy...and he is just not qualified to hold the position he is in. I do not view this man as my president

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Commenter31

    Nice to see Obama leading the WHOLE nation and not just factions within. We face a societal issue, boiling it down to race or a guns is too simplistic and merely treats the symptoms and not the root problem. Golden rule everyone, now that is more powerful than any law.

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Justin Cerveny

    As tragic as this is, many of the details about this innocent child were left out. One of his last statements was a racial slur. He didn't deserve to die, but he wasn't a saint.

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. justinrobinsreo

    So you are referring to this case as "Gun Violence", but yet you just said that we should respect the verdict and the jury's decision. Referring to what happened "Gun Violence" is assuming he was guilty rather than respecting the not guilty verdict. Our President is just as racist as the media.

    July 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Catmandew

    Mr Obama you can't have all

    July 14, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. jib

    Doesn't he have something more important to do?

    July 14, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. DannyDobler

    Sweet Jesus, here we go again. Obama wants to pull the heart strings of America to push his anti-gun agenda, is this really the time for such nonsense?

    July 14, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. mark shiro

    the president needs to stop talking about this. he was the first one to inject race into the affair and he is the main reason that black churches and others are stirring the pot. remember how obama opened up his big mouth in the cambridge cop/harvard professor situation?

    July 14, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Todd

    So we should "honor" this man who attacked another man and was killed because he didn't hit him hard enough to kill him first?

    July 14, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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