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. Jack

    Honor Trayvon Martin? Yes lets all honor thugs!

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. steve

    of course he used as a platform for gun control.

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. kyzaadrao

    Does calm reflection include not letting the media turn cases into a circus?

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Steve

    Would have been better if POTUS had never ever got involved in the first place. This was NO place for presidential politics.

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. micoz

    Is Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder going to respect this decision and realize "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken?" Or is he going to keep pushing for a phony civil rights investigation and another political trial?

    If Holder, who has no respect for the Constitution seeks a federal case, it will be a stark insult to women. It would show Holder and Obama think women are too incompetent to make an intelligent decision after considering the law and evidence in a self-defense case, wouldn't it?

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Jay

    I encourage all Americans to turn in any firearms they may own to the local authorities. Do this in honor of young Trayvon Martin.

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Guest

    Except for his gun, George Zimmerman would be dead, and no one would care. Just another guy killed by a black teen.

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. hommie12

    You may want to honor TM but not me. I'll honor our troops before I honor this thug.

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Still no apology to George Zimmerman for stoking and orchestrating the flames of rascism?

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Gun Violence? It was just proven to be self defense.

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. TOCELP

    We really need to stem the tide of "slamming heads into concrete" violence also!

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. BritAbroad

    So, once again, the White House ignores the Rule Of Law, says nothing of the fact that a jury said he's not guilty and found that Trayvon Martin attacked a stranger he thought was an easy mark, tried to beat him senseless and threatened to kill him, then discovered too late that the man he was beating had the last-resort means to protect himself from being murdered after all. No, the White House is only interested in twisting this case into something it wasn't as a further excuse to violate the Constitution and grand-stand about more gun control – so here it is folks, the Obama agenda IS to make every American a victim at the mercy of stone-cold pothead thugs who'll beat you, kill you if they can, because you are an unarmed regular-Joe mark they think are easy meat. This White House is a disgrace, and this President is unworthy of his office for this appalling misuse of his power, this attempt to stir-up racial hatred and manipulate the emotions of Americans to serve a Marxist ideological agenda. Obama makes me ashamed to be an American some days.

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. LiveFreeorDie

    Really? What a biased release....I suppose now he will order the Justice Dept. to attack Zimmerman with everything they have while using this terrible situation to take away more of our rights...this is unreal....stay calm yes, but this is like a press release against Zimmerman...to honor the dead here? Tragedy certainly.....a place for press bites and props NO, go away Obama....a tragedy for America? Stop using these situations to further your Liberal, Socialist agenda and word you press releases properly not one sided.

    "The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. 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. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin."

    July 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. John Galt

    The only way to stem gun violence is to arm law abiding citizens. An armed society is a polite society.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Donald

    It is sad that he didn't ask people to respect and accept the verdict.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Wormtown

    The POTUS has no right to step in time and time again to the justice system. The media should be ashamed for race hustling in order to sell magazines/papers, and attract viewership.

    The death was a tragedy, but as the facts of the case have come to light, do either of these men deserve to be 'honored?'

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. rjsenterp

    Here we go again, an administration in chaos so Mr. Obama tries to change the subject. No leadership whatsoever.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Berticode

    Wow.. Excellent response from Obama. I'm sure tea partiers and GOP were expecting Obama to incite riots. Still, they will find flaws from Obama speech.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Lucky Tom

    This is very CORRECT response.
    Lets follow the laws...

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. manny

    To honor Trayvon Martin? What did he do that we should honor him? Shameless president.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Kip (Portland)

    I would like to see President Obama for once condemn the "race baiters" like Reverend Sharpton and Reverend Jackson who come in and attempt to turn a local incident (basically a fight between two young men with a sad outcome for both) into a forum about racism in America for their own selfish ends! Apparently, neither Sharpton or Jackson can stand being out of the news for long no matter who it hurts! American have a lot of common sense and can make their own judgment without help from outside agitators.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. stateschool

    What about the vast quiet majority of us who don't wish to "honor Trayvon Martin?"

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. bob dobolino

    "That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin"? How about apologizing for a rush to judgement and a political show trial at taxpayer expense. And how about enforcing the law and prosecuting the new black panther members who put a bounty on zimmerman's head.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Faithful Patriot

    To honor Trayvon and to bring down this violence we need to advertise and encourage more concealed carry citizens. Remember, an armed society is a polite society.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Jordan

    I have an idea, lets not carry sidearms when we enforce authority over people minding their own business.

    There was a kid walking through the streets, he was stalked by a man with a gun. The altercation became violent, and as the enforcer the man with the gun didn't back down; rather he stood his ground and continued the altercation.

    Police officers arrest or stop citizens in their vehicles for traffic offenses but end in fatal shootings because the suspect resists arrest.

    Enforcement that permits fatal endings over people committing non-violent crimes is absurd.

    Even if Treyvon was breaking into homes it does not warrant an armed citizen's intervention. We are in America, not Afghanistan. We are educated, humble, and able individuals who have built the greatest nation in the world with critical thinking and creative problem solving.

    There has got to be a better way to stop petty crime than running after the offenders with guns; the mentality is fostering our current climate of gun violence.

    July 14, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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