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
8 years 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. Adam

    I don't like that he's taking sides, but at least he's addressing the real issue here: why was George Zimmerman allowed to carry a gun?

    July 14, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Hunter

    I don't see how the death of Trayvon was a "tragedy for the whole country" unless every violent death is a tragedy for the whole country. How many black men were killed by other black men in Chicago or Philadelphia or Memphis or DC of New York City that same day or week? What makes Trayvon's death any more of a national tragedy than any of those? Just a rabble rousing, self serving statement. Disgraceful.

    July 14, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. nobama

    ok no make a statement for the remaining X thousands of murders that occur every year in this country, and the ones you commit overseas

    July 14, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Name

    Zimmerman isn't dead, his wounds healed and he's a free man. That's his compassion

    July 14, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Jon

    Obama shouldn't be choosing sides! Set your personal feelings aside Mr. President!

    July 14, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. beatrice bentley

    The President has spoken, however, we need to ask ourselves is it alright to let our children/young men to leave the house at a certain time at night since they have become a target of our society. Protect your children/young son. They are our responsibility until they realizes that they are not a victim of our society, but they are the future of our county.

    July 14, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Chris Morris

    And why as a nation should we be honoring Martin? Men, women, young adults, children are caught up in violence every single day – why is Obama not worried about honoring all of them. Regardless of what anyone thinks, the prosecution did not do its job to prove its case. If Zim had his concealed carry permit and was in fact involved in a fight, then it could have easily been self defense. No permit, but carrying would have been an entirely different outcome. The justice system played out and the outcome was evident. It did not matter what the outcome was, people were not going to be happy on the other side.

    July 14, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Oodo Andrew

    The president had said it all.I wish the family of Trawmon Martins to take it as God's wish,God is the creator,He gives,and He takes.

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. reisahala

    No one pays but those who are directly involved. Both are now dead.

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Boater39

    For those against bringing gun violence into this... Did a GUN not kill Trayvon? If Mr Zimmerman didn't have a gun, this would never have happened. Which well-regulated militia is Zimmerman a member of, again? I seem to have forgotten....

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Obama your statement was worst then when you open your mouth and didn't know the facts. I think the President that go to other countries on our pay would spend as much time finding the truth first. We like to know what Obama does because he has countries hate us. Drink a lot of beer, play golf and putting in stupid laws.. HE is a waste of our time. He makes Carter, .Nixon and both Bush look like a great Presidents.

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Bill Clay

    It's funny how the same reactionaries who reviled the OJ Simpson jury now tell us, "The jury has spoken".

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. The AntiObama

    Elizabeth Morris has it right. No call for compassion for Zimmerman, and only now a quasi-reconciliatory message because he just stopped short of calling for his conviction recently. We don't need an activist president. We need a people's president. Obama doesn't understand that. He's a fool and I wouldn't be surprised if we have presidential convictions instead of pardons when he's through.

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Name MagnusBiblicus

    Gee... As a response too Zimmerman being found NOT GUILTY, our PotUS is talking about the (supposed) needed for gun control.


    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. David

    Well the problem we need to deal with is all these Religions, America was founded on Christianity.


    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Jennifer NY

    Obama should have asked for compassion and respect for Mr. Zimmerman. He has been investigated to death by police, by FBI....he only feeds the misperceptions. It was highly inappropriate for him to comment on Trayvon to begin with. Where is the gun and pot Trayvon had in the photos on his cell?

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Br. Chuck

    Oh, and by the way....

    Don't you care about your brothers killing each other in Chicago?

    How many hundreds (thousands ?) have died killing each other there in your own hometown? not a peep of concern?
    not even about the proliferation of guns? in a town with probably the strictest laws on the books?
    Just goes to show the issue isn't about the guns, or the laws...
    ask yourself this, Barry....

    What is going on in the 'hood that all these brothers feel they have to lash out at each other in this way...
    what is the latest attrocity? a jury doing its duty and rendering a verdict (albeit one you would have preferred would start riots so you could march the troops across amerika?)
    11 Black men being killed at their brothers' hands in a 48 hour period in Chi-Town?

    You should be ashamed of yourself, sir....

    But we keep you in our prayers.

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. cowboybaby

    Hey Mr. Prez: Why do you and others want to keep fanning the race/hate flame? Butt out. Don't you have a real job somewhere?
    This was a case of self defense. Nothing more. Quit trying to project your own, unrelated, self serving agenda into this.
    Your "if I had a son" card failed. Now you want to try a "if he didn't have a gun" ploy to justify WHAT?
    You are nothing but a manipulator and con – enjoy it while you can – America has had it with you.

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Ajax

    This was a great statement. The Law is not and should not be carried out by popular vote. It is bigger then that and there will be times when it does not turn out in our favor. There is a reason why justice is blind. And there is a reason Aristotle said, "The law is reason, free from passion."

    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. laylow

    – For the Record –
    Our Court of Law Documented Evidence of Racism.
    Comments on Record from Rachel Jeantel in regards
    to Mr Martin's Statement about the Defendant.

    Mr. Martin threw the first Punch after making such a Statement,
    Resulting in a Hate Crime.


    July 14, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Sentient

    Good words. We need action to fulfill them for them to be truly effective. Each person is responsible for their own well being and growth. Instead by and large the nation has become a place of hate, judgmental attitudes, fear mongering and prejudice. Peace begins with the individual. Do YOUR part people by becoming that peace.

    July 14, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. SilverHair

    Typical right-wing Florida justice.

    July 14, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. n2it

    What about compassion for George? He's a human that has civil rights too.

    July 14, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. jko

    Gun violence is not the top killer of our youth, it is not even the second biggest killer of the youth of our nation. Gun violence has steadily dropped since 1993, it is now approximately 1/2 of what it was then. Any death is tragic, but should we not focus on the bigger problems? Why is this administration so fixated on gun violence and gun control to the exclusion of the problems that are getting worse ? Why work on a problem that is already getting better and seems headed in the right direction? Let's try to keep improving and keep gun related deaths decreasing, but let's prioritize our efforts and our money and our political capital on the bigger growing issues.

    July 14, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Mike

    How does an American black family live in the country of their birth, yet are unwelcome by so many? Stripped of our cultural and familial ties to our mother continent hundreds of years ago, and unwelcome in the land that we were forcibly brought to, especially now that we can no longer be utilized as free labor, where do we go? Where can we call home? Or should we just make the majority more comfortable and simply disappear altogether?

    We didn't create this mess. America did.

    July 14, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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