Obama: This Is How We Should Honor Trayvon...
Calls for 'calm reflection' in wake of Zimmerman trial
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
President Barack Obama answers a reporter's question about the death of Trayvon Martin, March 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – As the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal continues to unfold—the Washington Post reports protests across the nation with more planned for the future—Obama has issued a statement, asking for Americans to "respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son," but also to ask themselves "if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence." The full statement, per CNN:

  • "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."
Earlier today, Republican Rep. Steve King accused Obama of politicizing the case on Fox News Sunday. "The president engaged in this and turned it into a political issue that should have been handled exclusively with law and order," he said, USA Today reports. But others are asking the Justice Department to get even more involved.

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Creepy_Ass_Cracker
Jul 17, 2013 8:19 PM CDT
If O'Dummy had a son he'd look like Trayvon? Of course - thug, gangsta wanabee, violent, low IQ, etc.
9SEABEE
Jul 16, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
Hey Obummer, how about doing your job of trying to run the country, which by the way we all think you're doing a bang-up job. Yeah, right. Honor your son on your own time. I believe you're trying to start a black/white war. And do you really think we believe that you're not intervening or having no affect on the DOJ witch hunt. You just need to STFU and go away. Why not emigrate back to your homeland.
Corsica
Jul 16, 2013 7:08 AM CDT
Honor Trayvon Martin? Are you fkg kidding me? What's to honor? This sh*t president keeps fkg making sh*t comments. STFU already! The other day a young Pakistani man was robbed of his cell phone then shot and killed by a black thug. The victim was up with his family at 3 am to have a Ramadan meal. Decent people are up at that hour to do decent things. Blacks are up at that hour to rob and kill. Where's the hue and cry there? Guess what opinion Pakistanis have of blacks?