Obama Responds to Zimmerman Verdict: ‘Stem the Tide of Gun Violence’ — For Trayvon

Breitbart – by JOEL B. POLLAK

President Barack Obama issued a long-awaited response Sunday afternoon to the acquittal of George Zimmerman Saturday evening, reminding Americans to temper “passions,” and that “we are a nation of laws and the jury has spoken.”

He added that Americans should “honor” the life of Trayvon Martin by committing to “stem the tide of gun violence,” and “ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion in our communities.”   

In March 2012, Obama had lent his political weight to those pressing for Zimmerman’s prosecution, saying that “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” In his statement Sunday, he did not comment on calls by the NAACP and others for a Department of Justice prosecution of Zimmerman on civil rights grounds.

Obama’s push for gun control laws foundered earlier this year in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The full statement is as follows:

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.


10 thoughts on “Obama Responds to Zimmerman Verdict: ‘Stem the Tide of Gun Violence’ — For Trayvon

  1. He added that Americans should..“stem the tide of gun violence”

    That’s funny, Obama, because the “tide of gun violence” hasn’t begun yet.

      1. Do you think an acquittal works better for that purpose, than a conviction?

        This way, those angry about Zimmerman being free can have emotions stirred up to demand some sort of action, such as disarming, the end of concealed carry, etc., more new laws and regulations and liability insurance for gun owners.

        Whereas a conviction might have brought some closure, less outrage, less call for action.

        1. WTF are you smoking? The outrage and calls for action are from rascist a$$hats Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and his tribe of love children.
          Most people of all colors have ignored the rants of these two and the imposter-in-chief and his Executer General Holder.

          1. Where I live (one of the most liberal parts of the country) there is a lot of outrage over the verdict. It can be hard sometimes to get a different perspective.

            But judging by the lack of rioting, I would say you are correct, that the baiting did not work, and people of all colors are seeing through those tactics. Thank goodness.

            Not smoking anything, darn it.

        2. EE, the so-called ‘government’ did not WANT a conviction. That woild have ruined everything. When was the last time you saw an angry mob of white people in this country rioting, looting and burning. This would only work for them if they managed to enrage the black community. That is not racist, it’s simply a fact. The people (and I use the term loosely) behind this have been doing the same thing for many centuries. It’s one of their fortes’. They always set race vs. race, ethnic group vs. ethnic group, religion vs. religion, and country vs. country, and then instigate anything likely to cause numerous deaths.

          1. #1, I think the ‘government’ wanted a trial (no grand jury?) and an acquittal, and hoped for a lot of outrage and if not outright rioting, then stirring the pot for the next time. And the bonus is that a gun was used and this can refocus everyone on the ‘need’ to stem ‘gun violence’ and get that back on the table.

            The good part would be if most people see through it and don’t take the bait. They may not take the race bait (?) but with rigged elections and any honest and aware (?) politicians in the minority or living in fear, and public hearings just for the purpose of being able to say you included stakeholders in the discussion, then voting how you are are told to anyway (even if counter to what the people want), I think the purpose of the acquittal is to try to divide us and provide false justification for disarming the population… to continue to infringe.

            (I think the word choice ‘infringe’ in our Bill of Rights is interesting anyhow; incremental erosion of this right was noticed for the damaging thing that it is)

          2. This case never should have gone to trial. They had literally NO compelling evidence to support the charge. They dealt in hearsay and innuendo, and played the race card to the limit (even though Zimmerman ISN’T white. Duh!) The sheriff who was ordered to arrest Zimmerman was fired for refusing to do so.

            This case was nothing more than a media circus production.

            Another bad one at that.

  2. Good question. Better yet, why no outcry from the imposter in chief about his hometown and Independence Day’s 74 shot and 12 dead.
    Wait!! I forgot those were black on black shootings. Not hispanic on black, so target white Americans.
    Hmmm, I guess nothing happened in reality, move on folks, nothing to see here. Focus your attention on getting even by attacking honest, lawful gun owners. Just ignore the fact that you are all slaves of the Zio-puppetmasters. We will care for all your needs from cradle to grave. All you have to do is peacefully accept the chains of bondage. The burden is heavy, but the chains are light. Do as you are told…

    FORK THAT! Chains were never meant for this carcass! NEVER!

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