Obama finally comments: To honor Trayvon Martin, fight for gun control

Barack Obama

Heeding the advice of a former chief of staff to “never let a crisis go to waste,” on Sunday President Barack Obama used the Zimmerman verdict in furtherance of his goal to enact ever stricter gun control.

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America,” Obama said in a Sunday address. “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.”

Okay, so far, so good. The president called for a lowering of passion and a time for reflection. But then he decided to drop the hammer.

“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,”he said. “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,” the statement said.”

And with that, the president transformed what could have been an above-the-fray memorable moment into another political message. Should we have expected anything different.

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31 thoughts on “Obama finally comments: To honor Trayvon Martin, fight for gun control

  1. Keith says:

    idiot. Obama is totally contradicting himself. Zimmerman was found not guilty so the jury decided he was defending his own life. How can this be gun violence? If anything, the gun saved Zimmerman's life. My comments are meant to make a point and NOT pass any opinions on the case itself.

  2. vince says:

    Keith the jury found Zimmerman not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Which does not mean he did not kill Trayvon intentionally, But mean that they could not prove that Zimmerman intentionally killed Trayvon. Secondly I think it's sad when ever you lose the life of a child and I say child because Trayvon was not of legal age and did have his whole life ahead of him. To gun violence because if Zimmerman did not have that gun he may have thought twice before following Trayvon in the first place down that alleyway in the middle of the night. kind of makes you think maybe he was looking for someone to confront and night watch is observe and report not confront. For that reason alone one should look at this differently that's the police job to confront. No doubt their where mistakes made that cost a young man (Trayvon) his life.

  3. vince says:

    stand your ground not follow and confront.

  4. Dian says:

    Please people wake up and see what the government is trying to do. Don't let them take away your rights, the rights our forefathers thought was important enough to fight for. Don't let the media brain wash you, they should be talking about how zimmermans life may have been saved because he was carrying a gun. Only 2 people know what actually happened that night. One of them was shot the other was found not guilty.

  5. vince says:

    Your right though about one thing we will never know exactly what happen between Trayvon and Zimmerman. and everything being said is just speculation about the case no matter how we may try to put it under a microscope. the truth is one person is alive and the other is dead those are the facts. What that means is we only have one persons story to go by period. We Know There are two sides to every story. I feel that this one began way before the firing of the weapon as do many others but when we look at situation at the evidence, what we got was a grown man I don't care if he was white, black, red, yellow, are blue. He went after a child and after be told not to follow continued in the same direction with a weapon on his person which he knew he had made a choose to take that Childs life and killed him, facts only. Because I'm sure the world want to ask him is what the hell where you thinking when you continued in the same direction as the child who clearly had a weight difference clearly had a disadvantage and maybe just maybe was fighting for his life and just could not stop Zimmerman from pulling the gun and firing upon him. Maybe Trayvon was afraid he wouldn't escape, the bullet.

  6. vince says:

    Your right though about one thing we will never know exactly what happen between Trayvon and Zimmerman. and everything being said is just speculation about the case no matter how we may try to put it under a microscope. the truth is one person is alive and the other is dead those are the facts. What that means is we only have one persons story to go by period. We Know There are two sides to every story. I feel that this one began way before the firing of the weapon as do many others but when we look at situation at the evidence, what we got was a grown man I don't care if he was white, black, red, yellow, or blue. He went after a child and after being told not to follow him continued in the same direction with a weapon on his person which he knew he had made a choose to take that Childs life and killed him, facts only. Because I'm sure the world want to ask him is what the hell where you thinking when you continued in the same direction as the child who clearly had a weight difference clearly had a disadvantage and maybe just maybe was fighting for his life and just could not stop Zimmerman from pulling the gun and firing upon him. Maybe Trayvon was afraid he wouldn't escape, the bullet.

  7. Gus Rateau says:

    Less guns less violance. Fewer dead people , has the NRA ever mention the stun guns ,lot cheaper I have one it worked .

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