Obama Statement on Zimmerman Verdict Leaves Out Race, Talks Guns

President Obama addressing the other gun case-- Sandy Hook.

President Barack Obama issued a statement in response to the George Zimmerman verdict. Interestingly, his statement failed to make note of the racial issue that plagued the George Zimmerman case. He points to the other big issue in the case: Gun control.  

Here's a copy of President Obama's statement on the Zimmerman verdict:

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.

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While the death of Trayvon Martin was a racial issue for many Americans, the secondary issue in the case was probably just as important. Gun control is a huge issue nowadays, with many notable and unfortunate headlines involving guns. Take, for example, the unfortunate case in Connecticut at Sandy Hook, where a gunman walked into an elementary school and killed several children. Or, another unfortunate example from the past few years-- the case of the gunman in the Wisconsin Sikh temple.

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The gun rights issue was overshadowed by the racial interplay that took center stage in the George Zimmerman trial. Yes, an unarmed black man was shot by a so-called "white latino."

But why was Zimmerman carrying a gun while driving around his neighborhood to begin with?

This time, the suspicous person was a young African American kid wearing a hoodie. Next time, it could be the Sikh man wearing a turban again. Or the young Muslim woman wearing a head scarf.

How many other George Zimmermans are there, driving around their neighborhoods, looking for "suspicious persons"?



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