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Obama: Trayvon Martin death a tragedy for America

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Updated: 7/14/2013 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy for America.

Obama says he knows the not-guilty verdict reached late Saturday has elicited strong passions around the country. In a statement released Sunday, Obama is asking that all Americans respect the call for calm reflection.

There have been a number of rallies and protests, most of which have been peaceful.

Obama says Americans should ask themselves if they're doing all they can to stem gun violence, and what can be done to prevent future tragedies like the Florida shooting.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Martin, an unarmed teen. Martin's killing in February 2012 unleashed debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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imtellin - 7/15/2013 5:49 PM
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correction,, 100 murders & other shootings & stabbings, machete attacks...and good old fashioned brute force/blunt trauma !!! where's the outrage there ??? not a fuggin peep out of ya peeps !!!

imtellin - 7/15/2013 5:45 PM
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jus wonderin why all this outrage over some scumbag 17 year old,, & not 1 word about all the brothers killing each other & others in j'ville ???in the past 17 months there have been over 100 murders in j'ville, and maybe 3 little lived outcries over them !! that's 17 murders a month on average folks !!!and in the last week the bus stop, the cvs, the bbq joint, 2 at golden corral, the body in the cemetary, a couple on the n'side & just 3 hours ago the guy shot dead in his doorway in broad daylight !! and you are all worked up over some punk ash thug ??? AMAZING !!!simply amazing !! no t.v.'s this time folks !!! course ya could always try !!!

Common Sense - 7/15/2013 5:12 PM
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To all u punk coward ass crackers, that b$#ch Zimmerman went to play tough guy and got his ass beat by a 17 year old. His punk ass is 29 and needed a gun to hold off a 17 year old. All u coward crackers know u don't stand a chance against a black man. Had that b$#ch Zimmerman not had a gun, he wouldn't have even followed. U b#$ches know y'all place. Black men have been slapping y'all like the b#$ches y'all are for years and years. But now y'all can beware of this: there are plenty of black men with legal gun permits just waiting on a 17 year old white boy to walk through the neighborhood so they can blast his ass. VERDICT: NOT GUILTY. Respect it when it comes back around...

BIGAL - 7/15/2013 2:14 PM
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Following someone in ur neighborhood when you are on the watch comity because you have never seen them before is NO crime nor is it an act of aggression. Beating the snot out of someone IS a crime. Its simple cut and dry.

whosaysnocan - 7/15/2013 8:10 AM
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Really people? One has to bring up abortion, others just have to spew their hatred for this president. How can he be the "worst" president ever? Just because you were the "sheep" behind the last president and his despicable VP, you will "excuse them for what they did to this country. I can hear you know, do not bring that up, but you will not admit the way this country went into a nose dive in those 8 years. I do not agree with Mr. Obama that Trayvon's death was a "tragedy for American." As we all have read/heard concerning this, IF Zimmerman, the "adult" in this, had done what he was told to do, stand down, this would not have become the quagmire that it is. Yes, the kid was a problem, his "parents" failed him. This brought on his "thug" attitude. He evidently did not have the parenting with discipline to be punished for its bad behavior. Apparently no consequences for being removed from school and for what we have been told, his overall punk attitude. "angels072258"~I believe in prayer. But as you probably know "empty" prayer serves no one other than the person that does it to show their "holiness." Many I have known over the years know how to ask for their personal wants, forget about one's "neighbor." See how "religious" some groups of people are more concerned about how they look vice what it is to truly have the personal relationship with Jesus that is taught by His word? What saddens me is the lack of responsibility and facing the consequences of the choices many make that bring about episodes in the continued fracturing of America.

Realchange - 7/15/2013 12:04 AM
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Will the real Martin stand up for Obama? You know the one that has Thug criminal history just not sent to jail. Stood Nearly 6 ft. tall actual height at 5 Ft 11 inch. Bragged about his fighting all the time, wanting to buy street guns, caught with stolen women's jewelry ( just holding the back pack for friend was all), suspended for fighting to much in school on multiple occasions. Bragging about how much pot he smoked regularly. Much much more on his record in school and his cell phone records. To bad the real Martin is not shown to the world instead we get this good little kid photo that is nothing like his real size and looks at the night of the attack.

Razor17 - 7/14/2013 10:52 PM
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Obama is a scumbag president and should be impeached.

angels072258 - 7/14/2013 9:03 PM
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It really saddens me to hear all the bitterness that people have in their hearts. People are always wanting to blame another individual for all the hatred and violence. We should turn away from such things and Cry out to Almighty God and Repent of our Sins and He will Heal our Land. I guess some people forget how to ask for forgiveness.

doug1 - 7/14/2013 8:44 PM
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hey b.o. you are the worst, most idiotic president in history. after 2014 you'll be an idiot lame duck president. what the Brunswick baby murders done by two BLACK PUNK PANTS ON THE GROUND STUPID THUGS. i bet if the baby was black and the thugs al jesse the rest of the "group" would all be here. hey,barry, do what you do best, go hide in a corner. doug1.

Gunny48 - 7/14/2013 7:33 PM
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...get any political (points) for these...
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