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President Obama Issues Statement on Trayvon Martin Verdict

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President Obama issued a statement Sunday afternoon in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial calling for "calm reflection" following "a tragedy for America."

On Saturday night, Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder for the death of Trayvon Martin, which incited immediate controversy and plans for protests across the country.

Obama’s full statement reads 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.

Last March, the President addressed the shooting death of the teenager during a White House press conference. "My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said. "All of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves."

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