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Obama goes political over Trayvon Martin case

By Capitol Hill Blue
July 15, 2013

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama is using the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of the man who shot him to push his anti-gun agenda.

Obama, in a statement released Sunday, called Martin’s death a tragedy for America and said 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

The President said he knows the not-guilty verdict reached late Saturday elicited strong passions around the country.

He asked  all Americans respect the call for calm reflection and, so far, most of the rallies and protests have been peaceful.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Martin, an unarmed teen, but the killing in February 2012 brought debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.
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9 Responses to Obama goes political over Trayvon Martin case

  1. Bill Cravener

    July 15, 2013 at 8:09 am

    George Zimmerman is nothing more then a frustrated cop wannabe. Over the years he placed scores of calls to the police where he pursued shoplifters, irate drivers, folks who own pit bulls, potholes on the roads, children playing in the streets, open garage doors and many calls about youths he felt were suspicious, usually black males. In one case he chased a reckless driver while calling 911 where the driver later told police he was terrified that Zimmerman was going to attack him.

    This self-appointed neighborhood watchman pursued Trayvon through the gated community where Zimmerman lived describing his every move to a dispatcher who made it clear to Zimmerman he did not need to pursue the young man. A scuffle ensued and Zimmerman shot the 17 year old boy dead. What is it that people can’t seem to get thru their thick heads about the word watchman? The word watchman does not mean pursue.

    I meet people like Zimmerman too often that carry a gun and in almost every case they act like tough cowboys loving the power the gun gives them. If I had been in Trayvon’s position I too would have approached Zimmerman in anger wanting to know why he was pursuing me. People like Zimmerman exist to be but one thing and that is a tough guy when in reality he’s nothing more then a pathetic coward.

    I do feel some justice out of this tragedy, this death of a 17 year old boy, and that is George Zimmerman’s life is ruined just as Casey Anthony’s life is ruined for the rest of their pathetic lives!

    • David

      July 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Webster definition of a scuffle – a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters

      Bill Cravener’s definition of a scuffle – Trayvon on top of Zimmerman repeatedly striking him in the face and skull MMA style with his fists

    • Carl Nemo **==

      July 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      “People like Zimmerman exist to be but one thing and that is a tough guy when in reality he’s nothing more then a pathetic coward.” …extract from post

      Mr. Cravener…who isn’t a coward in your book? This word seems to be at the forefront, as a descriptor of the actions of many if not most people regardless of the article content.

      Granted Zimmerman seemed to be a law enforcement obsessed zealot, but upon reading Trayvon’s profile he seemed to enjoy acting like an obnoxious, dangerous ‘thug’ and ultimately paid the supreme price for doing so. It’s a case of one unstable personality meeting another in time and space…no? The reaction is like that of matter meeting antimatter…poof! Problem solved.

      Trayvon is dead and Zimmerman’s life is ruined at least within the confines of the USA.

      Carl Nemo **==

      p.s. If I recall correctly you promised to lay off your tagging folks with the word coward in the recent article by Mr. Thompson concerning anonymous posting being linked to ‘cowardice’.

  2. Wayne K Dolik

    July 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Anyone knows beating up a member of law enforcement is likely to get you shot if the officer feels that, his or her life is in danger. Nuff said.

  3. therealraven

    July 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    This was not OJ with any clever semantics. Six women who from what I gather were not closet rednecks listened and deliberated. There was a mountain of transparency as as trial progressed it seemed more and more like the prosecution just did not have a strong case.

  4. Keith

    July 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Sadly, just like the theater massacre in Colorado, and the school shootings in Connecticut, I’m now convinced that what happened to Trayvon Martin is the DIRECT result of living in a nation where there are as many lethal firearms in private hands as there are citizens.

    For, without all those firearms in private hands, there probably wouldn’t be nearly as much violent crime in the US as there is now.

    And without all that violent crime, there would most likely be no need for self-appointed, so-called “watchmen” who firmly believe they must take matters into their own hands to “protect” both themselves and their neighbors from such crimes.

    Toss in the fact that, even though these “watchmen”
    are armed to the teeth, they lack both the training and the official protection that a REAL law enforcement officer would have when such incidents (like this one) go horribly wrong.

    Clearly, what happened to Travyon Martin was most unfortunate.

    But, I also fear that in the burgeoning “United Police States of America”…where ordinary citizens now feel they must barricade themselves behind iron-barred windows and doors (and then keep all manner of horrifically lethal firearms at the ready) just to feel “safe”…what recently happened in Colorado, Connecticut (and now Florida) is only the beginning.

  5. woody188

    July 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    It’s easy to stop gun violence. Don’t attack people that might be armed!

  6. TheRealRaven

    July 16, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Looting now taking place. I guess “free stuff” is not enough.

    Which one of the members of the jury were racist? I’m confused about that. Is this like Paula Deen were evidence existed?

  7. Keith

    July 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Was it political?

    Absolutely!

    Indeed, if MY poll ratings were tanking (even among my left-wing faithful) from serial scandals (NSA, IRS, AP reporters, botched Snowden extraditions, etc.) I, too, would be looking for something…ANYTHING…to prop up my sagging poll numbers and get the MSM off my tail.

    Unfortunately, Mr. President, your decision to hitch your wagon to the continuing campaign of racial hatred being perpetually peddled by Messiers Sharpton, Jackson and Holder, et al) in the Zimmerman trial farce is now coming back to haunt you…big time.

    Indeed now that Mr Zimmerman has been absolutely acquitted and the whole chicanery surrounding this media-induced mockery of a trial has been exposed for what it was (a pumped-up farce) I think your feeble attempt at “Wagging The Dog” has now very much backfired on you.

    That’s because now that the ENTIRE story about what REALLY happened that night in Florida has come to light, I also think most Americans believe the team of government prosecutors in the case should be disbarred, tarred and feathered, and them marched off to jail themselves.

    Clearly, you and your racist buddies tried to politically exploit an obvious case of self-defense. First, you and your so-called “justice” department looked the other way when Florida prosecutors DELIBERATELY withheld crucial evidence from the defense. You then continued your kowtowing to the politically correct (but nonetheless racist) lie that only black lives killed by non-blacks really matters.

    This is probably also why there are STILL no headlines, no protests, no prosecutions and no Al Sharptons, Jessie Jacksons or Eric Holders (et al) being sent off to meddle in the nonstop black-on-black slaughter that is now ongoing NIGHTLY in the so-called “gun-free” zone of your hometown of
    Chicago.

    Indeed, it is a proven fact that blacks have now killed more blacks JUST IN CHICAGO than the absolutely evil, Ku Klux Klan EVER did in the entire 50 years of its existence. In 2012 alone, that number topped 700.

    But, then again Mr. President, somehow I don’t expect we’ll ever hear a peep out of you or your racist cronies Sharpton, Jackson or Holder wringing their hands on CNN, HLN or the rest of the mainstream media, over any of THOSE individual tragedies…each one killed just as dead as Trayvon Martin was.

    And that, Mr. President, is the REAL tragedy in all of this.