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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