July 14, 2013
Obama responded to the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday by calling for renewed legislation aimed at the Second Amendment.
He did not attack the Bill of Rights directly, but instead admonished Americans for not doing enough “to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.”
Here is the entire statement by Obama. It was posted today on the White House website:
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.
It appears Obama, in addition to instructing the Justice Department to prosecute George Zimmerman for violating the “civil rights” of Trayvon Martin, will attempt to revisit so-called “gun control,” an effort that failed dismally earlier this year in a Democrat-controlled Senate.