President Barack Obama believes racial deaths and gun violence must be addressed because the death of Trayvon Martin is a type of tragedy that happens "all too often," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday.
Carney noted that Obama is "keenly aware" of the broader issues of racial profiling and of gun control, which have emerged in the public debate in the wake of the verdict Saturday night that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the Sanford, Fla. shooting last year, The Washington Times reported
"This goes to the broader issues that we have as a community in this country that we need to address about how we can . . . come together and take action together to ensure that this kind of tragic death doesn’t happen again, because it happens all too often," said Carney of the case and the divisive verdict, which has sparked protests and violence. "And it speaks to the problem of gun violence in this country, and it speaks to . . . how we understand each other."
As the Justice Department reviews the case for possible civil rights violations, the parents of Martin have called on the president for further investigations of the case, the Times reported.
Speaking to "CBS This Morning," Sybrina Fulton said she wants the president to "at least go through it with a fine-toothed comb and just make sure all the T’s were crossed and all the I’s were dotted, because this is sending a terrible message."
Carney said the president, who previously issued a statement on the verdict, will take up the broader issues of race and gun violence.
"The president has talked about the issues of race, obviously, in the past, and has acted on a number of issues that have to do with improving the racial dynamic in our country and — whether that goes to his position on voting rights or affirmative action or on his economic agenda," Carney said.
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