The president used the highly personal comments to, in his words, put the angst in the black community in “context.” And he also appeared to give his support to Attorney General Eric Holder’s call earlier in the week for a review of “stand-your-ground” laws. The laws allow people to use lethal force if they feel threatened — even if they might have the option of retreating.
“If we’re sending a message as a society … that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?” Obama said.
Martin was standing over Zimmerman ground and pounding his head into the concrete, and Obama says that Zimmerman should have retreated.
Obama also believes that the weather is getting worse and that warming has accelerated over the last decade.