A day after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, President Obama urged the country to respect the verdict. "I know this case has elicited strong passions," Obama said in a statement. "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." The president asked that people "widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities." He also encouraged the general public to think about ways to stop gun violence and prevent future tragedies.