This is a rush transcript from "Your World," July 15, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
STUART VARNEY, GUEST HOST: Welcome, everyone. I'm Stuart Varney, in for Neil Cavuto, and this is "Your World." And Fox on top of the fallout over the Zimmerman verdict. While most of the protests have remained peaceful, some have not. In Oakland, California, angry demonstrators setting fires, breaking windows, burning the American flag. In New York, thousands of protesters taking to the streets, blocking traffic, and virtually shutting down Times Square.
Ground zero in all of this, Sanford, Florida, where the verdict came down. To Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott who is appealing for calm.
You have calm in Florida, Governor.
GOV. RICK SCOTT, R-FLA.: Yes, we do.
But, look, I'm a father, I'm a grandfather. Our heart goes out to the Trayvon Martin family. Losing a 17-year-old son, your heart goes out to them. I met the parents, sat down with them. Introduced them to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and let them know I was bringing in a special prosecutor.
Look, your heart goes out to them. I'm thankful for those jurors. That's a tough trial, and to go through all that and deliberate, it's tough.
VARNEY: What's your reaction to the Justice Department suggesting it could bring criminal federal charges? If it did, that would bring the whole thing back again.
SCOTT: Well, they have got to make a decision on their own.
VARNEY: How would you respond if they said, yes, we're going ahead with a federal criminal probe?
SCOTT: Sure. I would have to look at it at the time.
But I think everybody ought to focus now on what happened to that family. They lost a son. I am appreciative of the jurors, I'm appreciative of how the Trayvon Martin family has handled it, and I'm glad we have a jury system, and I'm thankful for that.
VARNEY: Now, back in March of 2012, right after the event, the president made a statement -- went in front of the cameras and made a statement about the Trayvon Martin case -- and right after the verdict was delivered, he made another statement which I will quote from in a moment.
But, first, do you think that the president inserted himself into the judicial system? Because that has been the subject of some criticism.
SCOTT: Sure. I don't know if he did or didn't. What I just think about is, I think about the family, I think about the fact we have a jury system and I'm appreciative of that. Those six women jurors, that was a tough trial. They deliberated. It's hard. Angela Corey, a very tough prosecutor.
VARNEY: She is being criticized heavily.
SCOTT: But she is a tough prosecutor, one of the toughest in the nation.
VARNEY: Did she overcharge?
SCOTT: Oh, I don't know, but she's a tough prosecutor.
But, look, the Martin family lost a son. Let's mourn that son. You feel sorry for them. As a father and a grandparent, I really feel sorry for them.
VARNEY: Let me quote to you from President Obama's statement, which he issued right after the verdict was announced.
He said: "We should ask ourselves if we are 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."
What do you make of that statement?
SCOTT: Well, we shouldn't turn this into politics.
This was a tragedy. That family has been hurt forever. We shouldn't turn this into politics.
VARNEY: Do you think that the president, though, was maybe calling for Florida to take a second look at stand your ground, that law?
SCOTT: Well, here's what I did.
Once this -- the Trayvon Martin case happened, I put together a bipartisan commission and we went through -- or they went through and looked at it, and their recommendation is we not make any changes, that it's working the way it was intended.
VARNEY: And you're going with that?
VARNEY: Will you make any changes of any kind to the judicial system or to the rules and regulations in place following this trial and the verdict?
SCOTT: Well, here -- with stand your ground, I had a task force and their recommendation is we not make any changes.
VARNEY: OK. And Florida is calm as we speak.
Look, we have a great state. People care about each other in our state. We're at a 42-year low in our crime rate. Our sheriffs and our police chiefs, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, they do a great job.
VARNEY: Did you take special precautions?
VARNEY: You knew the verdict would be coming down. You moved people in place to keep a lid on things?