Connecticut school shooting
December 14th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

Children and adults gunned down in Connecticut school massacre

  • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning
  • Three law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza, 20, was the shooter, and that he died apparently by his own hand
  • Suspect's mother, Nancy Lanza, found dead in suspect’s home in Newtown, law enforcement source says
  • Ryan Lanza, 24, older brother of Adam Lanza, questioned by police but not labeled a suspect, three law enforcement officials say
  • Below are the latest updates as they come to us. You also can read our story of the Connecticut school shooting

[Updated at 11:18 p.m. ET] Aimee Seaver, the mother of a first-grade girl at Sandy Hook and a fifth-grader who attends a different school, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that her children are having trouble dealing with what happened.

"It's a very rough night here," she said. "When your first-grader goes to bed and says, 'Mommy, is anyone from my class last year are they all OK?' and you look at them and say, 'I'm not really sure,' it's a rough night to tell that to your 7-year-old."

Her younger daughter has asked a lot of questions about Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was killed.

“She got wind very quickly that something was wrong with our principal, which we didn’t tell her till just now that yes, she was definitely hurt and it wasn’t good," Seaver said. "It’s taking her a while. I think tomorrow will probably be harder for her.

“I also have a fifth-grader who came off the bus crying because she … had a sister who she was worried about, and … just basically left that school a few months ago. I think for a lot of those kids, they kind of are a little older and can get it a little bit faster, even though they weren’t in it.

“So the questions, I think, are coming. They’re not here, yet, especially for the littler ones. It started as I put them to bed tonight, the questions.”

[Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET] Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at the school, says she locked her classroom doors and to keep her students calm read them a story until the police came.

Vollmer, her 19 students and the adult helpers in her classroom were not injured.

"You could hear what sounded like pops, gunshots. Of course, I’m not going to tell that to 5-year-olds, so I said to them, ‘We’re going over in a safe area,'" Vollmer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And we read a story and we kept them calm, did a lockdown drill, closed the doors, locked (them), covered the windows, and kept the children with us.”

She said the children knew something unusual was going on.

“It didn’t seem a natural thing (to the children), although we do practice drills," Vollmer said. "We said, ‘We’re not really sure, but we’re going to be safe, because we’re sitting over here and we’re all together.’”

When asked how she kept cool, she said: “With 5-year-olds, you can’t lose it. I’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s my 18th year of teaching. My job was to keep them safe."

"After we got down to the firehouse, later on, as a lot of the events started to unfold throughout the day  I think some of (the children) realized the magnitude of what was going on.," she said. "They saw other people upset. We just held them close until their parents came and we released them.”

[Updated at 8:58 p.m. ET] Denise Correia says her daughter, a Sandy Hook Elementary second-grader who was not injured, heard the gunshots from the classroom she was in. The girl, while talking about the shooting with Correia, has been mentioning slain principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung "quite a lot."

"I think everyone's coping as best as they possibly can," Correia told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I'm letting her talk. She's mentioned quite a bit about the principal, who many of us have worked with. I adored her. I worked with her personally with my business. That is one person I know we have lost on a personal level."

Correia said she has heard that her daughter's teacher, when the gunfire started, grabbed two kids from the hallway, put them into her classroom with other students, locked the door and gathered the students to a side of the room away from the gunfire. "She did a very heroic thing," Correia said of the teacher.

"The kids are going to suffer from this," Correia said. "... We lost a lot of babies today in this town, and there are a lot of very sad families."

[Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET] One injured victim, a female employee of the school, is "doing well," Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

[Updated at 7:53 p.m. ET] The public release of the victims' names may come on Saturday morning, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance says.

Vance said investigators have made preliminary identifications of the bodies, and that they've notified the appropriate families. But investigators want to make final, positive identifications before releasing the names to the media.

"It's a horrific scene," Vance said. "Between our mutual experience, we've never seen anything like this."

Vance said the next briefing from state police would be at 8 a.m. ET Saturday.

[Updated at 7:48 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, says her thoughts and prayers are with the families.

"This really hits close to home," said DeLauro, who said she is visiting her grandchildren in Washington, D.C. "These beautiful young angels who had so much to live for and it seems so senseless. Unthinkable that this could happen ,but it has, and now, as the president said, we come together, we wrap our arms around these families and hold them close to our hearts."

[Updated at 7:10 p.m. ET] Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered his prayers for the families of those affected by the Connecticut shooting, according to a release from the group.

The shooting "wrenches the hearts of all people," he said.

"Once again we speak against the culture of violence infecting our country even as we prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace at Christmas," Dolan said. "All of us are called to work for peace in our homes, our streets and our world, now more than ever.”

Faisal Ali, right, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, joins other people outside the White House in Washington, D.C., to participate in a vigil to remember the Connecticut school shooting on Friday.

[Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET] A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says the three guns found at the shooting site were legally purchased by Nancy Lanza, the mother of the suspect in the shooting.

According to the law enforcement official, the Glock and Sig Sauer handguns were found inside the school with the deceased gunman. The Bushmaster was found in a car outside the school. The official did not know if the car was registered to the gunman, to his mother or to someone else.

The official echoed what other law enforcement officials have told CNN: That Adam Lanza was the suspected gunman, and that he died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

[Updated at 6:44 p.m. ET] Three U.S. law enforcement officials, from different agencies, separately tonight identified the suspected shooter as Adam Lanza, contrary to what investigators had said previously. It is not clear what caused the confusion among investigators.

His older brother, Ryan, was taken into custody for general questioning from a home in Hoboken, New Jersey. Officials did not label Ryan Lanza as a suspect. It is unclear when he may be released.

One of the officials say Adam’s father was also taken in for similar questioning. There is no indication that the father will be charged. The official noted the father has remarried and lives with his new wife in a residence in the general area of Connecticut not too far from where his ex-wife lived.

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators at the scene as they piece together exactly what happened and when. She says she’s learned that the mother of the suspected shooter, Nancy Lanza, was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown.

“Earlier we had information that she was found in the classroom. However, now I’m being told that in fact her body was found at the suspect's residence," Candiotti said. "We don't know whether she also lived there. We also don't know the timeline when was she killed? Was she killed before the shooting began at the school? These are the things that authorities are still trying to piece together.”

[Updated at 6:02 p.m. ET] "Evil visited this community today," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy just told reporters in Newtown. "And it's too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut - we're all in this together.

"We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. We will get through it. But this is a terrible time for this community and these families."

[Updated at 5:14 p.m. ET] The mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in her son's residence in Newtown, a law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN. CNN had previously identified the mother as Nancy Lanza, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary, according to law enforcement sources.

The source also told CNN there was no body found in the house searched by authorities in Hoboken, New Jersey. Two law enforcement sources say a man was taken away from questioning from that house. He is believed to be the brother of the shooter, according to the sources.

The first law enforcement source says the school shooter was dressed in "black battle fatigues and a military vest."

The Bushmaster .223 found at the scene is a semi automatic weapon, the source says. Two other weapons found were handguns, a Sig-Sauer and a Glock.

[Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET] We just learned that Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be speaking at Treadwell Park in Newtown, Connecticut, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 5:04  p.m. ET] We've just received a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the shooting:

"School shootings are always incomprehensible and horrific tragedies. But words fail to describe today's heartbreaking and savage attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As the father of two children in elementary school, I can barely imagine the anguish and losses suffered today by the Newtown community.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to every parent, child, teacher, staff member, and administrator at Sandy Hook and the surrounding community. And our thanks go out to every teacher, staff member, and first responder who cared for, comforted, and protected children from harm, often at risk to themselves. We will do everything in our power to assist and support the healing and recovery of Newtown."

[Updated at 5:01  p.m. ET] Law enforcement officials are not prepared to identify the shooter right now, Connecticut State PoliceLt. J. Paul Vance said in a press conference.

Vance said that they are working diligently at the crime scene as well as with the medical examiner to identify the victims.

"We will leave no stone unturned," Vance added about the entire investigation.

[Updated at 4:54 p.m. ET] We are now being told there was no body found in the Hoboken, New Jersey, home as had been previously reported.

[Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET] We have learned that Connecticut police have searched the suspected gunman's home and place of employment in the wake of Friday's mass shooting, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

They have also interviewed his friends, relatives and "everyone who possibly had any connection with him whatsoever," he said.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] Police did not discharge their weapons at any time when responding at the school, police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. However, he could not confirm whether the suspected shooter - who died at the scene - killed himself, saying that would have to be determined by the medical examiner.

[Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET] Mark Kelly, who's lived through this kind of horror, has issued a statement. He's the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head at a massacre in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2011. Here's what he said:

I just woke up in my hotel room in Beijing, China, to learn that another mass shooting has taken place - this time at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire community of Newtown, CT. I just spoke to Gabby, and she sends her prayers from Tucson.

As we mourn, we must sound a call for our leaders to stand up and do what is right. This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow, and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws - and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait.

[Updated at 3:56 p.m. ET] The principal killed was Dawn Hochsprung. We received this photo via Newtown.Patch.com.

[Updated at 3:54 p.m. ET] Three guns were found at the scene, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports. According to a law enforcement source, the third weapon found on the scene was a .223 Bushmaster. The other weapons, previously reported, are a Glock, and a Sig-Sauer. No word on the models of Glock or Sig-Sauer.

[Updated at 3:51 p.m. ET] A federal law enforcement source tells CNN's John King the information from the scene is that the shooter arrived and headed directly toward and to his mother’s classroom. That and the other information now emerging - another family member killed, police interviews lead them to believe his mother was the primary target. But they note he also came armed with clear intention of mass killing.

[Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET] There were a total of 27 people dead at the school, Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said.

Six adults, 20 children and the shooter were killed. Eighteen students were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died at the hospital, said Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. The six adults died at the scene.

[Updated at 3:43 p.m. ET] Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance has just said that the shooting took place in one section of the school and in two rooms.

[Updated at 3:33 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy called the mass shooting "a tragedy of unspeakable terms."

"Earlier today a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community," Malloy said, adding that "you can never be prepared for this kind of incident.

"A number of our citizens, beautiful children, had their life taken away from them as well as adults whose responsibility it was to educate and supervise those children," Malloy said.

[Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET] It appears that another member of the alleged shooter's family is dead. A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says a brother of the alleged shooter was found dead in a home searched in Hoboken, New Jersey. We already knew the suspect's mother was found dead in the elementary school.

(6:43 p.m. ET update CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators and has now learned that the mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown. No brother of the suspect has been found dead, and no one has been found dead in the home in Hoboken, New Jersey, investigators say.)

[Updated at 3:16 p.m. ET] From the president: "I offered Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation."

The president appears to be emotional, he's wiping his eye.

Here's more of what he's saying:

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent.

"That was especially true today.

"I know there's not a parent in America that doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.

"They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.

Obama sighed.

"Among the fallen were also teachers - men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children and the families of the adults we lost.

"Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

"As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago - these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

"This evening Michelle and I will do what every parent in America will do - hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them.

"There are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us tonight.

"May God bless the memory of the victims and in the words of scripture heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds."

[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] The president will talk soon. You can watch him on our live stream here.

[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] President Obama has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims “of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut,” according to a release from the White House.

[Updated at 3:09 p.m. ET] The suspect's mother was shot and killed at the school, according to source close to the investigation. She was a teacher there.

And we now know that Ryan Lanza, the suspected gunman, was 24.

(6:44 p.m. ET update (Three U.S. law enforcement officials say the suspected gunman was Adam Lanza, not his brother Ryan Lanza as officials had previously said. It is not clear what caused the confusion among investigators. Ryan Lanza was picked up from a home in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Friday and has been questioned but has not been labeled as a suspect, officials now say. Also, CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators and has now learned that the mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown)

[Updated at 3:01 p.m. ET] The principal and guidance counselor at Sandy Hook Elementary School were both killed during the shooting, according to a witness that spoke to CNN.

[Updated at 2:52 p.m. ET] We have just learned via a tweet from House Speaker John Boehner that flags at the U.S. Capitol will be lowered.

[Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET] President Obama will make a statement on the tragedy at 3:15 p.m. ET. We'll have that live on CNN TV and right here.

[Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET] Various locations are being used as staging areas around Newtown. This is outside the Newtown Methodist Church near the school where a woman is hugging a child.

[Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET] Federal law enforcement officials have told CNN's John King that the shooting happened quickly and happened in a concentrated area.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Malloy will be in Newtown and talk about the tragedy today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET] We are now hearing from CNN's Mary Snow, who is reporting from outside the suspect's home, that dozens of law enforcement officials are on the scene.

Neighbors are "shaken," Snow said.

[Updated at 2:11 p.m. ET] CNN's Susan Candiotti has just reported that a law enforcement official tells her the suspect is named Ryan Lanza and he is in his 20s.

[Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET] We're hearing even more devastating news out of Newtown, Connecticut. CNN's Susan Candiotti has been told that 18 to 20 of the dead are children.

[Updated at 2:07 p.m. ET] CNN's Jessica Yellin is reporting that we're likely to hear from President Obama today on the school shooting, according to a senior administration official. We don't know when our where we may hear from President Obama.

[Updated at 2:04 p.m. ET] Lisa Procaccini, the parent of an 8-year-old at the school, tells CNN that her daughter said school officials kept her calm during the shooting and told her the loud noise was hammering going on.

Eventually police came in and let her daughter and her teacher leave the school building.

"I'm even kind of numb about what's going on," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I'm in a state of shock. I don't know how Im going to handle having [my daughter] know ... about the whole situation."

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET]  The death toll is closer to 30 than 20, a federal law enforcement source in Washington told CNN's John King.  Most of those killed are children, the source said.

The source also said the suspected gunman, who is dead, had a connection to the school. He would not elaborate on that connection. The source is in touch with authorities on the scene.

[Updated at 1:53 p.m. ET] Congresswoman-elect Elizabeth Esty, who was recently won a seat representing a district that includes Newtown, Connecticut, just released the following statement on the tragedy:

As a mother, I can only begin to imagine what the students, parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary must be experiencing. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this horrific tragedy. While details are still emerging, I hope for the safety and well being of the children, teachers and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary and for the Newtown community.

[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] We have just learned that the suspected shooter is 20-years-old, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 1:47 p.m. ET] A few more details from the White House press briefing earlier. White House spokesman Jay Carney said while today is not the day to debate gun policy, an assault weapons ban "does remain a commitment" of President Obama.

[Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET]  We are now learning that a male is being questioned by investigators, but he is not being called a suspect, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

[Updated at 1:42 p.m. ET] Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said the shooter is dead inside the school.

Vance said there are a number of fatalities that includes both children and adults. He did not add more details about how many people were killed during the school shooting.

[Updated at 1:41 p.m. ET] Police have now begun their briefing on the shooting.

[Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET] We're hearing more from the scene of the massacre through tweets and interviews.

[Updated at 1:23 p.m. ET] President Obama has spoken to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy to get the latest information and express his condolences, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

[Updated at 1:21 p.m. ET] We're now hearing that it may be a while for the briefing from the police.

[Updated at 1:17 p.m. ET] This was the scene from the air earlier, taken by News 12 Connecticut, with emergency vehicles in the school parking lot.

[Updated at 1:09 p.m. ET] The police are set to give a news conference soon where we'll learn more. We'll bring that to you as soon as it starts.

[Updated at 1:07 p.m. ET] Here's the chilling account told to CNN's Meredith Artley of what happened at the school.

[Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET] Many people are talking again about gun control. But White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't joining in for now.

"I think it's important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event.  There is, I'm sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don't think today is that day.

[Updated at 12:57 p.m. ET] From the News Times reporter at the school:

[Updated at 12:48 p.m. ET] "Close to 20” people have been killed, including at least 10 children, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation says.

[Updated at 12:47 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has been informed of the school shooting in Connecticut and will receive regular updates throughout the day, the White House said on Friday.

[Updated at 12:27 p.m. ET] The mom who spoke to CNN's Meredith Artley said she heard "at least 100 rounds" being fired.

The shooting began about 9:35 a.m., the parent said. There was a "pop pop pop" in the hall outside the room. Three people went out of the room into the hall where the sounds had come from. "Only one person came back," we were told.

The witness told Artley that she then called 911. She said she never saw the shooter but she later was escorted outside the room past two bodies lying in blood.

[Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET] A third-grader describes the shooting to WTNH:

[Updated at 12:16 p.m. ET] Two adults were killed, according to a parent who was at the school during the incident, and who talked to our colleague Meredith Artley.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] We just got this from U.S. Senator-elect Chris Murphy:

"I am shocked and saddened by the horrific news from Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning, and I pray that kids, teachers, staff, and families reach safety as quickly as possible. While we don't have much information right now, our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones."

[Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET] The shooter's body is in a classroom, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET] Multiple local media are reporting there are fatalities. We're checking.

[Updated at noon ET] News Times reporter Libor Jany reports that all Newtown schools are on lockdown.

[Updated at 11:58 a.m. ET] Danbury Hospital confirms it's treating some victims. It says this on its Facebook page:

To date, three patients have been transported to Danbury Hospital from the scene. Out of abundance of caution and not because of any direct threat Danbury Hospital is under lockdown. This allows us simply to focus on the important work at hand.

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] Connecticut House Rep. John Frey has nieces and a nephew at the school and is tweeting updates.

[Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET] The dad of a student at the school told CNN affiliate WTNH there were about 600 pupils in the building at the time of the shooting.

[Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET] At least three people were wounded and are in "very serious" condition at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, that town's mayor, Mark Boughton told CNN. He couldn't say whether the victims were children.

[Updated at 11:44 a.m. ET] Andrew Doba, Director of Communications with Connecticut Governor Malloy's office, says they are  coordinating with local authorities and state police. They continue to monitor developments in Newtown. The governor is in Connecticut today.

[Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET] We're getting live pictures from the scene from CNN affiliates.

[Updated at 11:34 a.m. ET] The shooter is dead, a source with knowledge of the investigation, tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

Police have recovered two weapons from him, the source added.

It's not known whether police killed the alleged shooter or he took his own life. The source says one weapon recovered is a Glock and the other is a Sig Sauer.

[Updated at 11:27 a.m. ET] The Hartford Courant, citing police, said an unspecified number of people had been shot. The nature of their injuries was unclear, the newspaper said. But it cited police in saying one person had "numerous gunshot wounds."

[Updated at 11:19 a.m. ET] Affiliate WTNH says children are being taken to a nearby firehouse.

[Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET] Details are still really sketchy, but we now have a photo from the Newtown Bee of children being led from the scene.

[Updated at 11:03 a.m. ET] We're still getting details in of how many people may have been hurt.

Newtown is southwest of Hartford:

[Updated at 10:53 a.m. ET] Sandy Hook school is on lockdown and students are not being evacuated, a Newtown police spokesman tells us.

[Posted at 10:30 a.m. ET] Breaking news coming in - Connecticut State Police are responding to reports of a shooting at a Newtown elementary school in southwestern Connecticut, according to police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.

We'll bring you more details as soon as we get them.

Our affiliates in the area are saying the school is the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

CT Now says injuries are being reported. 

soundoff (9,611 Responses)
  1. Breeze

    Okay gun nuts, time for your usual: "It's not the gun" rant. Please give me an example of when and where in America 27 people have been killed in minutes with any weapon other than guns!

    December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Oklahoma city federal building

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Sept 11th.........

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      911. Banning guns wont end war around the world either.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoss

      Outlawing guns isn't going to outlaw gun crimes...you an get your hands on one illegally, just as easy as you can legally.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • iWillNotLose

      waco, tx

      December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Republiguns

    There ya have it folks. Are you happy Mr. Heston? The right to bear arms leads to the right to execute children. The NRA should be outlawed or labelled as a homeland terrorist organization. I would love to see Heston condemn this in public. Bunch of barbarians you NRA freaks are.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      Your absolutely crazy, hopefully guns are kept away from you.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Seriously? the victims bodies are still warm and you are using this to try and make a political cheap shot? how do you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      REALLY. And the rest of the world asks why do we stand for this??

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Guns? The problem is the PEOPLE. Guns, knives, bats–all can be dangerous. The problem is that as a society we murder children in their mother's wombs at the rate of about 1 million per year. And you expect that to not spill over into the rest of society? This country has rejected God and life on almost every level. Don't blame the guns. A country that wants to murder babies should not be surprised at this–we've learned as a country to use violence to get whatever we want.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • chalton heston

      charlton heston i don't think would care because he's been dead for a while.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHAT????

      Heston's dead, where have you been?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I hate seeing this stuff happen but our right to legally bear arms has nothing to do with someone illegally killing people with a gun.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      During this time of tragedy all you can think about is your political agenda. That says a lot about you as a person.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Charles Heston is deceased and their are many people that didn't want their guns taken from them.They have to have stricker Gun control! Right now we should be thinking and praying for the families of these innocent childeran who were victims of a coward!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      its ppl who kill, not the guns

      December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GatorDude

      I'd like to see Charleton Heston condemn gun violence, too. That really would be something to see since Charleton Heston has been dead for about 4 years.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      Whoa. Right to execute children? What country do you live in. Now this is horrible and the person behind it is very crooked, but if the teachers had the means to defend themselves the shooter could have been taken out quickly. I'm not saying I agree with the current gun laws, it would be better if we didn't have any guns. But if people are allowed to carry them, people need to be ready to defend themselves.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      The NRA is not the problem...people are the problem. Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MAtthew Sechevich

      You SOB, I look at those children’s faces and couldn’t imagine getting political right now. If I met you I'd punch your head clear from your shoulders.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbo88

      I have no words to describe how I feel right now. You people who support the NRA need to really rethink your position on gun laws. This many children would never have been murdered if there where strict gun laws. I am sick and tired of the NRA and people who support these outdated gun laws. What will it take for this government to wake up. THE BLOOD OF THESE YOUNG CHILDREN ARE ON THE NRA!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • artsey

      Uh yeah~ have you paid attention to the wars going on overseas? Do you think they stay overseas because we tell them so? Look at those children or pieces of them. Without NRA and the citizen guns we would be overrun here about now. Our army and police force is not preventing that.Do you think they stay overseas because we tell them so? Look at those children or pieces of them. Without NRA and the citizen guns we would be overrun here about now. Our army and police force is not preventing that.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      No the blood is on you. Compare crime reports feom states like Vermont who almost everyone carries compared to states like Nwe York were it is difficult to get a carry permit. (I know there are population differances) but even someone as naive as you can say that if you were going to attack someone you would choose someone who is un armed over someone who has a gun. Do not pile those of us who are law abiding citizens who carry into the lump of crazies. I bet if you were in a mall with you family

      December 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hillary-1970

      You idiot! The whack job would have gotten a gun one way or another to do what he did! Think about what YOU would do if in a situation where you could stop it from happening IF ONLY you were armed!!! I pray no armed robber breaks into your house while you are being so opposed to bearing arms!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • California

      Republiguns, I am not completely for or against gun control but have you stopped to consider that maybe the gun is not the sole root of the issue here? The triggers do not pull themselves. If it is not a gun then it will be some other device used to express anger and frustration. I think the focus should definitely be shifted here for why these horrific scenes are coming far too familiar in our society.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS

      Pretty sure Chrarlton Heston is no longer alive

      December 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KOMPIS

    Guns for everybody....... When will the USA understand that this is totally wrong?

    December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoss

      And then all thecriminals will still have guns...you're wrong.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      You are talking about a nation that elected G.W Bush for president.. They will never get anything.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Some of us do get it. It's not that easy to make all guns disappear overnight.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • iWillNotLose

      well, imagine if guns were "banned" completely. then, only criminals would have them. so...

      December 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ever4lasting

    Easy to defend gun use when it has not been your child shot. We need to do something guns kill people.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      idiot. gun's don't kill people. people kill people.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackhat840

      Most of the people here commenting that guns kill people are absolutely ignorant. People kill people. Period. Guns are just a way to kill others.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      thank you.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fred Evil

    How could anyone with a functioning frontal lobe not recognize that guns are out of control. HOW?!

    December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      How can anyone with a functioning frontal lobe not realize that IMMORALITY is out of control? How?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon Ann

      I I agree petercha – something internally is jacked up with certain mentally unstable persons who have no regard for human life whatsoever..... anyone can kill anyone with any type of weapon, including a 747 jetliner.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Guns are not out of control. Our society is out of control. A nut job will always be able to get a gun or weapon. I am a law abiding gun carrying citizen, veteran and white collar executive. I will always have my gun to defend myself from all of the crazy people as this society comes apart at the seams.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ryan Farnham

    Public schools should be built with bullet proof windows and key card entry with a guard who screens students on entering the school, the only way to prevent anything like this in the future would be a controlled access situation as preventative measure. Getting rid of guns is just not going to happen sadly and stopping those who shouldn't have them would be next to impossible, so I only see protective solutions coming from this as being possible.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • rs

      And who is going to pay for all that Ray? Not the freakin' Republicans, they're still angling to destroy the Dept. Of Education. America needs to learn that the 2nd Ammendment is not a call for everyone to have guns everywhere. Guns are tools of death, and they have a proper place, and a civilized society isn't one of them.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      I agree with you 100% but im sure that would cost too much money

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Canadian

    Liberals here should know best that the actions of a few do not represent the actions of a group. There are hundreds of millions of lawful firearm owners in North America. Why should all be punished and rights be removed because a few crazy people. I feel sorry for the kids and families I hope the death toll is not as high as being reported now.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      But when you let ANYONE have a tool that makes murder SO easy, that begs the question, why is having one less heavily regulated than owning a CAR?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      A few crazy people? There a lot more than a few crazy people out there...with guns!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerry Daley

      Oh,stop with the excuses. This is now a regular occurrence in this country. The same people who are gaga over guns also wouldn't spend an extra dime on public schools. Thank the NRA for this.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES71

      I am not a liberal. But I ahve a functioning brain. I can see the difference in mass shooting between us and other first world countries. And I can make the connection – accessibility of guns.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Why shouldn't I be allowed to walk an attack tiger down the street? I'm sure most people would be responsible with their attack tigers. What, the actions of a few crazy people mean that I, a law abiding citizen, don't get to have an attack tiger? You know if you outlaw attack tigers, the only people with attack tigers will be outlaws.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      The connection I make is that unlike back in the 1950's, we no longer instill a strong moral compass into our kids in the public schools.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frogfisher

      You think guns save lives? They take more than they save. Gun Control has to be introduced in USA. It just has to!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robb

      That's easy to say until it's YOUR child that gets shot!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilian

      Really, would you think the same way if your kids were among the dead?,

      December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hsioabai

      It's not just the actions of one. Count the the victims or recent mass-shootings in Aurora, Oregon, Pheonix, Virginia Tech, Toronto, Wisoncin, Minneapolis, .....Why do you have more right to own teflon tipped bullets in extra-large magazines for military grade weapons than these people did to grow old and die of natural causes? Show me the balance on the other side of armed people stopping a crime or death. The only winner? Glock seems torecord spikes in sales after these kind of killings.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel Andrew

    Bring Christ back to the schools and public places and you will the difference. Know Christ know Peace...No Christ No Peace

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrK

      Riiiight, and let's make sure that Christ has an AK47 with him to protect us from nut jobs.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerry Daley

      Oh, bullsh**.....Christians have been killing each other and others for over 200 years.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      Good point, Daniel. If we re-introduced the Bible and prayer back into the public schools, I'd be willing to bet that less of this type of thing would happen. We need to instill a strong moral compass into our kids from Day 1.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Faith

      Really???? Yeah cause no one has ever killed in the name of God before.. Please religion is the one thing that has consistently and historically been used to justify murder across the globe.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherlock

      Don't you mean "Know Christ, No Peace"? Do you realize that Christianity(as are other religions) is responsible for the deaths of millions of people over the course of history?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newt Gingrich

      FAIL

      Didn't you know that this is all your God's big magical plan?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      For those who falsely blame Christianity for the death of millions – Have you ever heard of Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Pot Pol, etc.? They were atheists who killed many, many millions of people in the name of the atheistic system of Communism.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      cuz you guys aren't ignorant. kids get killed and now we're saying load jesus up with an AK. redicolous. a buncha sorry athiests who have nothing to do with their lives besides preaching their pathetic lives. get over your selves. murders happen everyday with or without religion.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. al

    this is outrageous, when are we going to decide as a country that we need to limit people with arms. if you need an AK47 or a semi to protect yourself maybe you should just simply move to a different neighboorhood T

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. geest

    Guns guns guns guns guns!!! More guns keep us safe! Arm the preschoolers and this wont happen again!

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ted

    John....you sir....are an idiot and very naive!

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Freddo

    Are you seriously this naive? How many would've been been killed if he was armed with a knife, a baseball bat, a fist, a brick, or a hammer. People as dumb as you who don't know how much easier a mass killing is when someone is armed with a gun. That's right it was the gun.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vijay

    I really don't know when we are going to change and live freely in America. This year we are having MASS killings than any other year. I don't know what they are obsessed with. Obama and Congress should step into this issue and pass a quick GUN CONTROL law. Republicans talks about freedom, is this a freedom in America where gun man kills many people. America needs real freedom, that is from GUNS.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roadrunner

      Well said !

      December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      Really now? Then why have these most recent incidents occurred in very liberal states with gun control laws – Oregon, Colorado, and now Connecticut? Guess what – criminals don't pay attention to laws!!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon Ann

      more laws... how about stricter consequences, and parents actually PARENTING their children – where is the disconnect?
      video games? gun control? mental illness? the unemployment rate? someone better find the answer quick- i'd like to not live in fear of going to a movie or sending my kids to school!!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FED UP

    CAN ANYONE SAY GUN CONTROL... THIS IS GETTING F&^% OUTRAGEOUS........ SAVE THE DAM KIDS....

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lexy

    Schools are supposed to be the one place, other than their own homes, where our children SHOULD be safe.
    This is disgusting..
    Every time I hear about a new shooting this year it's always significantly more outrageous than the last.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
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