Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7
December 15th, 2012
07:54 PM ET

Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7

    • 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
    • Law enforcement officials say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy, at her Newtown home before going to the school
    • Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old
    • Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting

[Updated at 7:54 p.m. ET] Peter Lanza, father of alleged gunman Adam Lanza, released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of victims.

"Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can," said the statement.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama will go to Newtown on Sunday to meet with victims' families and first responders in the evening, the White House says.

He'll also speak at an interfaith vigil for the school's families. The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

[Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET] People are gathered outside Stratford (Connecticut) High School, for a vigil in honor of Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher who was slain in Newtown.

Soto graduated from the Stratford high school in 2003.

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Earlier reports that the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Lanza being involved in any altercations at the school.

[Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET] Nancy Lanza’s brother James Champion, a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire, didn’t deliver a statement as expected. Instead, the sheriff of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, delivered a statement on the Champion family’s behalf:

“The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and the nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss: their families, teachers, staff and the students of Sandy Brook Elementary school, the first responders, and to all others touched by this tragedy. On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings, we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many.

“The family requests that you respect their privacy during his time of anguish and loss.”

The chief of police in Kingston, New Hampshire, said that Nancy Lanza lived in Kingston for a good part of her life and was a "very, very kind, considerate, loving young lady."

"She was very involved in the community and very well respected."

[Updated at 5:51 p.m. ET] An uncle of suspect Adam Lanza, is expected to address reporters in the next few minutes in New Hampshire.

The uncle is brother of Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza. Law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza killed Nancy Lanza in her Newtown home before the shootings at the school.

[Updated at 5:39 p.m. ET] Here are the names of those killed at the school, as provided by state police. CNN.com is publishing the full names of children only when parents have spoken publicly:

Charlotte, 6; Daniel, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia, 6; Josephine, 7; Ana, 6; Dylan, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Madeleine, 6; Catherine, 6; Chase, 7; Jesse, 6; James, 6; Grace, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack, 6; Noah, 6; Caroline, 6; Jessica, 6; Avielle, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin, 6; Allison, 6.

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] In a tearful talk with reporters, Robbie Parker, the 30-year-old father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker, who died in the shooting, said she was an exceptional artist who delighted in making cards and drawing pictures for people who needed an emotional lift.

"She always had a kind thing to say about everybody," he said. "I'm so blessed to be her dad."

He was teaching her Portuguese, and the last conversation he had with her on Friday morning was in that language, he said.

"She told me 'good morning' and asked how I was doing, and I said I was doing well," he said. Emilie told him she loved him, and they kissed before they left the home Friday morning, he said.

[Updated at 5:33 p.m. ET] Robbie Parker, the father of one of the victims a 6-year-old girl told reporters that she was "always smiling" and would, if she were alive, be one of the first people offering comfort to the relatives of the victims.

He thanked everyone who was offering condolences, and he offered his own to others who are suffering - including the family of the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza.

"I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be to you," Parker said, referring to the Lanza family.

He said his 6-year-old daughter was the "best friend" to her two younger sisters, and was teaching one of them to read.

"They looked to her when they needed comfort," Parker said. "Usually that's saved for a mom and a dad, but it was sweet to see ... how they would run to (her) for support and hugs and kisses.”

[Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET] "There will be time soon for a discussion of public policy issues surrounding yesterday’s events," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a televised address, "but what’s important right now is love, courage, and compassion."

"Love," he said, "as it has poured in from around the world.

"Courage, as it was demonstrated by the teachers and other adults in the school building, whose actions no doubt saved lives.

"Courage on display, as it always is, by all our first responders.

"Compassion, as shown by people around Connecticut who’ve arrived in Newtown wanting only to help."

[Updated at 4:39 p.m. ET] All of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old, according to information released by state police. There were 12 girl victims; eight boys. All of the adults killed were women.

[Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET] The victims at the school ranged in age from 6 to 56, according to information released by state police.

Eighteen of the victims at the school were described as female; eight were male. Twenty-six people died at the school, excluding the gunman. Twenty were children; six were adults.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] More on what the state's chief medical examiner told reporters minutes ago in Newtown: He said the "long weapon" was used in the shooting, and that the weapon caused all of the wounds that he knew of.

He didn't say what that weapon was, but a law enforcement source has previously said that the gunman was found dead with next to three guns: a semi-automatic .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and two pistols made by Glock and Sig Sauer.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, said he personally did postmortem examinations of seven victims' bodies.

“All the wounds that I know of at this point were caused by the one weapon,” Carver said.

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] State police have released a list of those killed. More on that to come.

[Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET] The state's chief medical examiner says he believes all of the victims were shot more than once.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, speaking at a news conference in Newtown, said that all of the victims died of gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was homicide. The seven bodies he examined personally had three to 11 wounds each, he said.

“I believe everyone was hit more than once,” Carver said.

Postmortem examinations have been performed on all of the children; examinations of most of the adult bodies will be finished by this evening, Carver said.

Examinations of the bodies of Adam Lanza and his mother will be performed Sunday, Carver said. Lanza died at the school; his mother was killed at her home in Newtown, authorities have said.

Police said a list of the victims' names would soon be published.

[Updated at 3:26 p.m. ET] Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau, both teachers at the school, are among the dead, according to friends and family members.

Earlier, CNN reported that princial Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were among the killed.

Although authorities have identified all of those killed, they have yet to release a formal list of names.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] Investigators say they believe Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun at Dick's Sporting Goods in Danbury on Tuesday, but was unsuccessful, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Employees at the store some 12 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary have been interviewed and have searched the store's surveillance cameras for evidence that Lanza had been there.

Also, a second law enforcement source has said that Lanza was involved in some kind of trouble at the school earlier this week. The source said the altercation was between Lanza and four adults, and occurred Thursday, the day before the shooting.

Three of those adults, the source added, were killed during Friday's shooting.

The source was unable to say whether the disagreement took place inside or outside the school, but said that it apparently had something to do with him trying to enter the school.

(Update, 6:22 p.m. ET Reports that Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. Also, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Vance being involved in any altercations at the school.)

[Updated at 1:36 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to make a live, televised statement about the shooting, addressed to Connecticut residents, at 5 p.m.

[Updated at 1:12 p.m. ET] Investigators have been told that Adam Lanza had some sort of altercation with some people at the school a few days before the shooting, a law enforcement official told CNN's Carol Cratty. The official did not know the nature of the altercation or who was involved in it with Lanza.

[Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET] Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun in the area Tuesday before the shooting, a law enforcement source said, according to CNN's Susan Candiotti.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it is contacting shooting ranges and gun stores in the area to try to establish whether Lanza sought to purchase guns or practice using them.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] The gunman had access to more guns than the three found at the elementary school, a law enforcement source told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Police recovered three additional guns elsewhere. They are a .45-caliber Henry repeating rifle, a .22-caliber Marlin rifle, and a .30-caliber Enfield rifle, the source said.

[Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET] The victims have been positively identified by the chief state medical examiner, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said in a press conference Saturday morning. The medical examiner is expected to release their names and birth dates in the next few hours.

It appears that the assailant "forced his way into the school," Vance said. Detectives continue to investigate the crime scene and will remain there for at least another day or two, Vance said. So far, investigators looking for a motive have found "some very good evidence," that will help them paint a complete picture of how and why this happened, he said.

The home of a woman believed to be the gunman's mother is also being investigated. After killing his mother, investigators believe the gunman took her guns and made his way to the elementary school.

Help for victims of Sandy Hook shooting

[Updated at 10:13 a.m. ET] The victims' bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner, where a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine manner and cause of death, the Connecticut State Police said in press release.

[Updated at 10 a.m. ET] Friday's shooting has sparked passionate nation conversation on a variety of issues, from school safety and gun control to mental health treatment. In a heated discussion, CNN's Piers Morgan and guests debate the need for stricter gun control laws in America.

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting may have had access to at least five guns, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

Three weapons were recovered from the school on Friday: a semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle made by Bushmaster found in a car in the school parking lot, and two pistols made by Glock and a Sig Sauer found with suspected gunman Adam Lanza's body, a law enforcement source said previously.

[Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET] Pope Benedict XVI expressed "his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families and all to affected" by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in a letter to the Diocese of Bridgeport Administrator Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle.

[Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET] Father William Hamilton, a volunteer chaplain for 30 years with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in New England said the Connecticut school shootings is the worse thing he's seen in his years counseling responders and victims’ families. “It’s beyond the scope of imagination. Parents are not supposed to have to bury their children," Hamilton told CNN. "This is the Christmas season. This season will never ever be the same for these families. It will over time perhaps get better, but it will always be a part of their history.”

[Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET]  A  family member of suspected shooter Adam Lanza told investigators that he had a form of autism, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

[Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET]  Despite earlier reports that said she was a teacher, Nancy Lanza, the suspect's mother, was not a teacher at the school where the killings took place, said Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Not much is known about the suspect's mother or the suspect Adam Lanza.  In September 2009 - when Adam Lanza was 17 - his mother and father divorced, court documents show. What happened after that for him, what caused the shootings that has shocked the nation, isn't clear.

[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.’”

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  1. Rolene

    I would like to know if anyone can shed some light on the gunman's mother. Was she a teacher at Sandy Hook or a different school? Had she been killed before she went in to work or was she on vacation...had she called in sick...did they have an argument? Does anyone know anything about this?

    December 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rebecca

    I myself found this disaster and crisis situation extremely devastating. I had extreme very heart felt feelings and tears for the family and friends who lost close loved children. I cannot imagine as the other students grow older and how their lives are going to be affected by this massacre as well as the parents and teachers, and others at the school. I pray and blessed the families, friends, and teachers who've lost close loved ones as they do grow as a family. All my love goes out to the families, friends, and teachers of lost loved ones who grew as a family. I give out my heart to teachers and others who assisted other children out safely and by doing your best to keep the children calm as you did and to do that you have to do all that you can do to make that happen when you have frightened little children and sometimes making a game out of it, sometimes is the only way to keep everybody calm as they can be. I blessed everyone in the community for doing their best and making sure others got to safety. Bless you all! I heart and prayers are with family and close friends who feel the loss of the loved ones and close friends.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jenny Ruth Yasi

    More cellphones lead to more texting. More painkillers, more painkiller addiction. The reason why there are more firearms fatalities in the US (about 30,000 annually, including suicides) than occur in our drone attacks (about 300 annually, including innocent victims), is because there are more firearms in our communities. I don't fear people. I fear people with guns. I don't want people with guns in my grocery store, or in my school assembly or in my town hall or in the local shopping mall. I want t to walk in "gun-free" zones. People who want to carry around or shoot or collect guns should restrict their habit to firing ranges and "regulated" militia programs.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • William

      First off my prayers to victims, families, friends, and all professionals involved. Gun free zones or gun control laws isnt going to stop violence, people will just find other ways like they did in china yesterday. The School was a gun free zone, yet that did not stop the massacre from happening. Typically when you see someone in a grocery store that is open carrying a weapon, you see a responsible law abiding citizen, that may just save your life one day.For example in a NM walmart an employee was attacked and stabbed 19 times and would of been more had a gentleman whom was carrying not had his weapon to save this employee's life. think about that before you condone every gun owner in America.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • stdvooh

      Bet someone in that school with a gun to defend against this killer, would have made a big difference in the number who were murdered.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    Why isnt anyone talking about the violent video games and movies?

    December 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • canuck

      in video games they kill with what? mainly guns

      December 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilmunkies4

      I'm a 35yr old female who plays some of those games,and watches violent movies but I'm not gonna run out and shoot innocent children or anyone.. I don't even own a gun... It has to do with the mindset of the individual, not games, movies or guns...it is the individual....

      December 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. aktap

    I keep asking myself that one a lot too!

    December 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. cindy lou who

    dont let this tragedy fool you into letting obama take away your rights and leave you defenseless

    December 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • canuck

      take away your rights and leave you defenseless Cindy you are really sick !

      December 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilmunkies4

      Do we really need to bring him into this?? Seriously???!! Lives have been taken...innocent ones and you wanna bring in Obama and politics??

      December 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • E. Mann

      I live in Canada where we have very strict gun laws, I remember a number of years ago the mayor of Chicago announced that in one year Canada (the whole country) only had 10% of the number of murders that the City of Chicago had in the same time span......so I find it hard to believe that guns are protecting anyone, but they certainly are killing people. You have the right to bear arms and I watch CNN reporting on the result of that right hour, after hour, after hour

      December 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Williamson

      Now, if we would just arm all the 5 year olds with AK-47s the US would be a lot safer... hell, we could have shootouts in the streets (driver, you cut me off..pow!), the supermarkets (how dare you take the last can of tuna...pow!), the restaurants (what do you mean you are out of prime rib..pow!). It will be just like the wild West, even better... even the Marshalls then had a lot more brains than the gun fanatics today.. no guns allowed in Dodge City or Tombstone, said the Earp brothers, and they meant what they said.... remember, people do not kill people, guns kill people much, much faster and more efficiently. Do you think Lanza could have killed 26 people with a knife?

      December 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Williamson

      You really need to see a pyschiatrist to treat your paranoia...

      December 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MIKE

    The NUMBER ONE thing
    to do is to rally the GUN companies to use the billions they make to put GUN safety
    first not Ownership!!!

    I here every one saying we live in the Google generation… OK

    GUN COMPANY'S! If Google can make a car drive by its self
    then you can make a SAFE GUN

    Finger print recognition, safer locks, Slower Fire Speeds, ECT…
    get with it

    We don’t have to take GUNS away, which would never happen,
    get real

    But we can limit how many guns a person can have and stop semi-automatic
    weapons

    EVER see a deer Hunter put 10 rounds into his game? I think not...it
    would destroy the meat

    Police and Army should be the only licensed person to have a
    semi-automatic

    I mean com on Bullet proof vests is e-legal in most states
    but you can have a semi-automatic,

    I think we should have Armed Guard’s from the military or
    from a state Government

    In all GUN free zones…Its time to make a Stand with your
    voice...

    This stuff needs to
    happen right now are kids are not safe!!

    December 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • evilmunkies4

      My question is why does anyone own an assault rifle? What does one need it for? And why a mother would want to own one? You can't use that kind of gun for hunting...

      December 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barbara Parkes

    I am not a fan of guns, but lets remember nation, the gun did not go into those classrooms by itself, a human, an evil human, pulled the trigger on those children.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • canuck

      you should say GUNS and how many BULLETS

      December 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    What a horrific tragedy. My wife and I pray for the innocent children and their families. Something has to be done.
    Gun control is out of control.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • canuck

      Jeff you are realistic and a good man bravo!

      December 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. vicki forte

    My heart is broken. I am disgusted to know that this killer had a mother living with a mentally challenged son and had firearms in her home. Why isn't anyone talking about that. Yes he could have gotten guns elsewhere. Not blaming his mother but the question is a valid one.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. amie

    Not the guns but the bullets. Increase the cost of the bullets or make them difficult to get.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • llatpoh

      Bring back state run mental hospitals.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carol Yadon

    I am stunned that people think they have a right to own assault rifles or Glocks or Sig Sauers. You want those kind of guns become a policeman, join the military, FBI, CIA, ATF and use them helping against real threats. What you shoot bunnies with these guns or deer how ridiculous. It's time to get after congress and ban assault weapons. We spend billions defending ourselves against foreign threats and very little in comparison to public safety. Wake up, other countries have very strict gun laws like Canada they do just fine.

    December 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • argyle

      Absolutely spot on! Our rights to walk public spaces in relative safety trumps the rights of a few who insist on having weapons designed to murder large numbers with their high capacity clips, etc. The GOP want a gun in every corner of America, the Democrats are cowered into silence, and are thus co-enablers. It's time to push legislators into action.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • vance

      i hope you go after bats to there carol, it is the preferred item to inflict violence on another person. the ar wasnt' even used in this. he used pistols which were stolen, because he couldn't buy any on his own. you do realize that sig sauer and glock are brand names right? i hope you also go after the ford motor company after some idiot gets drunk and climbs in his F250 and wipes out a family of 5. or would you prefer china where 22 were just attacked with a knife. yes it's horrific that this happened. but the gun was merely the item used, stolen from a responsible gun owner who wasn't at home at the time and then used to kill her. this idiot had problems and it shows. he should've never been allowed close to the school to begin with. time to fence in the schools completely, 2 cops on duty. one outside at a gate, one inside the gate monitoring the one outside. that alone would've stopped this

      December 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin Johnston

      I agree 100%..... Evil visited Sandy hook Elementary School and it had the full support of the NRA. That organization has blood on their hands. I'm sure they and everyone who supports the NRA will find some way to blame someone else for this tragedy. Like former bully's, bad parenting etc etc etc. However this is the typical response of anyone or organization who just cannot see the forest for the trees and learn to admit when they are wrong. These weapons need to be banned along with any bullets that are used to lad them. The NRA has far too much power in this country. They need to be stopped.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2008

      Carol you obviously don't know a thing about guns. Glocks and Sig Sauers are name brands for pistols. They are not assault weapons. The assault weapon ban which you are screaming for would not of saved those children's lives. He left the assault weapon in the car! We need to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people. That is the only common pattern with all these mass killings.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Priest

    Will you people stop! This is not about gun control or pro- gun. It is about loosing our precious children and their teachers. Have some compassion and stop looking for blame.

    December 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kristin Johnston

      I do have compassion for these children and families who have lost loved ones. We as a country can no longer look the other way. How many lives do you need to see lost due to senseless violence before you yourself will stop looking the other way and admit there is a problem. When you get a flat tire do you fix it or do you keep driving????.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jude

    invest in kevlar and get used to seeing our flag at half mast all the time. the day one human used a club for attack and the other for defense was the day we began our continued battle amongst ourselves.

    December 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Anthony

    It's time to ban video games. This is teaching our children to shoot and kill from a earlier age. The families should sue the game makers for their loss. Send the kids back outside to play. NO MORE VIDEO GAMES..!!!

    December 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Or parents should sit down and explain to there children thats now how life works? There are video games all over the world and you don't see this anywhere else.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      also what did people play when they were outside? Cops and robbers which is about killing and robbing.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • settino

      ban guns, like every other industrialized nation in the world, and your problem is solved.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • doubledees

      ???????? Then maybe we should ban TV that shows killing. The Afghan war is broadcast on TV showing children killed. Also dead kids in Syria. Limbless GI's coming back to USA hunting for jobs that arent there.............

      December 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I and all of my 100 friends have been playing video games, watching movies, etc. all of our lives, especially the violent ones. None of us are violent people and no of us have been arrested for anything. For the people I know and who do not play video games are violent and have been arrested numerous times for many things. I do not seen anything of video games, movies, or anything violent relating to violence. Are you saying you are violent because you play video games? Seems like you need to see a doctor quick.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj new

      I could not agree with you more.....:

      The world is spiraling out of control on many fronts. With technology taking a front seat, parents are losing the grip on their kids way before they are adults. Television, Video Games and the Internet are more influential than parenting. We are too deep now it seems and hoping to correct all these problems looks unachievable. Let's all go back to old school living would be my advice, but then that means everyone has to give up their toys. We are all children in a sense.......

      December 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • squirrel

      Why, you must be a Republican Anthony. Let me help you with your broken logic. Guns buddy. It's time to ban guns. That's what this killer, like most others, used to murder all these people. Guns. Not a playstation. Not an xbox. Guns. What's it gonna take for you whackos to get this. All countries have crazies. All countries have video games. Yet only our country has this curse.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • C4N4D14N

      Really man? First of all, games that allow you kill are rated 18+. Meaning kids under 18 cannot buy these types of games without ID. If a child happens to get their hands on a 18+ (M rated) game, then it is the parents fault. I find it funny when parents complain about their kids playing M rated games. How about being a parent and dealing with the problem yourself. We sane adults who can tell the difference between reality and digital entertainment, want our M rated games and should not be penalized for bad parenting.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • falconco

      I watched the movie, "SALT" starring Angelina Jolie. No plot, and after she killed almost everyone in sight, the movie was over. Zero entertainment.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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