December 15th, 2012
08:09 PM ET

'Our hearts go out' to victims' families, Newtown gunman's father says

Peter Lanza, father of Connecticut school shooting gunman Adam Lanza, released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of victims.

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones and to all those who were injured," Peter Lanza said. "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. We too are asking why. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired.”

Police say Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning, killing 20 students and six adults. Lanza also died at the school, authorities said.

Police also say Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, was killed at her house in Newtown before the school rampage began.

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  1. J.Krings

    On December 14 twenty first graders and six teachers had to die in the Connecticut gun shooting which was one of the deadliest in the American history. I feel sorry for all of those who lost someone on the day of the shooting. However, the Connecticut shooting was not the only one this week, on Tuesday a man went into the Clackamas town center in Oregon and killed three people and after that, he committed suicide. Two gun shootings within one week? How are we supposed we feel safe in this country anymore? Guns are just too easily accessible for anybody and the restrictions are too low. This country needs a change. About 30,000 people die by guns yearly in the United States. I do not say that there should not be any guns anymore, but there should definitely be more restrictions and not just anybody should have the access to buy a gun. Moreover, how is it possible for anybody to enter a school or a shopping mall with a gun or even with more than one gun? It is obvious that we cannot check every person to visit a public place of a gun, but at least in schools it should be possible to pay more attention who walks into a school and especially with what they walk in a school. I hope that these lately events opened the eyes of our government and that all of us can feel save again soon.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichmondVaCane

      Initial reports are the school had a top security system but the shooter somehow forced his way in.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andy

    The error of this father's statement is that he associates himself equally with the other family and friends of the victims. Regardless of whether or not he is linked to his son's behavior, he should have expressed remorse and sympathy for the victims and families ONLY, not himself as well.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • blake

      Andy – read his statement – he has expressed grief and remorse. Its not for you to judge him for his situation – his own son is dead.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Danielle Puskas

    This community deserve a new elementary school so the people & children affected by this tragedy can start to move forward when they have to go back to school instead of the existing school with the evil, horrific, vivid memories inside that school. Everyday they go to school would be like salt on a wound whereas a new school in honor of the lives lost would be a way for everyone to start over while still having it be a memorial. Does anyone have to ability tostart a fundraiser so this can be possible???

    December 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • satsumagal1

      His son committed an unspeakable crime, and his ex-wife is dead along with their son. Give the man some room to make errors. I do. He will never get over this.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rhonda

    My parents divorced when I was 5.(I am now in my 40's). I am a happy healthy well adjusted memeber of society..
    My Kids have experienced Divorce and they are both happy, healthy and well adjusted. So the Blame this on the Divorce it's their fault (dad's fault) is absurd!! This kid made this decision all on his own!

    December 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Iamrightyouarewrong

    This just in.
    Adam wanted to take attention off the Fiscal Cliff.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Why don't we force feed politicians morals, like we try to force feed our kids Religion in school.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Why don’t we force feed politicians morals, like we try to force feed our kids Religion in school.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • peick

      Not that your statement is worthy of a response, but:

      Please define moral. You are presupposing a moral code that we all share. What is it, please? Where did it come from? Are you force feeding us a religion?

      Go get a brain.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. godblessuall

    God bless the victims with more peace and strength. Regardless of gun laws in any country, I wish I could build an application that can monitor any moving objects that are of a weapon shape and notify the security of any schools, ,malls, theaters, universities etc.,

    December 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mustafa Siddiqui

      That is very much possible, we can embed a chip which can be tracked by satellite and when 500m near a school it can notify the closest police department and concerned school.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John Colligan

      Short of banning guns, this might be a workable solution. I am sure the cost would be, but that could be passed on to the gun owners who feel so compelled to own guns. A simple tax on any sale of a new or use weapn, and on amunition, plus a yearly charge on all permits, and for each weapon owned. I am sure it would be expensive, but if someone feels the absolute need to own a gun, they should pay for the infrastructure needed to keep guns from being misused.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I was thinking about this the other day as well. Could we not make gun locks that are GPS-controlled? Within certain distance of schools and other public areas where guns would obviously never need to be used, these flip on rendering the guns inactive. As most of the guns used in these tragedies were legally obtained this type of tactic may have some legs. It may just push these individuals toward illegally obtained guns or other weapons, but it puts an additional road block in their way which may make all the difference.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Why don't we force force feed politicians MORALS , instead of force feeding religion to our kids in school.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • satsumagal1

      God has nothing to do with this. Poor gun control laws do.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Iamrightyouarewrong

    God or no God. ADAM did this.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • satsumagal1

      And since Adam wasn't responsible, it's up to our legislators to pass laws that protect us from unstable individuals, since clearly, they can't be relied on to be responsible.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      The next mentality ill could do this again.... and again.... we really need to solve this once and for all.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lou

    There is believe in God. There is believe that no god exists. There is the possible relationship between an individual and a deity if believed in. None of these three states of mind create hatred. It is only in the manmade set of rules that dictates how we are to interact with a deity – called religion – that creates issues. Don't confuse what is at the heart of "religious issues." Nonetheless, 26 people died when someone acted out for reasons that are not clear. Arguing the blame of God in all of this is illogical at best and probably pandering to some socio-religious stance at worst. Just put yourself in the shoes of the families who lost someone and imagine how you might feel and please get off of your soapbox for a few days while people grieve!

    December 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john zoe

    I believe the government set this up to stricken gun laws

    December 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jodioli

      Please go see a counselor.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Logic?

      Your a sick person ...

      December 16, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • behjat ligon

      I can't believe you say such a stupid and insensitive thing. Election is over, get over it!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • lelu26

      John... why don't you go to every household of those that have lost love ones and explain that to them. You are insane to believe this! You definitely need God in your life!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Mustafa Siddiqui

      Get medical attention b4 its too late.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • KJF

      if nothing is done to help you out, you probably gonn' be the next shooter. 'cause it just starts with these kind of sayings...Go seek help before it's too late!!!!!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Oh wait I got it now. If God had not given us brains to make a gun with bullets we would not be discussing this HORRIFIC event. I'm so sorry I understand now.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • SG

      God placed you here with free will. You will be judged in what you do with that gift.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • amazed

      Actually, the level at which you do NOT understand, as evidenced by your posts, is simply eye watering. And you're not going to learn here, that's for sure, so move on friend.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Laura

    I too come from a divorced family when I was almost 12 yrs, old. I could never blame behavior on divorce. I think the gunman planned this since he went out of his way and drove 2 hrs. to get to Newton CT. I'm sure his mental capacity played a part of his behavior, but I do believe he was in control of his own actions. I pray for the families at this time and there is NO forgiveness for this act. I don't think the town will be healed, but will learn how to cope. That's the truth that no one has the guts to admit. God Bless...

    December 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ky

      The gunman LIVED in Newtown with his mother...

      December 16, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jose Muerte

    Oh sweet Jesus and his virgin mother! Let it be

    December 16, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
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