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. Use logic

    Why can't we just stick to the facts and REALITY? These killings were committed by a mentally unstable person who - very unfortunately - had access to multiple guns that belonged to his own mother, whom he also murdered. This had no more to do with "God" or "the Devil" than it had to do with Zeus or Thor.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. yosemite sam

    no need to dis God over this That piece of crap did what he did out of his own doing i dont care if u r atheist keep it to yourself

    December 16, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Atila

    What we need to do is ban some types of weapons that currently are out in the market for civilian use. There is no need for Bushmaster or AK-47 in the hands of any civilian. If you need to defend yourself; a shot gun or a good hunting rifle will do the trick...heck..if you are a good shot a bb gun will do. I get it guns dont kill , people do...unfortunately we can not control what people do...but we certainly can control what we sell in the market...

    December 16, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. miller29

    iv ben watching all the coverage about the unbeleivable and horrifying shooting trying to make anything about it. Im a father of a 17 year old and a 2 year old. the teens today i think r there own worst enemy when it comes to the drama they face around them, they have to many ways to communicate with each other at ther finger tips.Alot of these kids dont really have a mental illness just bad selfesteam issues.As far as gun control tehy really cant do much more unless they throw out our right to "Bare Arms". they need to focus on people that are buying the gun. There should be a wide check on mental illnesses in and around the family. "GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE". This is just to tragic to think about. Im not sure what and how far the goverment can do with out the rest of us fell like criminals

    December 16, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sue

    We cannot always predict peoples' behavior, but we can do more to limit access to weapons that can do this degree of damage. I cannot understand anyone's argument that the general public should should have semi-automatic weapons. I have no problem with hunting rifles, bows, etc., but what possible innocuous purpose could one construct to justify owning a semi-automatic weapon?

    December 16, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. SharpMind

    Which family is Mr. Peter Lanza talking about when he says his family is mourning? His elder son is away from him. Seems like he never bothered to check on how his younger son was doing when he was with his Mom. He cnveniently got out of the marriage to his ex-wife and left the child(ren) to stay with her. This guy is a fake and should take the burden of pain from everyone for letting this happen by neglecting his son. Clearly the boy needed help. His Mom paid for it and Dad never bothered. Because of this, so many children and adults are dead now. Blood is on Mr. Peter Lanza. His red face you see is the guilt he has. He is a selfish man.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Nice Guy

      I'd say the father providing $1000 a day alimony for five days a week, plus another hundred grand he voluntarily gave to his ex-wife is something you never heard about. Am I correct?

      December 16, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jersh

      So you personally know the Lanza family? Oh please, tell us more.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. trufaldino

    If guns were treated like controlled substances, there would be fewer gun deaths. Conservative gun culture prefers deaths of innocents to reasonable gun regulations and justifies it with lame excuses which they repeat endlessly and mindlessly, as is the custom of conservatives. So, conservatives, roll out the silly comments about how regulation would just leave guns in the hands of criminals when it's perfectly obvious that a competent person who properly stores a firearm will get a license for it. They complain about big government when a state wants to limit a gun purchase to one a month to stop the flow of firearms in bulk from Virginia to the gangs of New York. What conservatives seek is not truth, but rather, talking points in order to protect their deep seated gun fetish and bolster their love of authoritarianism (with them as the authorities, of course), and talking points give them plausible deniabilty. They sort of remind me of their spiritual ancesters who argued that slavery was a positive good. They saw a slave holding society (in which they were at the top of the pyramid, of course) as being orderly, godly, keeping everyone in their place, and producing the finer things of life. That that was obvious hokem didn't give them much pause because it let them keep what they cherished the most, a sense of power over the people they feared as the "other". In that way, they were not dissimlar to the gun nuts.

    December 16, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Champ

      trufaldino your reference to slavery is completely incorrect. President Lincoln who risk everything to free the slaves was a conservative.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Catherine

      I'll make this short and sweet. I lived for 10 years in a country with gun control laws. NO ONE there felt they were being controlled or living in a police state because they couldn't own assult weapons for their own
      personal possessions/use. What they DID feel was a hell of a lot SAFER than people here in the good 'ol USA.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • common

      When you find a criminal that follows the rules you let me know. All gun control rules will do is keep guns out of legal law abiding citizens who use them for hobbies like hunting or maybe collect them and protecting them and their families from the criminals who will obtain guns my all means possible. Brady law already limits ownership of fully automatic rifles, which I support because no one needs that much firepower.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • mklsgl

      At this point, do you think stricter gun laws or added regulations would make any difference? Republican, democrat, communist, Jew, Hindu, etc.,; we're all in this together. Perhaps the solution is an absolute: A Firearm-Free America.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • diana

      I believe the world needs to care about the mentally challenged and disabled and care, the mentally challenged are not getting the help they need, and goverment and states are doing away with helping or giving funds, that is why people are just gong around with anger all the time.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • rockpaperdinner

      Champ, you are mistaken. Lincoln was a Republican but they were not the conservative party at the time. The Democrats were the conservative party and the ruling party of the antebellum South and of slaveholders. Republicans became conservative after the popularity of Roosevelt and the New Deal which helped all impoverished citizens, including African Americans, and they intentionally played off of the lingering racial supremacy of Southern whites to gain votes to bolster the ranks of their deflated party. Read a book.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandra Helton

      I am with Diana. We need to help folks who are falling apart. That includes the individuals and their famililes. The Reagan Administration shut down the mental health resources. Until we treat folks with care and love and provide these much needed resources, we will continue to witness and suffer tragic events. And not only provide resources but we, as individuals, need to have empathy for each other and look around at our surroundings and be a source of support for those in need. This requires everyone to be involved.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

      Champ, Lincoln was a Republican, AND he was a Liberal. The current GOP would have had nothing to do with him.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Champ...actually, you are the one making incorrect statements. In the 1860's, the Republican Party was the "liberal" party...similar to the Democratic Party today. The Democratic Party then, is the equivalent of the Tea Party today. Look beyond the party "name" and look at the policies. Of knew that, but you needed instead to puff out your chest and talk about the "history" of the republican party.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BostonBaker

    Gun control will do nothing. The nuts will just find other ways i.e. bombs, arson, etc. The guns used in this shooting were stolen. So how would gun control stop that? I am not pro-gun. I do not like them. However I am not blind to see that gun control is not the solution. It's obvious that law enforcement is the problem. Why isn't there a cop at every school? How many more school shootings is it going to take? Put the cost on the parents. We will pay to ensure safety of our children. You need to stop the person, not the gun.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      So, you're saying a guy armed with an assualt rifle and intent of killing as many people as possible would have been stopped by a cop sitting in his squad car? There is a lot of cautionary measures that can be taken, as the school apparently had. But when overwhelming power is used those measures fall short. Reasonable people would understand that this killer would not have killed without an automatic assualt rifle which is designed only to fire as rapidly as possible to kill as many people as possible. Gun nuts, being completely unreasonable, irrational people really, would not even support for reasonable gun control such as banning assualt rifles, multiple ammunition clips, etc. Gun control measures, even reasonable ones, are to them government overreach or government control. It is really a shame! But you know what they say, 'those who live by the sword die by the sword', like the mother ended up being. The sad thing is innocent people such as those babies are also often the victims.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    This guy knows all the tricks to dodge taxes and knows nothing about the monster kid he raised.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • blake

      The father, Peter Lanza, seems to be a decent and sensible person. It was the mother, Nancy Lanza who was the gun freak, and who purchased the assault rifle that was used in the mass killing. Based on the fact that she was shot by her own son, I would guess she had a poor relationship with her son. However, this is America, an we are not allowed to point out that there are fathers who are far better parents than mothers even if the data clearly indicate that fact.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • WJanet

      Biran, Most likely he was an absentee parent in the monster's life and that's why he has blood in his hands, too!

      December 16, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

      Fathers are far better parents than mothers? Whoa, you've got some serious mama issues! What a dumb statement, about as unthinking and insensitive as you can get!

      December 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reality101

    Also included in any debate on this issue has to equally include our mental health system, law enforcement and judicial systems, as well as moral, faith and family. If you want to kick the can down the road, jump on the "Gun Control laws" band wagon and you will be dealing with the same issue for eternity. This tragedy will only divide this country more if we hang on the only one aspect of the solution

    December 16, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    This is killer had no criminal record until last week, and therefore, was a "law abiding citizen". Secondly, he killed with cold efficiency 27 people with a rifle (assualt rifle), which rifle has no business in the hands of a civilian. Thus, the argument that criminals will find a way to kill is a pathetic argument. Yes, you can kill a person with a rock, a knife, and bomb. But you cannot kill 27 people in minutes with those weapons. Only guns allow you to do that. So, conservatives, take your pathetic arguments elsewhere, in your closed-off weard and nutty world.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      In 1927 a man killed 38 children and 5 adults at an elementary school...with a homemade bomb. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with a bomb made out of fertilizer. On 9/11, a group of men killed almost 3000 people with ... box cutters and a hijacked plane. A couple of years ago, in gun-controlled England, a man killed 27 people on a subway with...a homemade bomb.

      Please explain to me how ONLY guns allow mass killings again? Because, you know, I'm obviously missing the point.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • gcamacho33

      @Jennifer, killings will always happen. The number of mass killings will go down however with less assault weapons. Anyone can buy a gun. Not everyone can build a bomb. A gun always works as described. Bombs do not. Your argument is far flawed. We need to look no further than China where the man that attacked 22 kids with a knife didn't kill a single one. If he had access to a gun, many would have died.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      In 2003, an arsonist set fire to a subway train, killing 198 gun-controlled South Korea. In 2002, a man set fire to an airplane cabin, killing 111 gun-controlled China. In 2002, man set off a bomb, killing 108 gun-controlled China. In 2009, a man set a fire at a wedding, killing 55 gun-controlled Kuwait. In 2002, a man killed 42 people with gun-controlled China. Please explain, one more time, how strict gun control laws prevent mass-murders.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired_of_Idiocy

      To all of the "experts" whose comments have stated that the shooter used an "assault rifle". let me enlighten you. The Bushmaster .223 is a semi-automatic rifle based on the popular AR15 that is legally sold to the civilian population. A semi-automatic weapon disharges 1 round every time the trigger is pulled . . . one pull = one round. It doesn't matter if you keep the trigger depressed; you must release the triger and pull it again to fire another round. The "assault rifles" that you experts reference like the AK 47 and the M16 are fully automatic keep the trigger depressed and every round in the weapon's magazine will be discharged. Before you "experts" make statements about things you know nothing about, please take the time to not be stupid and check the facts before opening your mouth.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • keepinitreal

      "Not everyone can build a bomb"……tell that to all the wounded warriors who survived homemade bomb blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan…methinks gcamacho33 is the one using flawed logic….

      December 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew


      You seem to be hung up on this wrongheaded idea that just because there is more than one method to commit murder, we shouldn't attempt to regulate the method that is the most common and efficient.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      Our world is pretty weard...

      December 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ordinary Average American

    My heart goes out to you, Mr. Lanza, and your son, Ryan, and the rest of your family for having to endure the fallout from this terrible tragedy. Let's not forget that you lost your son in this fiasco, disturbed as he might have been and Ryan lost his mother.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • mrg

      Beautifully said, and so true.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian Forgie

    In all the articles i have been reading all i hear is it is our right to bear arms because the criminals dont follow the law and they will have access to guns the common folk wont have access to. This is an accurate statement. The problem i have with this is i have yet to hear of a law abiding gun owner taking out any of these public mass shooting suspects. Every one owns guns but it seems they are used for there own protection in there homes. Criminals have guns but in the commission of there crimes they also assume theyre victims are also armed so it leads to first one to use the weapon wins. Pathetic. Get over your love of the gun. If your gun is properly stored the chances of you getting to it in time to help yourself is minimal. Get a rottweiler for home protection. Criminal tries to enter your home he will be noticed by your dog while you sleep and criminal will move on or if not he will be given away. Or you could live in Canada and enjoy a more peaceful and safe environment.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sevin

    These people would not have been killed if the young man did not have access to the guns. case closed.
    To compare this to accidents that happen in every day life is absurd.
    "people die in cars" are not made for the sole purpose of taking life. Cars are a mode of transportation with consequences.
    The only reason a gun is manufactured is to take life of some kind. And then we act suprised when it happens? Crazy.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. frank

    Has the father really existed in this killer's life? A caring father would not have raised such a monster.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdeutschler

      my initial reaction is the same, but if the son is mentally deranged, I don't think the parent causes mental illness. Maybe there will be answers forthcoming what his mental state was. Certainly no person in his right mind can create such carnage.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

      You really don't have a clue about mental illness, do you?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
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