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. ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

    #1 Close the loophole that allows unlimited purchase of firearms at gun shows without a background check.

    #2 Ban assault weapons.

    #3 To those of you who say folks should be able to buy assault weapons to protect themselves from our government, you do realize you are saying that our military and law enforcement personnel would turn on a dime, stop protecting us and attack us – right?

    December 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

    Religion or a lack thereof is inconsequential. When someone goes on a shooting rampage it is because they are mentally ill. History is filled with so-called "religious" people who committed heinous crimes (remember Dennis Rader, the bind, torture kill serial murderer – who was also the president of his church?).

    December 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. NoMagicUnderpants

    Start treating guns like the weapons of mass destruction that they are and we will have fewer deaths of innocent people.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

    To Mike Huckabee and all those saying that this tragedy happened because we don't "allow God in the classroom," the shooter and his family had lived in Newtown since 1998, which, from all reports, is a town with a thriving religious life. And I'm guessing, given his last name, he and his family, like so many in that town, were Catholic.

    God and religion or the lack thereof had NOTHING to do with this. A deranged human made the decision to kill all these people – PERIOD.

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

      you are annoying.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Omni

    ,I am sure if we were able to push a button and remove All the weapons most everyone would agree1 But, like some here said, honestly, the good people would turn in their guns and all the creeps would still have them, so that is no answer. This kid was in pan and wanted everyone to share i it. He succeeded. I think his parents failed him along with everyone he knew! Love your children and everyone you meet, it is the only cure-all,
    peter

    December 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. mccgeno

    It's for people like this that I wish there was a hell.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kodak

    It is interesting to me that it seems the whole focus is on gun ownership. That this family was clearly disfunctional has nothing to do with it? That this kid chose violence to either get attention or satisfy himself has nothing to do with it? Sure, get rid of all guns today! I'm fine with that. But until we fix the family unit, no law against anything will solve this root problem.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Hollywood movie director Aaron Russo was befriended by a member of the Rockefeller family. He told Russo that the Rockefellers financed the womens liberation movement in the 60's, not because they believed in women's rights but because they wanted to destroy the family as the central unit in society. Jay Rockefeller it was. Nice people!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I think the whole point is dysfunctional people should not have access to guns.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Amen Paul!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kodak

      ok. Outlaw guns today, how long will it take to clean em all up, including those that are unregistered? And, who is going to start putting together a national list of disfunctional people? Or start now to make marriage and the rearing children worth something important.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • LesMoore

      @ John – This lady was a stay-at-home mom.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dale

    Hopefully the victims' families will sue the hell out of the Lanza family for allowing lethal weapons to be accessible to a troubled kid. Only when the news of multi-million dollar judgments are publicized will the gun nuts in this country lock them up or get rid of them!

    December 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kuhndog40

      Yeah, sure sue the woman who is dead for millions of dollars????
      The idea that your first solution is to sue someone is an example of the social breakdown in America that fosters these types of situations.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcb

      How will this help anything? That is simply weird.

      December 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • becca74

      I agree with you kuhndog.

      December 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chance

      You are aware that a 20 yr old is not a kid? That that family has lost a mother and a brother/son? Those weapons were obtained legally. No suing required

      December 17, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. kevobx

    The love of Christ is his faith in his grace and truth. Peace and safety is sudden destruction. Pride brings self destruction, do weapons prosper? Lean not on your own understanding, are you in the book of life? Culture is mankind's own invention. God the Father is heritage. *John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • FU

      Pick and choose what gods plan is.. Religion is still the biggest killer of all

      December 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon hinge

      where was god on friday?? asleep at the switch

      December 17, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. TR

    Common is correct that gun control laws will not prevent wackos from getting them if they want. HOWEVER, that's not a reason not to have these laws. As has been shown, it will make it just a little bit more difficult. And it will provide at least a vehicle which will make some wackos stop for just a minute, and perhaps prevent a few of them from taking such a tragic step. Sorry, people, but it's time for a few more rules here. A true sportsman and gun owner should be able to distinguish between protecting the rights and lives of the many as opposed to a misguided belief that we're trying to take away Second Ammendment "rights". We have lived under the NRA's pressure for too long. Question is-do any of our elected officials have the balls to stand up for public safety. That's what we're discussing here.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff

      TR,
      I changed a few of your words around to represent another issue that comes out of this tragedy. Tell me how you feel.

      ~Separating wackos from society will not prevent wackos from hurting people if they want. HOWEVER, that's not a reason not to do so. As has been shown, it will make it just a little bit more difficult. And it will provide at least a vehicle which will make some wackos stop for just a minute, and perhaps prevent a few of them from taking such a tragic step. Sorry, people, but it's time for a few more rules here. A true concerned citizen should be able to distinguish between protecting the rights and lives of the many as opposed to a misguided belief that we're trying to take away Fourth Ammendment "rights". We have lived under the ACLU's pressure for too long. Question is-do any of our elected officials have the balls to stand up for public safety. That's what we're discussing here.~

      Both yours and mine represent..and neither end of either spectrum wants to budge an inch for fear of sliding down the slipperly slope in the wrong direction. God bless those kids. God bless us all.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Why is the NRA organization seemingly running this country and owning our elected officials???? Is that not a BIG question?
      Ignore them.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nik green

    If the killer had been Muslim, the corporate weasel-media would be referring to a "terrorist", not a mere 'gunman".

    December 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pappie

      How the killer is labeled is irrelevant. The focus needs to be on the victims, not what label the media affixes to the murderer.

      December 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kevobx

    The world is afraid of grace and truth, why is that? The tongue is wicked and it cannot be tamed. (Matthew 15:11) *Jeremiah 2:7*

    December 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JustThinking

    the father's lawyer was quick to point out how good of a father adam's dad was by pointing out how much he paid each year to his ex wife and son, he pointed out how he paid MORE than he was suppose to...to someone who has it, its very easy to write a check...want to impress me???? tell me how much time he spent with his son, how often did he talk to him, a child needs more than money, a child needs LOVE, TIME and ATTENTION and money cannot buy these
    i was also disturbed by his older brother saying he hadn't either seen him or spoken to him since 2010...this bothered me

    December 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • A Realist 2

      Well said...

      December 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • javawithjulie

      The atheist woman who is crying because it's a human emotion has yet to think about how she got that emotion. You are crying because God made you that way. Christianity did not start with violence. Satan is the creator of violence.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • CD

      You're right! Papa pays money and Mama buys guns. That's a happy family and a healthy environment for a young man's development? What a sad story!

      December 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. FU

    Lets all pray..... BLAH... Religion has killed more people than anything.

    December 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dpk921

      Has anyone ever totaled the number of people God killed in the Bible?

      December 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. goodfella1962

    Stop blaming everyone and everything for this but who pulled the trigger. It's Adam Lanza's fault. I refuse to believe that anything but his personal choice can explain away his actions. Why he chose to do what he did, we will probably never understand. Instead of blaming it on access to guns, why isn't the focus on school security?

    December 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Smith

      Or mental illness....

      December 17, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
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