December 16th, 2012
10:27 PM ET

'These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change'

  • President heads list of dignitaries and local clergy members offering comfort to the people of Newtown, Connecticut
  • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning
  • Police: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman, died from multiple gunshot wounds
  • Gunman Adam Lanza had assault rifle magazines that held 30 bullets each, police said
  • Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old
  • Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting
  • Soledad O'Brien will be live from Newtown, Connecticut, with advice and insight from Deepak Chopra and from people who have been through other shootings. Watch Starting Point, live at 6 a.m. ET Monday.

[Update 10:27 p.m. ET] Christina Hassinger, 30, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary Principal Dawn Hochsprung, sent out this tweet after meeting with President Obama before the prayer vigil.

[Updated 9:39 p.m.] A long silence followed the conclusion of President Obama's remarks before the audience began to applaud. The president walked off the stage to return to the floor, but a woman stopped him, turned him around and sent him back up the stairs to the stage. He stopped and waved briefly to the still-applauding crowd before exiting backstage.

The Rev. Bob Weiss, pastor of Newtown's St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, then offered a prayer for the community's resilience in the times to come.

The Rev. Rob Morris, vicar of King Lutheran Church, gave a benediction before asking the audience to remain in the auditorium, comforting one another, at least until word came that the president had safely exited the school campus.

Read the full text of Obama's speech here.

[Updated at 9:13 p.m. ET] The president recalled a saying that having children is "like walking around with your heart outside your body" before pausing a moment to wipe a tear from his left eye.

"This job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together," he told the hushed audience. "This is our first task: taking care of our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right."

He then asked whether "we as a nation" are meeting that obligation.

"The answer is no, and we will have to change," he said.

Obama said this was the fourth mass shooting during his presidency, and there were countless other acts of gun violence on a smaller scale.

"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change."

[Updated at 9:02 p.m. ET] Saying "we can't accept events like this as routine," President Barack Obama said Sunday he'll use whatever power he has to prevent more tragedies like what happened Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. "Surely we can do better than this," the president said.

[Updated at 8:52 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is speaking to the crowd, which is remaining almost completely silent.

"We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults," he said. "... I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation."

He assured the people of Newtown that the entire nation felt the loss.

"Our world too has been torn apart. All across this land of ours we have wept with you. We have pulled our children tight. ... Newtown, you are not alone."

[Updated at 8:37 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy spoke briefly, saying "We will get better," before introducing President Barack Obama.

[Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET] Newtown First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra said Friday's mass murder was "a defining moment," but it would not itself define Newtown. "We are defined by acts of courage, by love and by our continuing love for our children and families," she said.

[Updated at 8:25 p.m. ET] John Woodall, leader of the local Baha'i community, described "a burning grief" that accompanies the loss of a child, a loss that is "beyond the depth of human endurance." However, he said the sacred scripture of the Baha'i faith offers this admonishment: "Be thou not disconsolate. Do not languish. Do not sigh and weep. For agitatation and mourning affect the soul - the divine soul in the eternal realm."

Leo McIlrath, ecumenical chaplain of the Lutheran Home of Southbury, Connecticut, offered a prayer for the counselors, clergy and caregivers who are trying to comfort the bereaved.

[Updated at 8:16 p.m. ET] A young boy named Jason Graves sang a Muslim chant before Muadh Bhavnagarwala with Newtown's  Al Hedaya Islamic Center offered a one-minute homily. "Verily, with every difficulty there is ease," Bhavnagarwala said, quoting from the Quran in a quavering voice.

Jane Sibley, minister of visitation and spiritual growth, Newtown United Methodist Church, offered a prayer for first responders.

[Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET] Rabbi Shaul Praver, rabbi of Congregation Adathi in Newtown, sang the traditional Hebrew memorial prayer. The Rev. Mel Kawakami, senior minister of Newtown United Methodist Church, stood by his side, wearing a white surplice embroidered with colorful butterflies.

"There is no death, just transformation. May they rest in peace," Praver said.

Kawakami offered a prayer for the dead and the grieving, "for we are all a family as children of God," he said. "We embrace the grieving as our own. Bring us together in peace and amity."

[Updated at 7:49 p.m. ET] President Obama has entered the auditorium to brief, polite applause and quickly taken a seat on the main floor. The Rev. Matt Crebbin, senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church, is opening the prayer vigil with welcoming remarks.

[Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET] Attendees at the prayer vigil rose to give first responders - paramedics, police officers, firefighters and others - a long standing ovation when they entered the auditorium.

[Updated at 7:07 p.m. ET] The start of the interfaith prayer vigil is delayed as President Obama continues to meet with first responders and families of victims behind closed doors. Sources at Newtown High School say 900 people are in the auditorium for the service, with 1,300 others in the gymnasium overflow.

[Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET] Connecticut's retiring U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Sen.-elect Christopher Murphy are circulating through the Newtown High School Auditorium and speaking with townsfolk assembling there for this evening's prayer vigil.

[Updated at 5:47 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is meeting with the families of victims and with first responders before this evening's prayer vigil at Newtown High School.

[Updated at 4:03 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has just landed in Connecticut where he will meet with family members and first responders.  Obama will then attend an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut.

[Updated at 3:47 p.m. ET] Adam Lanza was identified for the first time by Connecticut State Police as the gunman in Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lt. J. Paul Vance said that Lanza died as a result of suicide using a handgun. Vance added that Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, died as a result of "multiple gunshot wounds" in her home.

Vance also told reporters that Adam Lanza used the Bushmaster AR-15 "assault-type weapon" most of the time at the school.

Lanza was armed with magazines that held 30 bullets each, according to Vance. He added that there were hundreds of bullets for the other weapons as well.

Vance told reporters that an additional weapon, a shotgun, was recovered from a vehicle Lanza parked outside of the school. The gunman also had a Glock 10mm and a Sig Sauer 9mm, multiple magazines and additional ammunition.

[Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET] Six-year-old Jessica Rekos was hoping to get cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat for Christmas. Now her family is left mourning the loss of her young life.

Jessica's family sent us in a photo and statement that they wanted us to share with the world about her:

"Jessica loved everything about horses. She devoted her free time to watching horse movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and writing stories about horses. We had promised her she could have her very own horse when she turned 10. She asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. She was a creative, beautiful little girl who loved playing with her little brothers, Travis and Shane. She spent time writing in her journals, making up stories, and doing "research" on orca whales – one of her passions after seeing the movie Free Willy last year. She said her dream was to see a real orca. Thankfully her dream was realized in October when she went to SeaWorld.

Jessica was our first born. She started our family, and she was our rock. She had an answer for everything, she didn't miss a trick, and she outsmarted us every time. We called her our little CEO for the way she carefully thought out and planned everything. We can not imagine our life without her. We are mourning her loss, sharing our beautiful memories we have of her, and trying to help her brother Travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. We are devastated, and our hearts are with the other families who are grieving as we are."

You can read more about the rest of the victims in our interactive here, which will be updated as we get more photos and statements from family members.

[Updated at 2:13 p.m. ET] Lee Shull doesn’t want to feel helpless anymore.

That's why as a parent of a child at Sandy Hook Elementary school he gathered other Newtown, Connecticut, residents together on Sunday for a meeting to try to figure out what happened and how they can ensure it doesn't happen again.

The group was seeking to move forward a conversation about gun laws, mental health and the moral fabric of our country in the wake of another deadly shooting.

"We’re trying to get the word out to this country that we thought this was a safe community," Shull said. "This can happen anywhere. We need to start here and learn from this event."

Shull said his family is feeling the impact of the shooting personally. While he’s never met the gunman, his daughter was in a classroom where children were gunned down. Three other girls who shared a dance studio with his daughter are now dead.

[Updated at 1:31 p.m. ET] We've just learned that officials have given the "all-clear" at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut. The church had been evacuated due to an unspecified threat.

[Updated at 1:27 p.m. ET]  Authorities evacuated a Catholic church in Newtown, Connecticut, Sunday. It was unclear why the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church had been evacuated.

Witnesses said authorities told them to leave the church premises.  A column of armed police officers walked across the church property and entered a building next to the church's parking lot.

The church is less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

[Updated at 1:03 p.m. ET] Lillian Bittman, a former chairwoman of the Newtown Board of Education, struggled to speak about the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

She knew some of them directly, including Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who she helped appoint.

“Everyone just feels violated,” she said of the town and the school she had been involved with for over 15 years. "It's unbelievable that this could happen to a little school that had so much joy in it."

Bittman said the school had done everything they thought they could to protect the children. And she hopes that out of tragedy, the country can find a way to move forward in a meaningful way.

"I need the country and the world to understand that out of this we have to bring good. This was an idyllic setting for children and now children, young children, have died," she told CNN's Don Lemon. "When Columbine happened, our school put in a buzzer system. But this keeps happening."

Bittman said that the families of those who were murdered are understandably "a mess" right now. She feels the same. The question now, she said, is whether we can put aside our differences as a country on mental health and gun control issues to make sure something as tragic as this doesn't happen again.

"We as a country have to use this to come together and look at all the solutions. What can the world do? Love each other and work together," she said. "Figure this out so no more six-year-olds die or have to watch their teacher die in their classroom."

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] We are learning more details about the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Here's what the family of Olivia Rose Engel, 6, wanted to share about her:

"Olivia Rose Engel was a precocious and completely endearing six-year old. She loved school, and was very good at math and reading. She was creative, loved craft projects and art class, and loved participating in as many sports and activities as her mom Shannon could get her to- from tennis to swimming, ballet to soccer, Daisy Girl Scouts to musical theater, and her church’s CCD program, nothing was off limits for little girl who’s favorite colors were pink and purple. Olivia was always keen to take a spin on the lake and Sound on her dad or grandpa’s Whaler. She was a patient big sister to three-year old Brayden, lead Grace each evening at the dinner table, and was a six-year old with a lot to look forward to."

To learn more about the victims, please look at our interactive, which will be updated as we get more information.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he has been touched by the "strength and resilience' of the community of Newtown in the wake of the school shooting.

"I don’t think I will ever forget the cries of grief and pain that I saw at that firehouse," Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut said, referring to the area where families gathered to learn if their loved ones were alive or dead.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET] Authorities still have many witnesses, including children, that they will interview in the investigation of a Connecticut elementary school shooting, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

"Our people are talking with everybody slowly but surely, but methodically, too," he said. "This is something where people's hearts are broken, as we all well know. And we have to be sensitive."

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] Authorities investigating the Connecticut elementary school shooting are analyzing evidence they've collected, including firearms, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

"We are tracing them historically to all the way back on the workbench when they were being assembled," he said.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] Inaccurate information about the Connecticut elementary school shooting is spreading on social media, and authorities could prosecute those responsible, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance addresses reporters on Sunday morning.

"Misinformation is being posted on social media sites," he said. "There has been misinformation from people posing as the shooter in this case, posing using other IDs. Mimicking this crime and crime scene and criminal activity that took place in this community. There's been some things in somewhat of a threatening manner. ... These issues are crimes. They will be investigated. ... Prosecution will take place when people who are perpetrating this information are identified."

[Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET] Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday the president will soon have legislation "to lead on" in the gun control debate, announcing she will introduce a bill next month in the Senate to place a ban on assault weapons.

"We'll be prepared to go, and I hope the nation will really help," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The senator said she'll introduce the bill when Congress reconvenes in January and the same legislation will also be proposed in the House of Representatives.

"We're crafting this one. It's being done with care. It'll be ready on the first day," she said, adding that she'll soon announce the House authors.

"It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession. Not retroactively, but prospectively. It will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets," she said. "There will be a bill."

[Updated at 9:59 a.m. ET] The gunman used his weapon to force his way into the building, the state's governor told CNN Sunday.

"He penetrated the building by literally shooting an entrance into the building. That's what an assault weapon can do for you," Gov. Dan Malloy told CNN's Candy Crowley.

Gunman described as quiet, withdrawn

Malloy also said he was the one who broke the news to families that their loved ones had died at the school.

"It's a very difficult thing to do," he said. "The parents had been gathered for a number of hours, clinging to hope. ...And you can never be prepared for that, to tell 18-20 folks, or actually families, that their loved one would not be returning to them that day or in the future."

The Connecticut governor also discussed wanting tougher federal laws.

[Updated at 7:00 a.m. ET] Here's a quick look at the latest updates in the Connecticut elementary school shooting:

Relatives of the victims will meet with President Barack Obama on Sunday when the president visits.

All the victims died from gunshot wounds and were struck multiple times, said H. Wayne Carver II, Connecticut's chief medical examiner. Their deaths were classified as homicides.

All 20 of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old.

Investigators have been combing "every crack and crevice" of the school and have found some "very good evidence" there and at suspect Adam Lanza's home, where his mother Nancy was killed.

The deadly shooting that shattered this quiet New England town also reignited the ongoing debate about gun laws in America.

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  1. John Archer

    The news of these children and the adults losing their lives is so sad. I am a Canadian, we have had mass killings in our country e.g. the Univeristy of Montreal massacre, but never at the frequency that the USA has had. One thing that really does scare me when I travel to the USA is the proliferation of guns. They seem to be very prevalent. I hope your country can heal from this recent tragedy and I also hope that your lawmakers will reconsider tighter gun control laws. I know this person that committed these unspeakable crimes was apparently mentally ill, but logically it makes sense that something needs to be done in the USA. I think at the core of all of this it requires some unprecedented thinking by American citizens and a new great consideration of what is at the core of all of this mass shootings that occur in the USA. Why is this happening and what can you as a citizen do about it?

    December 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dark gable

    if i may, todays media coverage is sick. sorry to inform everyone but this tragedy is not something new. with our strict gun control in america and all the times this already happened are you really surprised? the media is over sensationalizing this event. when this happens in a white community the world has to come to a stop. but if this happens in a non white community ," there was a drive by shooting today , and in other news." these tragedies are the new norm , but the media will pick choose which story to over dramatize..

    December 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. speakout

    Why does a kindergarden school teacher has a need to purchase and own guns? Who is she afraid of ? , i think that should be the fundamental question

    December 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. levy

    In some countries where guns are banned there are a lot of killings, but you can't read it in the press. Many times guns saves life. If there was someone with a gun in that school that fool could have been stopped after the first shot or he wouldn't have even tried to do what he did

    December 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. C. Richter

    Wolf, Thank you for your kudos just now, to State Police spokesman LT. Paul Vance Sr.. We, the Connecticut public agree with your assessment, he is a long time police officer who does his job with the upmost professional and statesman like manner. All of the officers, local and state are to be commended on not rushing the info & completing their investigation with integrety.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrong

      they discriminated and prejudiced against personality disorder and aspergers without an official investigation and without permission – so not so professional afterall – many more innocent persons harmed because of that

      December 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    If we can have seat belts and smoking laws, we can have gun control...its a matter of time and of course, gun control is not a solution to the senseless killing of children by children. However, I'd like to see someone try to kill himself with a baseball bat – If someone decides that killing as many people as possible is going to solve all of his problems, he is going to think twice if he has to use a bat than a gun.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • pleasedotell

      It still won't negate the fact the person using the bat can beat someone to death. Also, many states do not have the death penalty, so if the murderer lives, they get free food, electricity, and boarding. When put like this, folks will kill just to be free of society imposing on them. While it scares me that going to prison means you'll be possibly violated, I'm even more worried where I will be after death. So I choose to love and not kill my neighbors in hope of a beautiful and better place after death. I'm pretty sure heaven is real because if we died and it was not, we and all dead murderers would be in the same room – not the best choice of roommates.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • stupidisasstupiddoes

      that is seriously illogical thinking pleasedotell – if god is in heaven – and people get murdered – than heaven consists of both murderers and the murdered – because all is of 'god' – wishful thinking at best

      December 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tammy Waller

    Absolutely irresponsible to shift this tragedy to gun grabbing instead of the obvious failure of our mental health system!

    December 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      "Lanza was armed with magazines that held 30 bullets each, according to Vance. He added that there were hundreds of bullets for the weapons as well."

      what is absolutely irresponsible is a country that can agree to reasonable gun control laws that make it easy for people, including those with mental illness, to get a hold of guns that can kill 30 children in under a minute, GIVE ME A BREAK with your pseudo outrage so you can keep your toys.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      "Lanza was armed with magazines that held 30 bullets each, according to Vance. He added that there were hundreds of bullets for the weapons as well."

      what is absolutely irresponsible is a country that can't agree to reasonable gun control laws that make it easy for people, including those with mental illness, to get a hold of guns that can kill 30 children in under a minute, GIVE ME A BREAK with your pseudo outrage so you can keep your toys.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • essmeier

      Most gun murders are not carried out by people who can be classified as mentally ill. Most of them would simply be classified as "angry."

      December 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      It's both...

      December 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • RK

      You just don't get it, do you? 26 MORE people killed by guns and you talk about gun grabs? 12,000 Americans killed every year by guns and you talk about gun grabs?

      December 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Wait till they face the losses when explosives are used more than bullets, remember the federal building???

      December 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Endo1234

      Why are we just calling him, " gun man", he killed innocent lives....kids...he should be labelled as "terrorist". Terrorism is not just reserved for one sect of community, it is in every religion, community, political party and culture !!

      December 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • upstateny

      I still can't fathom what happened to these babies. The mental health system, Health Insurance compaines, laws, law enforcement, society, our congressmen, senators have failed us. Perhaps if they concentrated on real issues instead of making sure every frickin' crybaby rights aren't violated, then maybe, just maybe things could be better. Who was watching out for the rights of those children? Did they not learn anything from Columbine?

      December 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    Everyone has an opinion but no one has the RIGHT Solution. All of you are PATHETIC!! Instead of standing and mourning as a United Country. As I read most of these comments, all I see is people trying to show-off "how smart they are" and engage in "I know more then you do" arguments. Pathetic....

    December 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Jay, you are not helping. Attacking 'all' is irresponsible and not based on fact. Thousands have posted their expressions of grief and support for the families, community, law enforcement and other emergency responders who have to help with the lost children...we have also sent our heartfelt messages, offering what little comfort we can, hoping the families find some real comfort in the memories of their children and from those who love them.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yami Shogun

    Why don't we find out how BIG PHARMA contributed to all these shootings!

    December 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      diversion tactics from what is painfully obvious for all to see:

      "Lanza was armed with magazines that held 30 bullets each, according to Vance. He added that there were hundreds of bullets for the weapons as well."

      December 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. no-gun

    john and freedom, I agree with you on guns and bullets don't kill people, people kill people. But you two are ignorances in so many ways. How fast can you kill people with knives compare to hand guns, and hand guns compare to assault weapons? Gun control is so we can minimize the degree of damage. We need to have a single school main entrance with armed security guards.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I'll say here and now that this is a absolute tragedy... similar to the one in China where a guy slashed 20 kids with a knife in the same week. If you want to debate speed of killing, and ban guns and knives, you will also have to ban hands that build bombs using common chemicals and metal fixtures. You have to work on the mindset, the things they kill with aren't the problem, because if it was, alcohol and cars would have been banned a long time ago, and kept banned indefinately.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andler

    The Catholic church or some other make believe organization probably put this Jewish post teen up to this just as a way to promote gun control.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Please, go away, your issues are causing harm to all, you have no credibility.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Armand Ferrara

    I blame the parents. The mother for having the guns in the house and the father for abandoning such a troubled boy. They created a MONSTER.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • edgebarton

      You're right, at least regarding the mother. What was the mother doing with all of these guns, esp the assault weapon that was used to fire hundreds of rounds into first graders and teachers, in a house with a disturbed son? Sadly, his mother was the first victim, but even more sadly not the last.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatWillYouBanNext

      I agree.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Divorce isn't abandonment and the mom left the dad.

      December 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gshong

    The political system in USA is incapable of dealing with any gun-control laws. Too many politicians are corrupted with big interest groups lobbying money !!! These politicians hands are full of the children's blood !!! Hope one day these corrupted politicians will be punished by God.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      not only their hands. The NRA and anybody who support their efforts to block any reasonable attempt at gun control including a ban on assault weapons has blood in their hands and I cannot imagine how they can sleep at night knowing the parents of these kids will never be able to share another birthday, christmas, developmental milestone or just a smile loving moment with them. It is pure madness.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weet

      If there isn't gun control already, then how are there already so many laws about guns?

      December 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Connected

      For all those who are pro-gun, I hope someday someone will go into a senate meeting (where they have all this politicians) and have a mass shooting! Then, I will ask them if they are still pro gun!

      December 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John Steel

    If one of the dead was my child I would execute the CEO of the company that made the Bushmaster – and whoever sold it to this woman.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Why not the mining company that produced the ore? Moronic post!

      December 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weet

      So you're a sicko homicidal maniac too? I hope the FBI is tracking your IP address.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      The responsible parties are the politicians and lobbyists that keep block any reasonable attempts at gun control. The gun manufacturer can justifiably make these weapons to aid our soldiers in wars. Unless of course they are part of the lobby that ensures these weapons are sold to ordinary citizens. Ive never seen a more black and white issue. We need to take action right away!

      December 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      That says a lot about you, but nothing about the CEO of Bushmaster.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ann

    All CNN reporters are trying to be compassionate as they describe the Sandy Hook school shootings. Please encourage the female reporter on CNN Sunday to remember her compassion. She just said the gunman used a certain gun

    December 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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