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. tp1776

    oh, I know, the shooter's mom made some critical mistakes...first, she went to bed at night without the Glock in her hands...oh, wait, she went downstairs to breakfast without the Glock in her hands...oh wait, she turned her back on her son during breakfast...so many mistakes we can learn from

    December 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • bryan

      she didnt turn her back on her son, she was shot in the FACE

      December 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • AshleyH

      No she did not act like a responsible gun owner. She should have kept her large cache of weapons put away somewhere she can only access.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    People are blaming on Hollywood movies and violent games and so forth. Those excuses are not the root causes of massacre. The root cause is why do we have guns in the first? HOw do we stop people from getting their dirty hands on guns? THese are the vital questions that we seek answers to. Especially those parents who lost their loved ones in this horrific tragedies. If none of these parents say guns didn't kill their loved ones would be obsolete.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • David G

      Your excuse is as bad as the rest.
      What killed these babies was a soul empty of any sense of morality, compassion or love.
      We need to lean how to fix the "illness" and not address one of the "symptoms".

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

      so by your way of thinking, we should not educate people on safe driving, wearing seat belts, taking drivers education, teaching kids the dangers of driving under the influence, but instead OUTLAW THE CARS! its the cars right? not the drivers.
      We have guns, live with it. instead of taking the easy way out for yourselves, try educating the youth instead of taking away every right we had growing up. We are leaving the next generation with nothing and by not educating them on ANYTHING they will also be ignorant. I on the other hand will give my children a gun at the right age, just as my dad has done to us. I will teach them to respect it. I will take them hunting and teach them to respect the life of the animal they have killed (which I know you wont understand). And more importantly my children will respect others.
      There is a list of probably 1000 things we could do as kids that our kids wont. If they do it now they will be arrested or fined for. I feel bad for our children and the bubble we are trying to push them into.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      ignorant tool

      December 16, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      getaclue – you are absolutely right

      December 16, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. dgsailor

    A .223 Bushmaster Rifle is NOT an ASSUALT Weapon. An Assault weapon is a Fully Automatic gun that shoots as many bullets as you have as long as the trigger is depressed. It is used by Military and Law Enforcement. It requires a very difficult to acquire Federal Permit with extreme restrictions for a collector to obtain a fully automatic gun. A semi-automatic rifle or pistol fires ONE bullet and ONE bullet only with each pull of the trigger. It is no different than any typical hunting rifle other than it is designed to replicate the appearance of an M4 military rifle.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      You're wrong, you are confusing "assault weapon" with assault rifle. Assault rifles are automatic, and assault weapons are semi-automatic weapons that mostly look like assault rifles.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bart

    The gun that did all the killing is very popular semi-automatic rifle that is functionally the same as tens of millions of guns used for hunting. Does anyone really think they are going to eliminate hunting rifles? Get a grip on reality.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. steveiweevie

    Could someone please confirm whether or not the rifle was found in the back of the car, as previously reported? Regardless of what side of the gun issue you are on, I find it very disturbing that the media is deliberately putting the "assault" rifle in the shooter's hands, when I understand that only 2 handguns were found in the school. The reports are being cleverly worded to imply that the rifle was the reason he was so deadly. You may think this serves a good purpose of getting rid of semi-automatic weapons, but progress only begins with honesty. Showing pictures of a gun which was not even used is a blatantly misleading. Also, I watched the coroner's video, and I did not hear him say anything about a "long" rifle was the weapon used in the killings...only a headline implying he said that. What gives?

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

      The medical examiner confirmed the assault rifle was used in all of the murders. The media had it wrong about the rifle being left in the car.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      Does it really matter? His rifle and his pistols operate exactly the same..pull the trigger once and one bullet comes out, the same as hundreds of millions of other guns in this country. The vast majority of criteria for an "assault weapon" are based on looks, they are all still pull the trigger once get one bullet guns. The only difference the rifle would have made is that it would have been much more powerful and could have killed multiple children with one shot but it is still a hunting rifle, reports say he shot them all many times anyway so that didn't make a difference either.

      Mental Health issues is where we need to focus. The guy broke numerous laws already, having more on the books wouldn't have stopped him.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • steveiweevie

      Jeff,
      Did you hear the medical examiner say that, or did you just read the headline. I watched the video. I never heard him say anything like that, unless he mumbled it.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      His mother had a cache of several guns some of which were not semi-automatic. The shooter chose the semi-auto weapons for a reason. It's not that hard to figure out. Defending those assault type weapons with the same old lame arguments has gotten us where we are today. If you're defending assault weapons then you're part of the problem.

      December 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • InCT

      The medical examiner said the words "long gun" more than once in the interview yesterday to describe which gun was used to kill the victims. Said it was used to kill all the people he personally autopsied. 7 of the vistims IIRC. Pretty sure he also mentioned the gun by name. But I am certain he used the long gun term multiple times.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Randi

    The semi-automatic rifle was not used in the attack. It was left in the back seat of his mother's car. He used two handguns.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • WCT

      Read the up to date police reports and coroner's briefing. He was carrying the two pistols and the Bushmaster for the attack and the coroner has stated all the victim's he has examined were killed by the rifle. The police are stating it was a shotgun that was found in the car. Early media reports had mistakenly reported that it was the assault rifle.

      December 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      You are wrong. The corner stated that the rifle was the only weapon used in the shootings. He personally viewed seven of the victims and said each suffered anywhere between 3 to 11 gunshots. The police have confirmed this now.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. peaceinourtime

    Divorce, video games, guns, lonely kids....these are all symptoms of spiritual bankruptcy in our country. The problem is bigger and deeper than these. Are we willing to overhaul our entire way of looking at life? These horrific things will continue unless we change dramatically on a spiritual level. Our "values" of independence and consumerism "me, me me" are bringing us to this. It's frightening. Hate to be the sandwich sign carrier, but....

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

      You could not be any more correct. This old argument of guns or no guns is sooooo old.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JP23

    I have several guns. My hunting rifles hold 5 or 6 rounds. Hunting doesn't require 30 rounds; if you miss the animal runs or flies away.

    To defend my home I would choose a shot gun, or maybe a pistol.

    Assault guns with large magazines are not needed for any legitimate reason. They are for wars. If Canada attacks I don't expect to be fighting them in my front yard. I expect that the army will take care of it.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve Wilson, Canada

      JP23,

      Thank you for your comments. You are right on the money. At least someone on this board understands what the hell is going on.

      I'm a hunter too, from Canada, and assault type weapons or ANY full aoutomatic rifles or machine guns are NOT needed by ANY citizen. We have armies that can handle attacks from other countries.

      And, don't worry... we Canadians won't attack you guys.

      We know better... your country could take us on a simple phone call.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      well if we have another civil war neighbor against neighbor or citizens versus government/UN, I hope you enjoy reloading your bolt action .22
      Me? I will feel quite warm and cozy with my Semi-Auto Panther .308 battle rifle and my high capacity Five-Seven handgun

      " I expect that the army will take care of it" <- that's naive. I wish people like you understood what threads hold this country together and makes it great from the very beginning. So many dead soldiers would be disappointed with unpatriotic people like you who are wishing our liberty's to be stripped away from law abiding citizens.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AshleyH

      YES! Exactly!!

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

      BTW Brian you have no clue and suffer from beta male complex. This military wife feels more comfortable with the military having those arms not every joe blow in america. People like you are paranoid and scare the crap out of me.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      If our military has all the combat type guns and all we have is hunting weapons then how would we defend our selves from our own government? Some people put too much trust in our politicians.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teejay

      There is multiple people in our military that unfortunately come home from war and have their rifles and guns but do not have a straight mindset and end up killing people as well. We have been given the RIGHT to Bear Arms as American citizens because of our forefathers. There are people that take that for granted but our rights cannot be forgotten.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bart

    I do not think anyone in the newsmedia really knows. There is video from a helicopter that they have shown numerous times of them pulling a long gun from his car. That is where people are getting confused, that may be the reported .223 or it may be another gun that he had but did not take into the school.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ordinary Average American

    This is sickening . . . what makes people do such terrible things to little kids? I'm so discouraged about America . . . she is in BIG trouble!

    December 16, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bart

      Murder rates in this country in all categories, with or without guns and with or without children are the lowest they have been in over 50 years. Don't let the 24 hour newscoverage convince how terrible the times are you live in. These mass shooting are a recent phenomena but not indicitive of where we are going as a country.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      Has been for some time now.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pro Death

    They are not saying much about the supposed "confrontation" the day before. 4 school members & adam lanza. Supposedly 1 of the 4 involved in the confrontation called in sick friday...

    December 16, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • steveiweevie

      I think that was only a rumor.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • samhowsare

      I heard on CNN yesterday that the confrontation reports are now unfounded, just a rumor with no evidence to back it.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • hey

      The governor also neglected to mention that one can break in with a crow bar. And thats what steel tools "can do for you".

      December 16, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey you

      Hey: a crow bar would have given people time to react. I imagine hearing gun shots versus metal clanking would provide different reactions. The police could have been there before the door was opened.
      Hey: The shooter was in violation of gun laws, but not the people who gave him direct access. He would not have had those guns. There are a lot of people who are within the current gun laws who have accidents, whose children shoot themselves or others...we don't take this much risk in most areas of our lives, why are we willing to have these deaths? Accidents happen no matter how careful people are. People say guns save lives...are we talking about the police? If not, give me numbers on the lives saved with household guns.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • dinaanid

      "Hey" Don't for one second defend the type of weapon that is ONLY made for mass mayhem. YOUR self-absorbed right to bear assault weapons means the rest of us have to live with fear.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      Heyyou – there are plenty, you just don't hear about them from the gun hating press.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. steveiweevie

    Chris,
    Be honest with yourself for a change. We're having an adult conversation here.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Melody

    From here on in I am wondering if we can stop using the gunman's name in an attempt to discourage others who just want attention and notoriety. Who knows if that is what this gunman's purpose was, but I would believe that the man shooting a gun off in the parking lot of a mall in Saturday wanted attention. I have no interest personally knowing who the shooter is. Don't give them the attention some are seeking.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • canuck

      I just call him the murderer....

      December 16, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Chutzpah

      If he isn't named, there's a risk of confusion with the murderer who shot up a mall the day before, the murderer who shot up a hospital the following day...

      December 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tom - California

    The Republican Party needs to stop taking " BLOOD MONEY" from the NRA!

    December 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sean

      Assault rifles are not needed. However, the gun is no more responsible fo this tragic event than a car is responsible for when a drunk person decides to get behind the wheel.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Knotty Boy

      That needs to be fair on both sides, then. Democrats need to stop taking advice and money from the Brady campaign.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Sane gun owners – please speak out against the insane gun owners who want to keep assault weapons legal.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • hey

      This is a case of manipulation by media and policy makers. If you look at the data, our murder rate is lower now than it was during the 1890's-(including mass homicides). The difference now is that information travels at lightning speed. Furthermore, the shooter here was in violation of CURRENT GUN LAWS. Prior to VT, and Columbine, the worst mass shooting in the US was in the 1950s. also throwing out the video game effect non-sense. Its too much to cover here, but there is a ton that the general public refuses to get themselves up to date on (and the government is more than happy to feed the screaming monster).

      December 16, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Hey Sean...If you had a car that only went 90 miles and hour would want everybody to be able to have one and drive around your neighborhood?

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

      "Tom" the NRA is the only thing left holding the torch for the citizens 2nd amendment, if that get's stripped away it wont be long before other liberties are removed as well, the right to bear arms is the only thing we have against a tyranny government. This country will fall soon because of people like you who are trying to turn it into a "police" state

      December 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Washington state says

    Massacres and individual homicides have happened since the dawn of time, with or without guns. A gun is only a tool of a deranged mind, and if that person doesn't have a gun to do his work, he will choose a different tool. History has proven this simple fact beyond any shadow of doubt.

    Even today in countries such as the UK, Australia and Denmark where gun ownership is severely restricted, the violent crime rate per capita is vastly higher than the US. In China, March and May of 2010 a total of 15 children were massacred with a knife and a cleaver in two separate school attacks.

    The tragedy in conn is not an isolated incident unique to the US, and it's certainly not a result of ready access to guns.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dinaanid

      The homicide rate in the US is 4 times that of the countries you mentioned.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      Russia has stricter gun laws and still has higher firearms deaths. So what is your point?

      December 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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