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. Manish

    I am not able to fathom why would a mom of 2 need 3 guns including a semi automatic.

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

      Just an FYI: they were all semiautomatics.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Story Keeps Changing

    "Shot his way into the school. Really...!!!!

    Before the story changed....I read at least 4 different articles by 4 different sources that said the shooter was buzzed in.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    It's time the rational and sane pro-gun supporters split with the irrational and insane pro-gun supporters. Those that continue to fight to keep assault weapons legal – the line "people kill, not guns" is your attempt to not feel guilty about all of the needless murders that have been occurred because you made it possible.

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

      I love the loaded bias in that statement.

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

      Bias in and of itself is neither good nor bad. The question is whether or not the statement made was true. It is interesting that you did not attempt to logically counter my statement.

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

      Davis is right. There is no reason on earth to own an assault weapon unless you are in military conflict. They are built to kill mass numbers of people, like bombs. Do you defend the right to own bombs? Those who make assault weapons legal bear some responsibility.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Kerry

    The point of discussion to to achieve a result of an issue. The knowledge that people kill people not guns killing people is true. However, that task of weeding out and identidying a mentally sick person is something nobody knows how to identify. What we do know, is that several fo these kinds ofpeople use guns to do their work. So, with that in mind, it would only make sense to limit the tools available to a menatlly ill person. If we were to take away the availability of guns to him/her, then we have save several lives. Gun control is something that can be done right now, bo time wasted on tests, on what is wrong with the person, what is going on in the mind or anything to delay the fact that by eliminating guns, we eliminate one of the most commons tools of death by the menatlly ill people. Why would you postpone eliminating a weapon that is used by these sick individuals? Why would you expose your children to someone sick with a gun in their hands? Why would you not STOP harm to your children? Your right to bare arms, what about the child's right to life?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • John Hatchins

      AMEN!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sten

      "child's right to life?"
      So it is good to know that you are against a women's right to choose.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sal

    Those kids did not die from a bee sting, a car accident, being hit by a baseball bat, nor did they die from a disease or a sickness. They died because of guns! What don't you gun freaks understand about that? Guns are the problem, wake up! 

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

      I don't like the car you drive. It goes beyond 75 miles per hour, uses too much gas, and tempts you to drive beyond your competence, therefore potentially killing innocent drivers. What don't you automobile freaks understand about that?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Sal, a car is not built or designed with the sole purpose of killing lots of human being in a very short period of time. Guns are. Your over-the-top argument is stupid.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      The second amendment is the only thing that keeps America free, it was put in place so the people "that includes you idiot" can defend themselves against a corrupt government trying to take away freedom, which seems to be the way this administration is heading, hope another civil war never happens but if it does I'll fight for freedom, what will you do?

      December 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teejay

      Guns are not the problem. Humans that are selfish with WEAPONS not just guns are the problem. If a human wants to go out and kill what says that they wont go to the extreme measure of making bombs or homemade guns of some sort, or even wrecking a car into something as well.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Story Keeps Changing

    BTW – I also read by articles that had quotes from sources that said the AR-15 was found in the car.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ratified1791

    Every tragedy is exploited by the Media for political purposes. ALL of them! Where there is misery there is the lame stream media PROFITING FORM VIOLENCE

    December 16, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    I definitely think we need to ban "cell phones".... Not everyone is using them for good purposes, there is no mental illness background check to get one and there are crazy people who take them into a car and text while driving. This has resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people.... Please put a ban on cell phones....or maybe just the cell phones that can text.....

    December 16, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaye

      Stupid people with guns, kill a lot people more than cell phone texting drivers.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The concept is this the relavancy...if he had carried in a propane tank from a BBQ grill and exploded it.....would we be looking to outlaw BBQ grills.... the bottom line is the man was sick and regardless of method he was determined to take down many innocent people....that would not be stopped by knee jerk legislation.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      Rather install cell phone jammers in all vehicles. This way you won't be able to talk and text while you either drive or sit in a vehicle.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      Bottom line. A significant majority of Americans still support the right to bear arms. All the whining in the world isn't going to change it. They understand that you do not punish innocent people for those who abuse their rights. They support personal responsibility not mass punishment.

      December 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sal

    And so is the NRA profiting from gun violence! 

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

      Your point is irrelevant in the fact this world revolves around making money. Every insruance company gains money from vehicle wrecks, every doctor gains money from an injury. Every single business or organization is in the business to make money. The NRA has nothing to do with violence the weapons they represent create.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. David

    With the NRA unwilling to budge on assault weapons, I think that we need to start a movement to repeal the 2nd Amendment. We will be in the minority at first, but with every new mass killing, a few more people will switch sides. Eventually we will be in the majority.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. chris donnelly

    Malloy you are using this for political means...you didn't 'Break the news to the families" on your own, there were teams out there as well as Deacon Greg Kandra and Monsignor Robert Weiss. Stop taking any spotlight for yourself you nutjob! Also saying that "that's what assault rifles can do for you" in breaching an entrance is also incredibly insensitive and wrong.

    Connecticut once held the most firearm manufacturers in any specific area. Now those jobs are gone. The factories have all but shut down. The rifles that you speak of were listed on the ban, but the government saw fit to let it lapse without renewal. What does that tell you? That bans on these types of weapons do not support the hypothesis that they do anything to deter this type of crime.

    A shotgun can breach a entry, just as well as an axe or a hammer.

    Get real man.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Tinman

      Great response. What keeps the general law abiding people out of buildings is a sense of moral right from wrong. What permits those with criminal intent to enter could be something as simple as a rock.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. William Helton

    I feel that in a well meant attempt to treat mental ailments, sometimes tend to separate people from their spiritual and other emotions from the essence of their empathy and I think the emphasis for treatment has not been a priority since the Reagon administration closed down a tremendous amount of psychiatric work in this country.

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

      CORRECTION: I feel that in a well meant attempt to treat mental ailments, sometimes tend to separate people from their spiritual and other emotions WHICH ARE THE ESSENCE OF EMPATHY. I think the emphasis for treatment has not been a priority since the Reagan administration closed down a tremendous amount of psychiatric work in this country.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. cindy lou who

    careful......commrade obama wants to control your every move....even when you can pee

    December 16, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Burnsby

      That is ridiculous and has NOTHING to do with the matter at hand.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      You sound like the typical paranoid pro-gun guy. You are exactly the kind of person we don't want to have access to guns.

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

    I am curious why the major media outlets have not said that the Oregon shooter was confronted and stopped by a CCW permit holder. When confronted the mall shooter took his life.

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

      Because the only reason the shooter in Oregon was stopped when he was is that his weapon jammed. It has been reported many times. No civilians fired a shot.

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

      Which is exactly what I said. The guys AR jammed, he was messing with the charging handle when this guy confronted him. He didnt shoot the mall shooter because there were innocent people and didnt want to accidentally shoot them. This is when the mall shooter took his life. The point is the good guy CCW holder essentially stopped the guy without firing a round himself.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • nit nick

      who cares, ifnobody had a gun, nobody could get shot... idiot. The 2nd amendment is so incorrect its a joke... when is was written hundreds of years ago it took 10 minutes to reload... now you can get off 33 shots in 33 seconds.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • gg

      Eric,
      You are quite ungrateful and ignorant of the benefit of the 2nd amendment. No 2nd, then there will be no 1st.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jonat

    "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.

    You can also smash your way in with a simple crow bar or a brick, pathetic attempt by the governor to get his anti-gun stance into the interview.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Burnsby

      Not anywhere near as easily and fast.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dibsy

      Yup...I sense the Dems really making a meal out of this one in the next few weeks. I am sure most legal gun-owners and American citizens (not hostages) in this country are ready for the propaganda that is about to be spewed from the left. We all have a right to protect our families and own firearms legally because of the kind of evil in this world that has just taken place in Connecticut.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GNG

      You are right. But,he wouldn't have been able to kill 26 people in 10 minutes with a crowbar/brick after he entered the building. Unintelligent attempt by you to spread your pro-gun agenda in this blog.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Dog

      That's also what a car can do for you.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • nit nick

      your pathetic, and your about to lose your guns! ahahha cant wait until all you dumb red necks have to lay down your weapons.... its time you block heads shut the F up already. WERE TIRED OF ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teejay

      Nit Nick,

      All you people that think just because you own a gun makes you a "redneck" are ignorant. Guns are not the problem in todays world. It's those that take advantage of our freedoms and rights. Everyone is tired of people like you having no legitmate reasons behind your hatred. And if we "lose" our guns we also lose some of our freedom that this country was built around.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
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