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. cindy lou who

    did the gunman use a holder fast and furious model?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • martin

      oh, guns don't kill people, unless they are fast and furious guns...hypocrite

      December 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      They do not like it when you remind them that their precious government breaks the rules it makes for them. I wonder why?

      December 17, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andre Rosowsky

    Why did the shooter's mother keep two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle in her home, not under lock and key, while knowing that she had a mentally iill son living in the house? That's what set up the tragedy.

    And as for the NRA, I say "NRA, NRA, how many kids did you kill today?"

    December 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      That comment is uncalled for. 20 little kids lost their lives and you are blaming the NRA? Very sad

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

      How do you know they weren't under lock and key?

      December 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ander

      All adults who choose to own a gun, need to be better educated on guns and gun safety. In fact, everyone needs to be better educated. People who know someone, who has a gun that could get into the hands of someone that shouldn't, need to recognize what to do and report it. And it doesn't necessarily just include guns. To get to know people, means we need to get to know the people around us better. We need to take more interest in our own relatives, friends, neighbors, and understand our own feelings and troubles. We all have faults, Lets help each other and let others help us without feeling ashamed or guilty. (Hopefully before it comes to wanting to commit suicide, murder, or mass murder and then all of the above) The government could help by making mental heath treatment more accessible and affordable for everyone.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teejay

      If you're going to ask the NRA that.. Why don't you ask every car company how many people did you let drive drunk, text, talk on the phone, change radio stations, change cd's, and or change songs.. It's not the NRA or car company it's the person that is in control of the situation.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin Thurston

    .....and you still have the nerve to talk politics?! You are part of the problem. Disgusting.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    What a idiot!!!!why dot you go crawl back into mommas bed

    December 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. dinaanid

    Does that rationale make you feel better?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      Criminals do not obey laws. That's what anti's just do not understand.

      December 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Justin

    Can someone explain to me how an assault rifle shoots a bullet any different than any other firearm?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • gary

      Exactly. Don't blame the murderer, blame the gun. Don't blame the suicidal nurse for leaving her children w/o a mother, blame the DJ's, blame the hospital. Anti-gun rhetoric is based in fear of reality. The guns are already out there Mrs. Feistein, can we protect ourselves please?

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

      sure dummy, an asult rifle shoots 30 rounds in 30 seconds.... unlike a rifle from 1833 which took 10 minutes to reload.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herr Flick

      A high power self loading rifle (an assault rifle is defined as a switchable automatic or burst fire rifle) typically has a magazine capacity of 30 centre fire rounds. One person can carry ready loaded magazines that allow easy reloading in seconds. The high rate of fire of a self loading weapon allied to the high velocity of the round used makes it a formidable weapon even in the hands of even a barely competent civilian user. Such a weapon has no civilian application other than as a plaything. High power weapons easily penetrate multiple plaster walls making them unsuitable for home defence. To allow civilians to access them is risky as even a skinny teenager in possession of one of these rifles can cause a great deal of damage and kill a sizeable number of people in a very short period of time with little chance of successfully overpowering the attacker due to the short reloading period – Most have a second weapon anway. Giving civilians access to this kind of military style wesponry will ensure that harvest of dead children is always plentiful.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin

      herr flick wrote a good description. don't know if this is still true, but the ar-15 round also tumbles, creating massive injury upon penetration.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Name*heartbroken

    Please stop posting and seek help.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. gary

    Allowing law-abiding elementary school teachers to carry concealed firearms doesn't sound like such a crazy idea now. How many of these poor kids might be alive right now, if an armed teacher or principal had put a bullet into this maniac? As a parent, who would you rather be dead? If you had been there, wouldn't you have wanted a gun?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • GNG

      Yes, let all the teachers carry guns to the schools. How about 2 guns per teacher. I'm sure the kids are going to 'learn' a lot.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ander

      Good point Gary, A well armed, trained professional, might, have stopped this. It's too bad that it has gotten to this point, But, it might have saved lives. Then on the other hand, people have always found ways to kill. A person who could figure out how to construct a chemical weapon, could take out a whole town. This guy wasn't intelligent. Apparently he just went completely berserk and over the edge, Probably wanted to out-kill the last mass killer or feel the thrill that he felt while playing a "kill everyone and win" video game.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • LockedandLoadedinNorthville

      I could not more strongly agree, I could use more of your sentiment in the medai

      December 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goet

      Sadly, liberal logic dictates that we must give up more liberty and ability to defend ourselves. We need to "trust" more in our government officials and put our lives in the hands of those with government approval.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      These people who sneer at the idea that armed teachers could have saved the lives of these children must have something against women. Most teachers are women, correct? These people believe that the male police will protect them from the bad guys, but not the female teachers? You see, they dislike women.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike Phelan

    Owning a gun is NOT a right ! IT'S A PRIVILEGE ! Get rid of the guns in America !

    December 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chet

      and what about criminals – are you going to ban them too?

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

      You do realize "Get rid of the guns in America" is not an option available to America, right?

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

      No, owning a gun actually IS a right. Voting is not. It's a privilege.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • fredd fezzo

      Wrong, Mike. Owning a gun in America is, if fact, a right. Read the 2nd amendment sometime and educate yourself.

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

      I'm tired of my fellow Americans thinking that every freedom we currently have is a "right",

      December 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRod

      fred: the 2nd amendment was specifically referring to forming militias to defend against Britain. It is essentially null and void in today's day and age. Take an American History course and educate yourself.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • CClark

      Really Mike? Are you so ignorant that you think that the 2d Amendment does not apply to everyone? You probably support the murder of unborn children, many of them would have been just as precious as the ones we just lost. You are a fool.
      "I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery"
      -Thomas Jefferson

      December 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sabot

      2nd amendment..... blah blah blah... pfffft Are we expecting Redcoats to come attack your town? is there a pack of American Indians camped over the hill, preparing to sweep down and take your women? The redcoats are allies now, committed genocide against the natives, and we have the most powerful armed forces the world has ever seen. We have no need of militas, Mexico and Canada are not going to invade.. The amendment was adopted in 1791 and reads like it.. muskets, militas, press gangs... it needs to be re-written, and modernized.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello

      the second amendment says is it a RIGHT. and until that is changed it is still a RIGHT.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      Your privilege of free speech has now been revoked, Mike Phelan. So sorry, but you don't have the right to speak as you wish.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joacheim Peiper

    I live in California the bill Sen. Dianne Feinstein is talking about is already law here. Man she is brilliant isnt she LOL LOL

    December 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chet

    Here we go... it isn't the guns nor the clips that kill it is the shooter. A 5 round clip can be dropped and another put in so fast your eyes will not believe it. The mental health issue is totally being disregarded in all these cases!
    We need much better mental heath assessments earlier on in live. I have begun to call these kids that have been shooting everyone the Millennium Killers. they have grown up watching violence and playing violent video games all their lives. There is no family that has done this violence that has stepped up and guided their child to not get and do violent games and shows. It is the crazy of media (tv and videos) on the mind.

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

      I couldn't agree with you more Chet. Well said.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GNG

      I guess mentally ill people are not specific to US. Are you saying so? How about other countries in the world where there are mentally ill patients/people and where there is hardly a comparable gun violence?

      December 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin

      if mental health is the only issue here why did people on the right fight so furiously against universal healthcare?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    So what wrong w/ all that?

    December 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Red Dog

    NY State maintained the Assault Weapon ban even after it was not renewed by the Federal Government. Enforcement of any type of ban is always a problem, however. Unless a crime is committed or authorities receive information that someone is in violation, who's to know what type of weapon(s) someone has. The law-abiding will comply. The lawless will not.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. edcoyne

    "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.

    I could do the same thing with a brick. Should we ban bricks?

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

      Nice try but last time I checked, bricks cant shoot 26 people in 10 minutes.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Dog

      You know what they meant GNG. The brick will get you into the building just as well as an assault weapon.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. humberto

    They knew he purchased the weapons under another persons name . That's the problem, More law no Order !!!

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