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. Erik W

    The world's largest mass shootings happened in Norway last year. In fact, it dwarfed the Newton shootings with 74 dead kids and adults. Norway has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. I think we as Americans have to face the fact that gun laws has no impact on these mass murderers, and instead focus on what is the real problem, which is how kids over the past decade has been desensitized my violent video games, movies and TV.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jill

      maybe the desensitization is what they will need for the future of this world as it will be as as the governments plan – every think about it that way?

      December 17, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. bill

    Look at all the self-righteous people on this message board! They preach to law abiding citizens about owning "assault rifles," when they don't even know what the term means. But, they happily stand by when countless children die from abortions, car accidents, and starvation. Hypocrites. Your not upset about killing. You don't approve of the method!

    December 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    @Jeremy –

    Send notices to all licenses gun owners to turn in their guns (that are no longer legal with new regulations) within a 2 months deadline. Anyone holding onto guns that are no longer legal under new regulation beyond that deadline will be punished to the maximum extent of the law.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      SO..what happens when they don't turn them in?? You do realize the govt doesn't know where they all are right??

      December 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimh77

    I agree these have to end, but this should have been stated back when Bush was President and something should have been done about upholding the laws back then. So not after 1998 Obama is going to do something about strethening the laws we all ready have? It is time to bring back public hangings. It is time to bring real justice to America. It is time to make America what we used to be.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vietvet6869

    Why do right wing gun nuts hate children,innocent people, and America ?? We don't need to control guns, we need to control and jail any nut who wants to buy one,for life.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      You'd prefer they were killed in the womb anyway.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      This is a man who is eaten up by hatred. It has made him willing to murder his fellow Americans. He will call himself good, but he says wickedness.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Samuel Nkobo

    Why does Mr. Obama hide behind his armed security while he denounces your right to defend yourself with weapons? Does he believe his life is more important than yours?

    Why do these reporters hide behind their armed security while they urge Mr. Obama to take your guns? Do they believe their lives are more important than yours?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      You have hit the nail on the head my friend....

      December 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jill

      they are more important than you or i
      don't you know
      (sic!)

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

    Sorry guns are not toys or stamps or coins to be collected. Find some other hobby to as far as "collection" is concerned.

    Not ALL guns will be take away .... but new regulations should take all the semi-automatic assault rifles out of the civilian society and put a limit on number of guns an individual or a household can own.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spike99809

      How can the government take people's guns away? Do they go house to house? Do they expect folks to turn them in? I can't see how that's possible.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Why, that is INFRINGING on our rights, and OUR RIGHTS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED

      there are many reasons this country has the second amendment, besides home protection, its there because WE THE PEOPLE
      have the right to protect ourselves from a Dictatorship

      December 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      That has worked well for Chicago right Mike???

      December 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      Mike you star with the criminals first then you mite have a chance at mine.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      Nahh you cant have mine. Just teasing!!

      December 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doggbreath

      Yeah, good luck with that. You people are so full of what you consider to be practical ideas about gun confiscation, but you never explain your "expert" plans about the logistics of what that entails. You knock on my door to get my guns and you are in for a fight, because MY guns didn't kill any little kids a few days ago.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mar

      well maybe you should give up your tv and video games mike oh and violent sports.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdD

      Sorry but our founding fathers made sure people like you don't get dictate to everyone else.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeCee10000

      We as a society NEED to begin holding our government leaders accountable. They are in power to fix this epidemic of deadly violence because of easy access to deadly weapons such as guns and as long you they do nothing about it should be held accountable.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Highly Concerned

      The time to start is NOW. No one needs to own a gun...period. I live in a country where it's fairly hard to get any gun. You don;t see this sort if thing happening here. Guns are everywhere in American...makes it way to easy for people when they go off their nut to find one

      December 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Whatever happened to the man that was handcuffed? Whatever happened to the people that the police were chasing into the woods behind the school? Whatever happened to the purple van with men in nun's costumes leaving the scene that police were searching for? None of these questions have been answered.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • modette

      LOL Good luck trying to collect guns, you know how many dead people there be then!!!! Out of all the things people might go along with removing someones guns is not one of them. I only own a 1920's Bolt Action Shot Gun and a .45 hand gun...you try and take those I'll shot the person that comes to the door...however how will they know I even own these guns!!! It's not like you register your weapons. So come to my door, "sorry don't own any".

      December 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lopper

      and this is how democracy is lost...

      December 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    How dumb can you be seriously. Presidents and other VIPs have always received more security for obvious reasons and the reason is there are crazy fellows like Adam Lanza with guns out there. Once we take those guns out of the picture, even the President might not need as much security.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You can't honestly believe that.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      My life is just as important to me as yours is to you, Mike. Let me decide how to defend it. Why do you feel the need to control everything, Mike?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdD

      I understand and agree with the need to protect our children. I even agree with banning high capacity weapons. However, protecting our children is going to be acheived simply by spouting unrealistic ideals. People intent on mass murder have options. They choose guns becuase it is the easy choice but make no mistake there are other options that would do as much or more harm. We cannot ban our way to safety. The best we can do is put some controls in place to mitigate the damage and we should. However, if we are serious about protecting our children then let's get serious and allow our schools to have trained volunteers(teachers or administrators) in the use of LTL weapons and tactics. If anyone of those teachers or principle had a police grade STUN gun and the training to use it, this event could have easily gone another way.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • modette

      LOL Wow your a crazy person with no real understanding how the real world works. You think if you ban guns, their magically won't be any guns out there. You ever hear of the black market? Take England for example, they have a very strict gun control laws but yet you can buy a gun...LOL In a way strict gun control laws be good I know someone with hundreds they be sitting on a gold mine should such laws take effect...LOL All you did with your way of thinking is create a new underground market and a new class of criminals, and a way to make wealth.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    If even driving with a license is a privilege and NOT a right ... then what to speak of owning guns ... we need sensible gun regulations and oversight now.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      Mike, you do not even know what gun regulations are in place now. The background checks are the law. The concealed carry tests and licenses are the law. You are wild with fear.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck

    You guys are ridiculously predictable.

    So you guys might as well just throw out the Bill of Rights

    December 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Great point

      December 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Survey paid for by security companies trying to increase their business. Do we really want schools to feel like high security prisons? Kids need to learn in free and idyllic environment free from the security threats .... and security guys walking around with their assault weapons.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Even driving with a license is a privilege and NOT a right ... then what to speak of owning guns ... we need sensible gun regulations and oversight now.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Driving is a privilege...gun ownership is a "Right"....look it up....

      December 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Reminder for the gun control freaks, a guy in China the same week, slashed 20 some kids at a school with a knife. People die from knife stabbings every day, drunk drivers, a lit match, you name it, someone's probably been killed with or by it. Lock up your sleeping pills tonight and think about it.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • think

      The kids in China all survived. The kids at Sandy Hook all had multiple bullet wounds shot into them from a close range.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The man in China attacked kids in a school with a knife, a deadly weapon. If you are going to ban deadly weapons, you have to ban them all or you won't stop crazed killers. The man in China may have been slowed by his choice of weapon, but it would be better if he was stopped, either by armed individuals, or by stopping him before he started, by not encouraging him to do it all day long in a virtual world where he's rewarded for killing people. IMO.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      How come I don't see the leftist protesting the thousands of children aborted each year? Which by the way, is way more than 20.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      Let us also remember the tens of thousands who are killed by accidents or even car crashes. So many more than those who are murdered by criminals with guns. They are wild with fear. They believe they can control everything around them if they write a few words on a piece of paper. It is sad.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @John -

      because people can be killed with knives - we might as well allow guns? what kind of logic is that?

      second, not a single kid stabbed in China stabbing incident died. 22 kids were injured.

      in newtown, 20 kids died of multiple bullet wounds.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      With their mentality, one would think they would want all abortion doctors put on the firing line. I guess as long as their agenda is met, then the outcome is only relevant when it meets their needs. Hypocrites.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Mike, if your concern is the kids that died, where is the concern for all the kids dying from drunk drivers each day? Why aren't you holding rallies for the banning of cars? Cars are so deadly it's ridiculous, you can drive one right into a crowd of people and kill scores of kids with them. A loaded bus... oh the humanity! Do you think a crazed killer only wants a certain weapon? Why aren't matches banned? How many fires and deaths... I'm sick thinking of all the deaths from fires.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hyejin Kim

    America and President Obama.

    You need to do something to prevent this disaster in the future.
    If you don't ban the gun, this disaster won't stop and America is the worst country to live in.
    You have nothing to be proud of. It is time to think about that really seriously. God bless for the innocent victim of this crazy shooting. The little souls.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights. This right cannot be taken away regardless of what any majority may want. Guns existed many years before the USA. This country managed without mass school shootings for many generations, yet guns were quite more readily available than they are today. Perhaps it is time to take a better look at the ways in which our children are being raised before arbitrarily blaming the choice of weapon as always.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pad

    We don't allow people to freely walk into schools - at least not where I live, and as I understand it, not where this shooting occurred either.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
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