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. Tom

    This is a mental health issue. Not a gun issue. He could have used gasoline and been just as deadly. Legistation against legal ownershjp is not the solution for this problem just as reactionary legistation has not proven to be the solution in other instances.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • GunControlNotEnuf

      Why is it that so few people seem to see this? Especially Congress? I've heard it mentioned on the media, but I doubt that will get as much attention as gun control. Incidents such as these are being used by the politicians to further their goals having nothing to do with this issue.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blain Smipy

      He killed with a GUN. Not love, or well wishes, a gun. He had access to a GUN, remove the gun, remove the violence. How much simpler do I have to make it. It was a gun that killed. If he did not have the gun, he could not have shot them. If he used just his hands he could have been restrained and nobody would have been hurt. Had the TSA been there, nobody would have been hurt. Your argument completely lacks any and all supporting facts. I even fear that movies like The Hobbit will cause crazies to Swords and Spears to create violence. America is the most violent and frightening place in the world to live, I'm just terrified. Can't go to the movies any more, can't send our children to school any more, can't go to a Mall any more. Just revoke the 2nd amendment, declare marital law and confiscate all guns, forcibly.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike from Calgary

    Guns don't kill people!

    That excuse by the Ameruican terrorist organization known as the NRA for the ongoing shooting and killings is an insult to every thing American.

    Americans don't wan't reasons that sound good, they want good sound reasons. But they are afriad to speak up and to voice a profound grasp of the obvious, because nobody wants to intimidate the NRA. Mad NRA members are just that ... MAD PEOPLE WITH GUNS!

    December 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Blain Smipy

    Gun control laws are worthless, hunting rifles kill just as fast, and why do you need to be hunting anyway, McDonalds can provide all the burgers and meat you need...cheap. Think of all the burgers you can buy for the cost of a single hunting trip and equipment. Doesn't make sense to me. We need the complete removal of ALL GUNS in America, or there will be no public safety. Period. Not an over reaction but the truth. I destroyed the only gun my family had today, a BB gun my son had. He asked me what he could do to help, I told him we need to get rid of all guns. He said he wanted to help by destroying his BB gun for safety. I'm so proud of him. Stop the violence, destroy all guns.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      hunting rifles do not have magazines with more than 4 bullets in them, assault rifle magazines can hold upwards of 100+ bullets....tell me which is more deadly, the man who has to reload every 4 shots or the man that doesn't need to reload at all

      December 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      Thats what Mexico did, now only the cartels and corrupt policia have guns, and people whom challenge either end up beheaded as a warning to others. Will you take your family and move there please?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blain Smipy

      To irael, whats more deadly, a man with a gun with four bullets or a man with just his hands? Invalid argument. A well trained Marine can reload a hunting gun in seconds, as was proved many times in WW1 and WW2. No weapons no mass murder, period. Revoke the 2nd amendment and confiscate all guns is the only answer.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    i am not giving up on my guns even after seeing the bullet ridden dead body of 6-year old child or if this thing happens everyday in the American soil

    December 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Is A Gun Freak

      Maybe you should see the bullet-riddled body of a six year old.

      Guns kill.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think

      Your statement should be deleted.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanbro

      I guess you need to see your own bullet -holed head....there are billions of people around the world, who couldn't event fathom owning a gun,melt alone using it.

      GUNS are completely un-useful, they are the scariest thing man has ever invented...just the sight of one makes me wanna vomit.

      I pray that President Obama get the strength to do yet another good deed for the nation, for the world, and demand ZERO tolerance, anyone owning a gun be ordered to hand it in, throw them all in a hole so deep in the ground, where nobody will ever get to them EVER. I pray to GOD for that.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. worried mom

    Gun Control....we need it, period. It's insane to think our country can survive when there's such easy access to assault weapons. Nobody is trying to take away the right to protect ones self. BUT, assault weapons?? Please God, stop the madness!!

    December 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Time to Grow Up

      Common sense solution: ban handguns and any firearm/magazine with 5-plus rounds. Grew up around guns, and still own three (2 rifles and shotgun). Don't own handguns anymore. But get real, no other country has such a problem with mass shootings (yes, they happen, but infrequently–likely due to the difficulty of obtaining them). Time for some to MAN UP, and be leaders.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhoDoWeLove

    ....Americans love their guns over their children...they will soon forget this extreme and terrible tragedy...like nothing happened. Time will prove me right.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ethan

      You know what Americans love? They love to let the TV babysit their children, they love to let their kids play violent video games and watch simulated murders on tv over and over again. They love to listen to violent music and dope their kids up on pills that cause violent outbursts. You want to blame the gun fine but the rest of us know what the real problem is here.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Look n Click

    Why there are so many loopholes? Why do we need them and if we don't, why it is so difficult to get rid of them?

    December 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      Not to minimize anything here, but I don't think you realize just how little effect "assalt wepunz" have on the total number of gun crimes.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BelladonnaCove

    I would like to think that we in America will all be safe and violence will cease if no ordinary people are allowed to own any guns.
    Somehow I'm not sure about that.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SS

    Islamic extremists don't condemn terrorist attacks. NRA leadership doesn't even have the decency to offer condolences let alone take some actions. I don't see many differences between the "principles" of the terrorists and the NRA.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      Your unfounded hatred for the NRA is showing. You want them to apologize for this event as if they have personally liability. Do you also blame the shooter's dead mother for having borne him? The gun store owner for selling her the guns in which her son stole? Or are you just a babbling idiot?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOEL

      SS, I agree with Jackie on this, your showing your ignorance. Let us take a different approach; drunk driving, alcohol companies do not apologize for making the alcohol that was comsumed by someone right before they plow into oncoming traffic drunk and hit a vehicle killing an entire family do they. The bar tender is held liable, nor is the establishment. What is going on here is "headhunting" someone just has to be held liable for this, it is the way our society is tailored; the "who can I sue" mentality.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dd

    No more children should die. No more babies should die. It is time to stop the most polarizing government in the world supported by the most polarizing and hate mongering media in the world. 2 million babies are slain each year by a Democrat! 2 million! They are worse than Nazis!

    December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Woody

    This is sad but what is more sad is after all the school shootings in the past we are not more prepared for this type situations ! All schools should have security cameras and people monitoring them . Problem is there is no money for such things ! Why you might ask ? Could it be those 6 and 7 figure salaries some make in schools ? There are ways to stop things like this from happening ! It starts with people taking their heads out of oz !

    December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ethan

      I've wondered this myself, how many times does this have to happen before we wise up and install proper security. These gun free zones are an invitation to nut jobs to kill a ton of defenseless people.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. israel

    i am not against guns nor am i against gun control, there needs to be a balanced method of regulation that involves the mental aspect of possessing a gun

    guns do not kill people, people kill people...guns are just a tool

    however, we can minimize the damage done by guns to the general public, the best way to accomplish this is to limit magazine sizes and regulate how many magazines one can have, based on their mental health and their history....theres no need for one to carry 30, 50 or 100 rounds in a magazine when 1 or 2 bullets will take care of whatever you need, hunters are only allowed 4 rounds in a magazine....and they still are able to kill animals many times bigger than an average person

    December 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonC$ents

      Monitoring this is impossible. Are Government is already too big to pay for. We can't expect the Government to solve all of society's problems. It starts with the parents. Maybe people should have a psychological assessment before they have kids. Seems like a better solution

      December 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhoDoWeLove

      You are contradicting yourself. Controlling ammo is a form of gun control...

      December 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yvgeny

    This was CHILD ABUSE driven, please pass the word. Otherwise, NO lessons will be learned. It's not the murders fault, it's the mom, grandparents, greatgrandparents, and the courts fault. I'm sure there were reports to Child Welfare Services in this family that went unanswered. Look for the older brother to talk about abuse in the very near future.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GNG

    Looks like the interview for a kindergarten teacher would go like this:

    Principal – I see that you have a Masters degree in Mathematics.
    Teacher – Yes. I'm also pursuing my PhD in the same.
    Principal – But, we are looking for some other qualifications too.
    Teacher – Please elaborate
    Principal – Are you trained in guns, own/possess a gun, have you ever used one and are you affiliated with NRA?
    Teacher – Thankfully, no. I've been busy pursuing my dreams and educating myself.
    Principal – Err....Sorry, but we are looking for somebody with knowledge on how to use guns.
    Teacher – Looks like I'm not qualified. I'll excuse myself.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhoDoWeLove

      Yep...that's what we want. Then we'll have a safer USA. I LIKE IT!!!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • GNG

      I like the below commenter's paranoia.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • GNG

      I meant the above commenter's paranoia.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhoDoWeLove

      ...And I love some people's lack of sense for sarcasm...

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

    My heart is so heavy with grief. How can anyone not be affected by this horrific tragedy

    December 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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