December 17th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Connecticut governor backs stricter gun control

– First funerals for two of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School are Monday
– Six adults and the shooter are also dead after shootings on Friday morning
– Police: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman, died from multiple gunshot wounds
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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

[Update 5:45 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Monday allowing Newtown to send its schoolchildren to Chalk Middle School in the town of Monroe so the children won't have to return to the scene of Friday's massacre of students and teachers.

[Update 4:01 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy supports stricter federal gun control, Malloy said during a press conference Monday in Hartford.

"Do I think Washington, D.C., needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun-control laws at the federal level? You bet I do," he told reporters.

Malloy, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman attended the funeral Monday of Noah Pozner, one of the 20 children killed in Friday's shooting.

During the press conference, Malloy called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, exactly one week after the deadly school shooting.

[Update 3:58 p.m. ET] Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Monday a plan to review school safety in Virginia.

[Update 3:52 p.m. ET] The U.S. Postal Service has established an address where people can send letters of condolence to the people of Newtown, the service's Maureen Marion tells CNN. Here is the address:

Message of Condolence
PO Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470

[Update 2:43 pm ET] According to a judgment filed in 2009, the parents of gunman Adam Lanza divorced because of  "irreconcilable difference,"  "as a result of which the marriage of the parties has broken down irretrievably."

Peter Lanza was ordered to pay Nancy Lanza alimony this year of $289,800. The order also required Peter Lanza to
pay the cost of both of the couple's two children's four-year college educations and graduate school programs, pay for Adam Lanza's car and maintain a $3 million life insurance policy naming his ex-wife as beneficiary.

[Update 1:58 pm ET] Investigators are searching smashed computer parts for clues that might shed light on the Connecticut school shooting, including e-mails gunman Adam Lanza might have sent and websites he might have visited, a law enforcement official said Monday. CNN's Carol Cratty reports that the official did not know how many computers were seized from the home where Lanza lived, but the official thinks there was more than one. A second law enforcement official said investigators had removed computers from the house, but would not comment on their condition.

[Update 1:49 pm ET] Sandy Hook Elementary gunman Adam Lanza took classes at Western Connecticut State University at age 16, school spokesman Paul Steinmetz told CNN's Josh Levs on Monday.

Lanza had a GPA of 3.26 with an A in a computer class, an A-minus in American history and a B in macroeconomics, Steinmetz said. He dropped German and computer science classes.

Lanza took his last class in the summer of 2009, Steinmetz said.

[Update 1:33 pm ET] Gun violence such as the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting is a "complex problem," and "no single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address" it, White House spokesman Jay Carney says.

[Update 1:05 pm ET] Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress that would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office confirmed Monday.  The senator from New Jersey is another member of the upper chamber with plans to put forth legislation limiting gun rights. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday she'll reintroduce an assault weapons ban when Congress reconvenes in January. Read the full story.

[Update 1:01 pm ET] Connecticut police say the investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings will take a substantial  amount of time. No more briefings are scheduled for Monday, they said.

[Update 12:56 pm ET] There was no connection between Sandy Hook Elementary School and the gunman who opened fire there last week, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters Monday, citing school authorities in Newtown, Connecticut.

[Update 9:56 am ET]  Investigators will examine every round fired during Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said Monday. Twenty-six people were killed in the school and most were shot multiple times, police have said.

[Update 9:45 am ET] Two adults who were wounded in Friday's school shooting in Connecticut survived, State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters Monday. The adults "suffered gunshot wounds and are recovering," he said.

[Update 9:42 a.m. ET] Officials will reopen schools other than Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, on Tuesday, state police say. Sandy Hook may be closed for months.

[Update  9:36 a.m. ET] Sandy Hook Elementary School will remain closed indefinitely as the investigation continues, state police tell a news conference today.

[Update 6:34 a.m. ET] School shooting fears spread Sunday to Bristol, Connecticut, about 30 miles from Newtown, police are saying today. They said they arrested a juvenile on Sunday for allegedly making a threat against Bristol Central High School, but police Lt. Jack Michaud said no one was ever in any danger.

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  1. nomo-repubs

    First of all im a lib democrat that has three reg.weapons. I dispise the NRA and you right wing morons on here defending assault weapons and saying dont blame guns are just plain liers and are lying to yourselfs. Your types are the ones commiting these types of crime while or course doing the republican dance of blaming everyone and anything else but yourselfs! Theres no reasoning with you republicans, none at all . So decent non right wing people stop trying!

    December 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • reason

      Guns are not the only bad thing in life. You need to stop blaming republicans as if no democrats kill people 90 percent of blacks are democratic and bloods and crips kill people all the time. So yeah blame republicans for your problems. China (which has no guns) recently had an incident in which 20 school kids were stabbed. What's your solution to that ban knives? Maybe ee should ban fire because it can burn people too. Or maybe we should acknowledge that people die and we can't stop that. The gangs who go against the law are going to get their guns whether or not we " allow them" how do you plan on protecting your family from threats like that?

      December 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Claude Arpin

    “... all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...
    All gun owners should pledge that their 2nd Amendment rights will not diminish the unalienable right to life of others.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    It is third day.....every time I read about this news it makes me...sad...helpless..emotional.....tearful....and feel...why..kids...why at school.t is not going away from me. May god bless all the little angles we lot and their families.

    In my opinion....there will Always be some crazy people and crazy circumstances that we can not control,....as a society we should  always  try to limit their potential by all  means.There are much more crazy people in other uneducated countries but we do not hear this kind of mass killings (fortunately) there only becaus they do not have access to these mass killing machines. 
      
    100...... 50 rounds? And so many guns...it is a madness to sell or register so many guns and amunition to one person or family with name of self defense or hobby.  This shows that there is no gun control but only greed to make more and more money out of them. Now every human being on this plant is feeling bad by this horrific incident and still do not know why.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. William Betts

    I went to hight school in a suburb of Houston, Tx where the school district has its own police. There was at least one active duty cop on campus everyday. I think this should be so nation wide.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    As tragic as a crime can get, gun laws only apply to the law abidIng people that follow them
    We can't even keep drugs out of our country
    It's a deeper issue than guns, it's an issue on the society that we have become. We can't discipline our children without fear of someone stepping in and crying abuse. There are tougher sentences for most drug crimes than that of some more serious crime
    We are what he have let ourselves become

    December 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scoobasteve

    ....Those guns didn't just walk into that school by themselves. Remove the guns, and those with the mental defect to kill will still find a way. Restricting the amount of firepower that these defects can get their hands on? Wait six days to get it? Explain why this is such a difficult thing. I own guns.I like to shoot. I don't need to fire off 300 continuous rounds in order to enjoy my hobby.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Read the story about the knife attack in China that happened the same day. That will answer any questions you might have about why reducing the amount of lethal weaponry available to psychopaths actually makes sense.

      China school knife attack – 20+ injured.
      USA school assault rifle attack – 20+ dead.

      Get it?

      December 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      Yes, and there is no reason you need to drive faster than 20MPH on the way to shoot ducks with your single shot .410, either. So when a cute, blonde blue eyed five yr old is killed by a drunk driver, where is the national hue and cry to restrict alcohol to 3.2 beer and vehicles that can go faster than 20MPH to law enforcement and military? I guess some dead five yr olds are more politically abusable than others.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      Yes, real all that, just don't read about the number of Americans killed by DUI in America–as if taking that first and second and third drink was an 'accident' and not a willful act of not so fringe abuse. Every community in AMerica has preventative DUI stops, because DUI -is- an actual epidemic. If these kind of rare, fringe events are an epidemic, then where are the police stops in every community looking for divorce damaged 20 yr olds toting Mom's guns to school? ANd if the -real- epidemic does not result in a national debate to limit alcohol to 3.2 beer and cars to 20MPH except for law enforcement andmilitary, then why the rare, fringe abuse that yet doesn't justify stops in every community?

      This -selective- caring about dead five year olds should be called 'Any freedom but mine."

      December 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • religion&politics

      Nicely put Frediano, many of us completely agree!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeopleKillPeople

      @Frediano – I lost a my step-son in a DUI accident. We have check points for drunk drivers just like we have guards and metal detectors at courthouses to stop guns from entering the premises.

      The point being that now it looks like we need those check points in nearly every public place – churches, schools, movie theaters, the freak'n mall for Gods sake.

      I for one do not want to raise my children and grand children in a world where it's not safe to sit in a class room, because someone thinks it's their Constitutional own assault weapons. I have guns, but there is not a need to own this type of gun outside of the military or police.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christi

    I am from Ontario Canada, my heart goes out to all the families of the young angels called back to their God, to the teachers and the principle of Sandy Hook, who with out fail gave their lives to protect and save as many of our young angels, from this possible mentally ill yonge man. This has shaked the world, these where babies who had done nothing to anyone, yet we all having to try and figure away to say good bye. This can and has happened around the world, to many times, to many lives that will never be the same. No one needs to persoally own the types of guns that the U.S allows to be legally registered and kept in homes accross America. In Canada we can't even get close to being able to register the types of weapons that the U.S can, most of them are illegal here, yet the U.S can justify these types of weapons being able to be in any American home, bigger is not always better. I hope now the U.S does change its gun control act, if not these horrible acts are going to happen.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Elpandaquilombero

    This is OBAMAS FAULT!!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      Nonsense. Michele and Barack Obama have already set the one example that might have averted this disaster; they maintained a marriage and family for their children, providing them a safe environment in which to grow to complete adults, not discarded damaged 20 year old hulks.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hj

    So sad.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    Re- the smashed computers, they'll probably find out he was looking up information on NRA membership and the 2nd amendment.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      You mean, before he executed his ex-finance mother in that affluent community, and then drove across that affluent community to execute the children of other affluent parents? I don't know what this fringe 20 yr old nut was thinking, before he was a fringe nut. But maybe it behooves us all to wait to learn exactly what that was that caused him to execute her by shooting her in the face. Maybe we blow right by "he was devasted by the 2009 divorce of his parents." because that is too close to the freedoms we all enjoy; the freedom to dump our kids lives on the pyres of our own happiness..

      December 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    This act of terrorism has left all of us grieving and in a state of disbelief and frustration.
    What else would spur the lawmakers into enacting some sensible gun laws if not this suicide shooter??

    December 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      If nothing happens this time, it never will.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      What all this emotional reaction is accomplishing is, record gun sales for the weapons being discussed. Manufacturers won't be able to run enough shifts for the next few months. America is about to become awash in semi-automatic .223 rifles, precisely because of this emotional tribal response to 'do something.'

      December 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      This is much more than gun control Saywhat. We have millions of firearms across the United States. When we look at where and under what circumstances violence like this takes place almost always there are circumstances of provocation (rational and irrational just the same).

      The more social pressure or isolation that there is between people, the greater the chance for incidents of what has happened in CT. Getting our heads around the cause of these breakdowns has to become the primary effort. We have gone way beyond the possibility of weapon confiscation (true gun control). We as a society have to take an active role in our day to day lives to understand the people around us and the challenges and difficulties they may have and offer to help where we can vs. push their problems onto the "system" of mental illness professionals and social programs.

      All you have to do is look at each case in which ANY weapon is used against another individual to see that there is a very strong relationship between the violent act and the individual committing the act in terms of their mental state.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NRA 4EVER

    Arm all schoolchildren, so they may defend themselves!

    December 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      Nonsense. But the HS my son attends has had an armed guard since Columbine, and I sleep like a baby. Advertising to the world "guaranteed to be nothing but defenseless children and adults within 1000 feet' is the definition of insanity.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan from Canada

      QUOTE: "But the HS my son attends has had an armed guard since Columbine, and I sleep like a baby."

      Do you have any idea how sick that is?

      December 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    Anyone out there getting tired of being bludgeoned by the media about this tragedy?

    We all get it. We need to do something on multiple fronts to make an effort to address this type of unfortunate and sorrowful incident in Conneticut.. But is the media milking our emotions to secure air time, print space to make money now?

    CNN, please turn down the volume of engagement with us. We are not demanding more, you are force-feeding it to us. Please stop. We get it, we feel sorry for all involbed

    December 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • val

      Amen! Everyone wonders why all of the sudden there's shootings everywhere and i believe that they would decrease a decent amount if the media didn't publicize it 24/7, 365. Most people who do this are begging for attention, and we r giving it to them. The people in newton know we feel for them and send our sympathy but constantly seeing it on every news station and website is hard for them, they can't even turn the t.v. on without being constantly reminded.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      This is the exact reason these instances keep happening. People keep talking about gun control and everything else because of this incident...what about media control. If the media doesn't talk about this incident as much or extreme as they do it wouldn't encourage other nuts to be copycats. People will remember the killers more than the innocent lives lost because of the media. If the media never blew this story up guess who would know about it??? Just the people in Sandyhook. I truly am sorry for all those families as I have a 5 year old...however talking about gun control and gun laws isn't going to stop this madness. Its a thing called parenting...which we can also blame the media for taking away parents effective ability to discipline their children. Adam Lanza didn't own ANY weapons. We could've banned everything out there and this still would've happened. Americans need to wake up and realize that our world IS changing and its more dangerous than ever. Which really means more law abiding citizens should be carrying guns to divert people like Adam Lanza from ever being successful.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sal

      I absolutely agree with you. We need to stop showing pictures of this monster and give others like him reason to make the same move. It is sad to say but media loves these tragedies.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turfscape

      Turn down the volume of engagement? This is part of the problem in modern society. You're tired of hearing about this tragedy and wish they would just move on to something else? Sure...I'm bored with shootings, change the channel. Let's find out what's happening on the Jersey Shore. Can't we see the latest on the Kardashian fashion missteps?

      So sorry to bore you with real life events that matter. Perhaps if we got past our juvenile obsession with immediate gratification we could put in the hard work it will take to actually make progress towards a more perfect union and a more peaceful world. There are no easy answers, and there's no changing the channel on tragedy. This horror is a reality of our nation and a part of our society...the society we all contribute to and take from. Engagement in society is not voluntary if you wish for that society to be functional.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Not only am I sick of the media, I am sickened by my own gluttonous reaction to this. There I was on Saturday night watching CNN and msnbc interchangeably. The news stations had their music cued, their fancy titles and lead ins when it hit me; I was watching this like entertainment. We have become so numb to this that the coverage now seems methodical. I turned it off- and yet here I am again online, checking in for the latest. Could we the viewer be part of the problem? Absolutely.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loretta

      Think about turning off the TV and computer? Just a thought.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • child of midian

      Ignoring it, makes it go away. The best way to deal with something is to push it aside, brush it under and distance yourself from it. I know we will make the world a better, safer, happier place if we just pretend this didn't happen.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickO

      As a father of three teenagers (twins 13 and a 16) I feel most interested in the subject, being true that some "milking" of airtime is emminent, is also true the fact that , for some of us parents is the only way to identify troubles in our youngters heads, hence, and avoid another tragedy like happenning to one of your own....

      December 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Scott,
      We are all real sorry this shooting is putting a damper on your Christmas celebration. 20 little children, children with their baby teeth were murdered. Go stuff your face with fruit cake

      December 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      You people are idiots. If people didn't keep reading it, CNN would do something else. It is pretty damn simple. They give the people what they want. There are plenty of people out there who DO want to get more details. Maybe it is a slim hope to figure something out – like a reason – for all of this.

      Still, the only way you got in here to leave that message was by clicking on the link on CNN's home page, telling them that you too are still interested.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      All: Some of you missed the intent of my blog here. The media keeps us engaged in such a way that we spin around the emotion of the incident to the point with which all we do is remain emotionally engaged. WE need to make the shift to the productive sides of the arguments and put forth REAL ideas that allow us as the public to engage others on meaningful solutions with our elected officials and not waste our time in the emotional spin.

      CNN and the rest of the media is using the emotional side of this tragedy to keep us engaged with them, and not with the resources that can help us bring change to avoid the next time this type of thing could happen. Nothing more, nothing less.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Syl

      "unfortunate and sorrowful"...really? "amen" to less media coverage? would you say the same if your loved ones and children were gunned down like this? I have three school-age children of my own. My heart is in pieces for these children who did not get a chance to shake all the presents under the tree, who didnt get to participate in her Christmas play, & who wouldnt return to school after Christmas break to tell their classmates all about what they received for Christmas.

      Personally...I would like to know every detail about the lives of the children and the adults who are no longer here.

      I would also like to see the country find some real solutions to the mental health epidemic to this country.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. iamlisa

    People need to focus on helping with the mental illness this country more than the gun control. People find away to do things without guns. I am not for people owning ASSAULT weapons , I consider that different than most guns people want to own, but the bigger picture here is Mental health care
    May God bless the families of Newtown

    December 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisFrenzy

      The only time our country ever talks about gun control is immediately after a mass shooting like this one. It's a conversation we need to continue well past the immediate rawness of a tragedy if there is any hope of solving the problem.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Family Guy

      We as a nation have too much freedom. Gun control is a small bandage for treatment of a very serious disease. Firstly, media content censorship is needed. The minds of minors are too impressionable to handle the mature and often violent content available through the Internet, video games, etc. These days, kids are growing up without the vital social skills needed to relate to others. Information and technology although of great benefit economically, has taken away the ability of parents to choose and mold the mental growth of their children. They grow up believing in a warped fantastical world of entitlement devoid of empathy.
      Secondly, parents need to be held more accountable for the growth and development of their children. We need a greater sense of community with more political effort to treat mental diseases.
      Thirdly, the government has to radically address the issue of tort reform. Our legal system deters parents and schools to effectively levy effective consequences to non-conforming minors. Just take a look at third world countries and you will not find this senseless violence. The difference is that there are less legal restrictions and more family.
      In conclusion it is the mental health of individuals that need to be altered and not more gun control or added security. Without this no effective change will occur and such a situation will happen time and time again.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      Not for nothing – everyone is talking about Gun Control, Mental Illness – noone has said "Well he is 20 and drugs for kids his age are rampid in this country. Maybe he's not mentally ill, maybe he was on drugs".
      I have a 20 and 21 year old so I can say what I am saying. I have never seen more drugs than right now among 15-24 year olds in this country and I grew up in the late 60's early 70's.

      WHY ARE THE NEWSCASTERS NOT ASKING THAT QUESTION: WAS THE SHOOTER ON DRUGS?? OXYS, ROXYS, HEROIN, ETC?????

      December 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • miriam

      It's entirely possible to do BOTH. What we have is not working. We don't need another one of these.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alejandra

      It is both Gun ctrol and kid control. if you know your son has a problem, to the extent that YOU might even be afraid of him, why is he roaming around putting everyone else in danger. If a parent is scared and wants to live this way, why should the rest of the world have to live with this same predicaments. There are institutions for these type of people. Better there than out and about until they snap and kill a bunch of inocent kids. And yes, enough said about it and all the woulda, shoulda, etc....
      Too late for thsoe parents and families grieving.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The abilty for citizens to arm themselves is what keeps our country free and safe from outside hostile take overs and from our own GOVERNMET.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO

    I am honestly amazed at the level of Orwellian doublethink that is being displayed by "gun rights" advocates.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      BOMBO: It is very hard to be a gun advocate in today's climate. Not everyone in the United States is brought up in families or areas of our country where a firearm is immediately thought of as a device of death for people.

      Many of us have and continue to use firearms as a tools to hunt game that does go on the table or in the freezer as well as participate in competitive shooting sports. Our greatest fears and why we become defensive is that these unfortunate incidents collectively lump as all together as "evil people" for doing what we have done for generations.

      Imagine a drunk driver driving into a playground full of 1st grade children and killing 20 of them. The call will go out for drinking and driving change as Mothers Against Drinking and Driving did. MADD did not approach our legislative bodies to add more stringent control of cars and trucks, but instead pursued the individuals behind the wheel. We can do the same thing here without vilifying gun owners. We have been just as saddened as anyone as we too have children, but we gun owners are not your enemy.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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