– 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
- 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.
Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting
The kid had a gun-weilding survivalist mother who knew that he had disturbing mental problems and yet had guns in the house that were accessible to him. A millionaire father and a brother that, instead of helping him by providing mental care, elected to shun him for 2 years.
Instead of beginning a grandiose program to put an armed guard in every school or taking our guns away, the work that needs to be done should start in the home.
In Michigan, legislators passed a more liberal gun act the very morning of this Newtown, Conn. tragedy. Soon, you will be able to carry weapons on campus, at church or pretty much anywhere in Michigan. This same legislature has taken aim on teachers as scapegoats for the financial mess in Michigan cutting their retirement and medical insurance. Whereare we headed in Michigan? We need to arm our schools with the best educators available. Instead, the Michigan legislature wants to arm the parents and teachers within the school.
See ? Everybody is mentally I'll, What a racket they got
I really wish you wouldn't have asociated the term 'liberal' with the loonacy in Michigan!
Can someone please give me a good reason why assault rifles should not be banned?
There is no need for a private citizen to have a military grade weapon at home. Maybe in the case of zombie apocalypse, but that's all I can think of.
I believe they should be, however, using this tragedy as a scapegoat to make an attempt at banning assault rifles is horrible.
To say this sick young man couldn't have performed this act of violence with a couple more pistols vs. one assault rifle is silly.
would you mind defining "assault rifle"?
...and thank you for your knee jerk reaction to an evil massacre
Because what you refer to as an assault weapon is not military grade. The army standard issue infantry weapon is an M16 A4, which has a selective fire switch that allows you to change from semi auto to burst fire. A typical infantry unit also carries full auto machine guns, grenades and rocket launchers.. The Bushmaster used in the Connecticut school school shooting was a semi automatic rifle, which cosmetically looks similar to a military rifle, but mechanically is no different than any wood-stock semi-automatic hunting rifle (nearly all of the modern rifles are semi auto).
Well, except for the larger clip, but I know what you're saying. I still want to know why someone would need one.
I'm not saying that assault rifles are the cause of this. This guy was a horrible human being, and this would've happened regardless of what gun laws existed. I just don't think any rifle with such a large clip has any place in a private citizen's hands
larger clips are available in handguns...should we start banning those too?
or is the high capacity magazines that you have issue with? cause that's not what your original post said...
see what happens when you form opinions out of unbridled emotion
Need is a very subjective term. Perhaps because they enjoy shooting one for target practice? Maybe they live in a high crime area and are worried about gangs? Maybe they shouldn't have to NEED one if they are law abiding citizens. More than half the sutff you own is not NEEDED. Restrict people with mental problems and criminal histories, not law abiding citizens.
Need is not that subjective a term. No one NEEDS because they enjoy using them. They want to have it. Why not let people keep these guns at a shooting range, but not keep them at home? And, by the way, law-abiding citizens are law-abiding until they aren't. That's why giving everyone guns is dangerous.
So we punish everyone because a few will eventually do wrong? What we need is a better process of identifying the nutcases sooner, not rules that restrict the people who aren't nutcases.
It took an assault type weapon to allow him to blast his way into a locked down building. Deer don't hide behind locked heavy doors.
I think you idea is a very good start. Why should a gun owner only have to register it 1 time? I think the gun owners should have to physically take all their guns to the police department to get them registered, run another back ground check and finger print the owner. I do not own a gun personally, but I'm not against people who do own one. I do believe that the ONLY people who should possess a automatic/ high powered gun are the police. NO EXCEPTIONS.
The cost of yearly registration is going to put a huge burdon on tax payers already dealing with financial hardship. Making sure that only qualified people own guns is a start, but that is already the law. Shouldn't the existing laws be enforced? There has to be a careful definition of "High Power" and "Automatic" rifle. There are plenty of automatic hunting rifles that are far more powerful than the rifle in this tragedy. I'm not a "gun nut" so to speak, I do like to hunt and fish. I think we are going to find out yet again that this is another tragic, tragic example of someone that should have been kept away from any kind of leathal weapon.
I understand this reaction, but hope I can offer some perspective. Let me preface this by saying that I work with court ordered emotionally disturbed youth, so my thoughts may be influenced by my work. Our mental health care is dismal and our current best practices allow too many individuals, children and youth included, to attempt to navigate in a chaotic world without help. Medications are costly, not always effective, have significant side effects, and long care treatment centers are decreasing at a rapid pace. I know, in our state, that once an individual turns 18 the parents are no longer able to influence, guide, or control the treatment of their children; they have no say in what type of medication is prescribed, what type of treatment, etc... Their hands are tied. My fear is, that an annual gun registration/background check will not limit their ability to purchase firearms, but will provide yet one more reason not to seek treatment and will exacerbate the problem. I am not opposed to regulations and restrictions, but it will be futile if we, as an entire society, don't examine what it truly beneficial in treating our mentally ill. It will also be futile if we, as an entire society, continue to glorify all that it "shallow and violent." It can't come from government regulation; it must come from the personal convictions of every citizen that demand ethics and honor in our entertainment, our personal lives, our schools, our neighborhoods, and our governing leaders.
I concur. I own several weapons and I support the 2nd amendment. I don't own an assault rifle and I don't feel that anyone should own something that is used by our military/law enforcement for the soul purpose of mass killing. Let's be honest, that is what these type of weapons are designed to do, kill. They are nothing more than fast and efficient killing machines. Let's have an open and honest debate about the types of weapons individuals can posses. Time for this outdated Constitutional right to be amended.
I think it is a good idea; however, I would not recommend that anyone take a gun to a police department.
No, it was not an automatic weapon. It is still a deadly weapon (as are most firearms), but it was not as you described it.
Can someone give me one legitimate reason to own an assault rifle?
With the exception of a zombie apocalypse, a handgun with suffice.
This tragedy would have happened even if assault rifles didn't exist. The offender would have used pistols instead.
That's besides the point. And you cannot argue that an assault rifle doesn't have more killing potential.
It's not beside the point and I never implied that an assault rifle doesn't have more "killing potential," than a pistol. The only thing I implied was that this horrible act would have happened regardless of whether it was a pistol used or assault rifle.
Ok, it's true it would've happened. A semi-automatic gun with 30 bullets in a clip has enormous killing potential.
It could be argues than any weapon that is capable of firing more than one round without reloading has a lot of killing potential.
To prevent the increased attack on gun ownership, that is why. Once assault rifles are removed, rifles will be next. We've all learned once we give an inch, you take a mile. Never again. And in my opinion, what is happening this day and age is a direct result of making innocent people defenseless putting more devastation power in the hands of those who don't care about laws. We're going backwards.
This was not a direct result of people being defenseless. Would you rather that the teachers had been packing when they go to school, with your children? I agree that this is a cultural thing as well, just that the widespread ownership of guns has something to do with it too.
Here we go again... the slippery slope argument... the conspiracy theory right...
Right? I said nothing about taking all gun ownership away.
Because I want one. That's all the reason I should need, unless I had a mental illness or criminal history.
Ok, just wanted to clarify that you don't need them. Still need a legitimate reason someone needs a semi-automatic rifle, though. Over a handgun, that is.
Why couldn't you just store it where you shoot it?
Southern01, people want lots of things that we restrict. Heroin, PCP, child pornography. Should these all be available to anyone who wants them and doesn't have a criminal background and a violent criminal illness?
@Southerner01 : Sure you can have one. But then you need to have a million dollar liability insurance policy. 2) Go to nearest police station to register your guns every year. 3) Give accounts of all your bullets you bought on a monthly basis. 4) If you are found with a gun that was not registered then you should be willing to spend 10 years in federal detention facility. If you agree to all of the above then surely you may own guns
@Southner "Becuase I want one"
Your wants and needs are irrelevant and completely illegitimate. I want all people who think like you to off themselves today, but that doesn't make my wants legitimate. Learn the difference, hick
The gunman put several 30 mag clips into the door to get in and put 3-11 bullets into each child. It is unlikely that he could have done that with a pistol.
You can purchase high capacity magazines for many common, magazine fed handguns. It doesn't negate the fact that an AR-15 is a very deadly weapon, it simply points out a major flaw in your argument. I can purchase a 50 round magazine for some common pistols. They look ridiculous sticking out from the bottom of the hand grip, but they are still capable of inflicting as much carnage as an AR-15.
Yes: Police departments and armed forces. No: Everyone else
KaosinBloom, I hope you're joking. Other articles have stated that he used the assault rifle to create an entrance for himself. If he had only pistols, instead of an assault rifle, he would NOT have been able to get into the school thanks to the principle's recently installed security system. And they likelihood of it "just happening somewhere else" (admit it, you were going to say that) seems small since there have been reports that Lenza was involved in an altercation at the school a few days prior.
He shot through a GLASS door, six times. He could have easily done that with a pistol. Once you consider the fact that a Bushmaster shoots a .223 slug, you'd realize most pistols 9mm or larger would have done the same easily. Both of the 9mm pistols held 15 rounds each, so he would have had no problem doing the exact same thing with pistols. He would have just had to reload a couple more times. It's not like anyone else on campus was armed ro shoot him while he reloaded.
"truth" Isn't it ironic that you try to insult me by calling me a hick, yet you are the one who cannot spell "southerner" or "because"? The reason that your want to disarm me is less important than my desire to be armed is that I am not attempting to take away your rights, while you are attempting to take away mine.Also, note that I posted a salient point, without having to resort to insults. Perhaps if you tried that, people might take you more seriously.
@SJS – so you're saying that he couldn't shoot his way through a pane of glass with a handgun, but that he could with an assault rifle? What a load of cr@pola. You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. The AR-15 shoots a very light, very fast bullet which tends to fragment on impact and has less stopping power than some handguns. A handgun, on the other hand, uses a heavier, slower bullet and could get through a pane of glass just fine. This idea that "the assault weapon allowed him access where the handgun would not have" is pure fallacy.
Why should I be able to own an assault weapon? If (1) the government and (2) criminals have access to the best firearms technology, then law-abiding citizens should as well, period.
@SJS – Your post reeks of ignornace and bias and you obviously have very little knowledge of guns if you think a handgun can't get through a pane of glass, but that a .223 bullet can. Nice!
This world has so many issues these children were killed by someone CRAZY !!!! and it amaze me the only thing some of you saying that the President shed fake tears for these children .I shed many tears it's so hurtful to know this is what America has become no respect at anytime for no one take a minute and check yourself.
GOD BLESS AMERICA and the families that lost such precious gift (CHILDREN) .
I agree. It saddens me to think people can be so shallow and hollow to think the President was shedding fake tears. I have children of my own and wept like a baby. This tragedy has affected many in the same way.
I agree Bronze. It's devastating to me that instead of feeling empathy and offering words of comfort for the poor families who will NEVER recover from this...so many gun enthusiasts (not all) just jumped on the defensive. How does one become so callous to murder innocent people? It starts with being so callous that one ignores the tragedy of a situation like this and only cares how this will affect their right to have an assault rifle.
There are too many guns all ready - so banning certain weapons and high capacity magazines for average citizens is a reasonable approach but it won't do much short term to protect our kids. It's one angle of attack of many. What I don't hear is folks talking about having a designated "School Marshall" assigned to patrol each school in America. We have them for certain flights, we should now have the same system for in place to protect our children. In the mean time, each local police department should fill the void until the "School Marshals" folks are carefully vetted, hired, and trained to deal with situations like this tragedy. Too many guns already out there to rely solely on future gun ban laws.
Got a lot of highly experienced military vets looking for jobs right now. There's a good dose of the people needed for the security positions. Would increase safety in the schools and help with unemployment at the same time. Heck, put them in malls and theaters as well.
what amazes me is that no one is talking about the fact that he played violent games all the time like many of the other killers. to think that does not effect people is crazy and to allow game makers and movies to effect our children is amazing. so we should advocate better gun laws and also more control on violent content
@Guns – To imply that video games are at the least a cause on this is to say that everyone who ever said one bad word toward this young man is to blame. Someone with a mental issue that can not make the connection to these games and the connection to real life can not be used as a argument to ban the games. Some places view Football as to violent and can lead to people being bad and doing bad things; so would you advocate that Football be removed from our society also? Not trying to argue just showing the other side of the coin. I agree with most of the conversations that assault weapons should be removed. Last time I checked hunters are not being attacked by hords of charing wilderbeasts or lions and therefore, one shot every second (trigger pull) would be all you need. The amendment says we are allowed to bear arms, however it does not specify which kind. I also do not feel that having armed teachers in classrooms are a good idea also. We have heard of teachers making bad decisions and what is to say that day when a teacher makes a bad decision that they do nto pull that trigger. As mentioend before, this is a very slippery topic, and one that needs to be discussed later, not during the emotionally charged aftermath of this situation.
Initially, I was awaken from sleeping to the TV broadcast the tragic and horrific event in Newton, Conn.. (Overnight worker with Wal-Mart Inc..) . One of the first of many comments I heard was "why" and since then, the different types of statements and responces made in resolution to prevent future reoccurences of this type and magnitude of events.
The answer to the preplexing and mind bottling question is like throwing a dart or shooting an arrow trying to hit a bullseye during a strong gust of wind.
Some answers points to stronger Gun Laws, some focus on Mental Illness and some focus on media. While all three answers are correct in some aspect or another, it will not rid this country/society.communities of the problems We will face as a whole. No resolution can be had during such emotional time.
I think once the investigation is over, they should tear down the school and make a memorial to the victims, their family and to everyone that was there. There are so many of us that want to help. We could get so many peo'ple to help build a beautiful new school in no time.
22 children stabbed in China the same day say otherwise.
and survived because the attacker didn't have a gun.
Kids stabbed in China are all still alive, the last I heard.
I'm pretty sure that when the 2nd Amendment was written, the most technologically advanced piece of weaponry was a flintlock rifle. If you want to arm yourself with one of those, go right ahead.
None of those guns "spray bullets with one pull of the trigger." Only automatic weapons (machine guns) do that. The majority of people who try to argue what guns people should or should not have can't even accurately describe the weapons.
I tottally agree with you KevinP,
The tragedy in Newtown should never have happened. The ease to buy a gun is crazy. Three legally owned were found at the scene. Were these guns locked up like they should be? All that being said, It is my question is, "Why has there been continuous coverage on TV". There are a lot of mentally impaired people watching TV coverage and it is quite possible some one else may get the idea to do the same thing. How about Columbine years ago. Movie theater not so long ago. The Shopping mall just this week. All the news coverage that has been on television might be the catalyst needed to cause some weak minded person to go out and do the same thing. I believe in freedom of the press but sometimes I think they go to far. There has been almost blanket coverage since the shooting. Bulletins are OK. When all the facts are in then publish the story but leave all of the fine detail. Freedom of the press has to be but, fine details of the story should be controlled.
Here it is 72 hours after the shooting and it is still on TV. This is what used to be called Brain-washing. It is time some common sense is used in reporting the news. This is how I see it.
You almost cant prevent this, there will always be guns, there will always be mentally disturbed people. As long as there is good there will be evil. There were safety measures put in place he blasted through them. Even though Mrs. Lanza may have been a good mother she was aware of her sons difficulties and i cant imagine why she would keep so many guns in the residence.
The killer did not have a gun that could spray bullets with one pull of the trigger either.
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