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
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. Randy Harmon

    If we are going to talk gun control, and compare ourselves to other Countries then we should start with MEXICO.

    Guns are out lawed in Mexico, yet they have the highest crime involving guns. Is that because the criminals have the guns and the law abiding citizens aren't allowed to have them.

    Criminals have overrun the Country and the Government can’t get control, yet the innocent law abiding citizens keep getting buried.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cm3uk

      Um, Mexico is a terrible comparison to the U.S. Try Western Europe buddy

      December 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gero

      And most of them come from the good ole USA

      December 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      Very few of the guns in Mexico come from or through the US. Most of them are military grade weaponry like full auto AK47s,machine guns, grenade launchers and all sorts of other armaments that are not legal for sale in the US. One of the most significant documented sales of US firearms in Mexico is through the government's "fast and furious" program.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    USA is in a fiscal cliff and now is the best moment to raise the taxes ..... on guns.
    Handguns: $6000/year per unit
    Rifles: $12K/year per unit
    We pay high taxes to use normal things (house. car, food) and we do not pay high taxes to buy and use evil instruments of death ???
    I

    December 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sierra A

    Placing gun restrictions on average citizens is a mistake. Why limit law abiding citizens when those are not the people causing these disasters. Also, all of the guns used were registered in this case by a law abiding citizen. Even with all of the restrictions and "fail safe" checks you are talking about wouldn't have prevented this. The sad truth is, we cannot prevent things like this from happening by gun control. And to answer your previous question, I would prefer the option for teachers to be armed in their classrooms if they are trained, certified and willing. I am more than confident that expanding gun ownership to schools/universities, classrooms, work etc would help in preventing people from getting away with shooting sprees like this.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jackson

      Yes, cuz by the time the cops get there, its usually too late.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Lemieux

      For some people, crime tape and a chalk silhouette is preferable to someone actually defending themselves.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • brooks taylor

      Adam Lanza was a law abiding citizen up until friday. Your argument is stupid.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knucklehead

      They're all law-abiding....until they're not.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Staff

      But then what happens if a teacher goes nuts and has this training and weaponry?

      December 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      On what basis are you "more than confident" that further arming our citizenry - teachers, this time - would make schools safer? Do you believe that having dozens of guns, presumably loaded and ready to fire, floating around a school is a safer situation? How many classroom escalations that would have never turned deadly would suddenly become deadly? How many times would a gun be mistakenly left unattended. How many times would a teacher accidently pull the trigger, accidentally hit someone other than the intended target? How many angry, hormone-hyped teenagers would, instead of shooting or stomping out of class, reach for and successfully grab the gun from an unsuspecting teacher?

      The uncontroverted fact is that the more easily guns are available, the more likely a nation is to experience gun violence. The history of this nation is one of constant gun violence at a level so far beyond that of similarly "developed" nations that we stand out on the planet like a bunch of violent nuts. And yet the repeated answer to this violence is to arm the citizens yet more. If that is the path of the second amendment, then this nation is not worth the paper on which our constitution was printed.

      I would say that we deserve what we get, but the kids sure as hell didn’t deserve to die for the pigheaded mistakes of our nation's adults.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • claudia

      Well the average citizen was able 2purchase the guns legally n this is what happend. In most shotting they take their family guns. I'm not saing 2restrict guns, but 2have better laws on the purchase of this guns. They should do more investigation on people when purchsing a gun. I just don't understand how this work, an example... I had 2renew my life insurance n it took a little more than 2month 2get it approved cus I when thru depression, but it takes only 2days 2get a gun permit! How is that possible? They do a longer investigation cuz I could commit suicide but approve u 4a permit in 2days cus they want ur money. This is wrong n it needs 2change!

      December 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • abc

      This is the exact indifference that needs to change in this country. We have 20 dead children and all you can argue is that we can't prevent this kind of tragedy? INACTION is not an option!!!

      No one is saying that we take guns away from law abiding citizens. However, there is a much larger argument for regulating WHO has access to these weapons and WHICH weapons a private citizen can purchase. We regulate automobiles, banks and healthcare MORE THAN WE DO GUNS!!!!

      December 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • look into the facts

      we need to fix the problem and guns are not the problem. If guns were not available, bombs maybe? Or a biochemist creating specific bacteria to spread and kill?

      I do not own a gun and have no intention of doing so. My gripe is that turning this into a gun control issues dilutes the opportunity to actually nail the root cause. Yes, the root cause is childhood trauma and actually doing something about it.

      In fact childhood trauma is the #1 cause for later adult; suicides, robbing, rap-ing, homelessness, poor school performance, drug addiction..

      December 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • look into the facts

      this needs to be fixed

      December 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joanna

      Arm the teachers? The killer's mom was an armed teacher. I am from Canada so maybe someone from US can explain to me why an elementary school teacher in a small community needs semi-automatic guns? What are real dengers in this particular community that such protection
      is needed?Thank you.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sierra A

      I am not indifferent to innocent people/children dying. I'm against gun control. I grew up around guns my entire life and was educated on how to use them. If there's an intruder in my home and I point an AR-15 or M4 in their face, they'll leave. I don't want someone afraid of guns to take my right away to own an assault rifle. Everyone wants to talk about guns as if they are the problem. They aren't the problem, the individual is. Unfortunately you cannot predict human actions.

      Secure our properties, arm our citizens.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stuff

      Gun laws need to change – the average citizens does not need a semi automatic or assault rifle for protection in this country nor do they need more than one registered weapon. The right to bear arms does not mean I can have mortors rounds, grenades or rocket lauchers either. If the writers of the Consitution were to witness some of school massacres where innocent children are gunned down in classrooms and in our streets everyd ay the Bill of Rights would have limited what we consider an inalienable right. Gun enthusiasts can lease or be required to leave their guns at the range and not have them stored a home where kid and nuts get get access.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I donot agree with your argument. Look at other countries. Especially uneducated and under developed countries. They have even more crazy people and there peole do die every day. But not like this...massive scale...only because they do not have access or ability to perform mass killings. I guess, No one here is saying no to treat ill or crazy people....point is that is not the only way.

      Immediate solution is ...gun control. Was it a family or military to have so may guns and ammunition and you call that as self defense or hobby or passion. I call it as madness....for.both selling them and to haveing them.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • religion&politics

      What part of "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" do you people not understand?!?!

      Just because a gun looks "scary" (i.e. AR-15, etc) doesn't make it necessarily more dangerous than any other type of weapon, nor does a high-cap clip make it more dangerous. If I was a nutbag intent on killing people, but was restricted to 10-rnd magazines, I'd just bring 3x as many. The 1994-2004 Assault Weapons Ban was a joke and had no effect on crime, and bringing it back would do nothing to stop this type of thing at all.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Usa2

    @FC what is a terriost attack? Look it up don't think it fits the description? @everyone who thinks guns should be banned buy a clue. Timothy mcvvae blow up a building many casualties and deaths, guy flew a small private plane into the IRS building in Texas. Some people just snap we need to focus on the problem and get some God back in our lives and talk to one another again. Make connections with your neighbor and build relationships ink we forgot how to do that.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jerry Lemieux

      Prior to McVeigh, one of the worse mass murders in the US was done with a Molotov cocktail thrown into a nightclub.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Questel

      @USA2 - Get God back in our lives? How did that help the victims of the Amish school shooting in Pennsylvania?

      December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • For what it's worth

      How did God help the Amish in that case? Well God gave them the ability to forgive the shooter, the same day. God gave the victims parents the ability to console the widow and children of the gunman. I'd say that's something.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MtulQ

      yes, and god just told me he wants the US to ban semi-automatic assault weapons and provide free health care... :)

      December 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KaosinBloom

    @tjbeck-

    Yes, they are alive. It could be a fortunate outcome to a horrible situation though. The fact remains that a man with a knife stabbed 22 people before being stopped. 22 people. That number is quite close to 26.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. sandra

    Why are they not focusing on the older brother? He is just as guilty of this terrible ordeal as his younger brother he was hiding in the woods he never even attempted to call the police or try and stop his brother from taking innocent lives he might as well have pulled the trigger himself!

    December 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jakefish

    I can`t understand why anyone would shoot a child or any human for that matter. To shoot a person that is completely defenseless & innocent of any threat to anyone is not normal behavior . I think the behavior this shooter displayed was that of a person totally desensitized . I do not have kids but do have nieces & nephews. I do not condone toy guns or violent video games for kids,especially those who seem to be obsessed with shooting anything. I think they are becoming desensitized from these games. I have seen them play these games and it disturbs me greatly. I don`t think they realize what death actually is. I have talked to them about this & told them that in real life there is no restarting the game when a REAL person is shot an killed. They seem to be on a high when they are blasting away while shooting at characters more times than it would be necessary to kill human beings . Why would he shoot these victims repeatedly as if he had NO CLUE what a real bullet could do. I may be wrong but would guess this kid was not normal an if he played video games with violence, it was helping to cultivate violent behavior. NO person...who enjoys any type of violence should be exposed or allowed to possess a firearm of any kind. I don`t have the answer or the solution to this problem. I do know if I had children I would value their safety more than any thing I can think of. I would want their school to be secure & have the ability to deal with all threats. Schools need someone trained with access to a firearm when one is needed, in situations like this it may possibly be the only immediate solution . If someone was there to neutralize this situation maybe no lives would have been lost. I can understand people turning to Gun Control at times like this but we need to be realistic. This threat needs immediate actions to stop future massacres. New laws that politicians seem to think is the right answer is nothing more than a smoke screen. I think when tragedies like this occur we need fast solution which may only be temporary ,but have an effect. This is not a time for GRANDSTANDING nor should it be used as a platform for certain politicians to advance their interests or cause .I do not believe they know the answer to this problem. I heard senator McCarthy say not everyone can be saved . That maybe so but it is an unacceptable attitude of someone who has the solution. This should not be an issue about votes as usual, but saving lives. If all guns were eliminated by law in this country it would only remove the guns that citizens turn in. There are tens of millions of guns in this country & to believe that all will be eliminated is a fallacy. If not in the budget to pay for security in every school then maybe some benefits for staff or programs need to be cut. In my opinion security for children in their classroom is the main priority now. Unfortunately there is always going to be that danger of a copycat incident especially when the exposure by the media & internet is nonstop. What is the answer to eliminate this from happening again ,today or tomorrow ? Do we really have time for congress to try out their theories thru trial & error ? We need answers now how to eliminate this from happing again... immediately ! I would like to hear some real solutions !

    December 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • crazy joe

      I can`t understand why anyone would shoot a child or any human for that matter. To shoot a person that is completely defenseless & innocent of any threat to anyone is not normal behavior . I think the behavior this shooter displayed was that of a person totally desensitized .

      "And why would a President want to use a drone to kill a U.S. citizen?" Is the president insane or something?

      December 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. david williams

    a few days before Newtown a man in China killed 22 children at a kindergarten. He used knife. There were two other massacres of children in China this year. In none of these killings was a gun used.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jenbear

      None of the 22 kids died!! please have some information before you post and add to the fear mongering!!

      December 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Wrong. ZERO of the 22 children were killed. Using a knife in China, 0% killed. Using a gun in Connecticut, 26 of 28 killed.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natalia

      He WOUNDED 22 children, get your stories straight.

      These assault weapons are designed to destroy life, the average every day citizen does not need to carry an assault rifle.

      Chinese man attacks 22 children, 1 adult with knife outside primary school – NY Daily News

      New York Daily News ‎- 2 days ago

      A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes Friday, ...

      December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElizabethKS

      Read that story again, David. None of the children in China died.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • rocknrunnr

      No one was killed in the knife attack in China. Injured, yes but no one died.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • abc

      Get your facts straight - It is in fact, the scenario that you state, that advocates for stricter gun laws in this country.

      The deranged Chinese man used a knife to attack and hurt 22 children in a school on the same day the CT shootings happened. He DID NOT HAVE A GUN, and guess what? NONE OF THE KIDS DIED!!!

      Do you honestly think that this deranged man in Newtown, CT would have been able to kill that many innocent children had he used a knife?

      December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL4T

      None of those kids in China died. They were wounded. I'm pro gun, but make sure you state facts.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • gesplus

      No offense David but you need to read the articles rather than skimming headlines. 22 children and an elderly woman were injured, none died. A gun does much more damage than a knife.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jayvee

    "Yes, it would indeed be more difficult to use a knife, but the fact remains that it can be done."

    Give me one example of someone walking into a school with a knife and killing 26 people. Until then, you might want to reevaluate what you consider a "fact."

    December 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Arthur Gonzalez

    Is an abomination what has occurred. A second amendment written by a bunch o f men who have been dead over 200 years still affect us today.laws must adapt to changing times

    December 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • crazy joe

      So there will be no more death if guns are banned in the U.S.?

      December 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Concerned

    Some people say "Today is not the right time to talk about gun control." I would like to know when is. How many of our children have to be shot dead before we can have this discussion?
    20 dead Children?
    30 dead children?
    100 dead children?
    1000 dead children?
    I would like to know what is that number. For me even 1 dead child is a price too high.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Deborah

      Stop causing mental illness with vaccines and horrible nutrition!!!

      December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SBerry

      The time to talk about gun control would be when it can be calmly and logically proven to have prevented an attack like this one. For most of what I have read so far, this is anti gun people taking advantage of a horrific situation to re iterate there personal opinion on guns. Much like the Bush adminstration using 911 to take over oil rich Iraq.

      Please feel free to make the case of what action or law that you would propose to stop a young man who was in this persons state of mind from killing these innocent people.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chilly

      @concened – There is no number and to ask is not possible. Whenever the discussion does happen, it will take MANY months to determine and decide how, who, when, and to what nature it will be imposed. The When is happens is after emotions have calmed. This will ensure that proper wording and verbage, contect and structure are accurate and not knee jerkish in nature. If we get it right the first time, then we do not have to go back and correct our actions. Just to add weight to the argument however, it is not just children dying because of this incident. You mentioning the children is the exact reason that we need to wait. Emotions are to charged right now. Strong dedicated adults also died.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RDA

    My heart goes out to all the familes of the Victims and the town. I lived in the town for 11 years and both my children attended that school.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Deborah

      My heart also goes out to all involved. We need to know how many have been on psycotic drugs during or shortly prior to these crimes. We need to know if these illnesses are caused by vac cines. We need to keep regula tors and big Ag from messing with our food!

      December 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Randy Harmon

    The Second Amendment was established so that the people of the United States of America could remain free, even if their own Government attempted to take their rights away from them. It wasn’t about the right to hunt; the Constitution was about our Government and protecting our Freedom.

    Banning weapons to the point of hunting is clearly not what the Constitution is about.

    Ask the people in Syria If fighting for your freedom against your government is fair, when the Government you funded is fighting back with tanks, helicopters, missiles and semi-automatic weapons and you are throwing rocks.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. A parent

    The comments posted on this blog is horrific and it is very sad. Pointing the finger and making a statement President Obama was shedding fake tears is unhuman, insensitive and just wrong. Regardliess if you are a parent or not, just having love and respect for mankink would make you shed a tear.
    @ comments about there is no GOD, because He would not allow this to happen is ludacris. GOD gives us the will to make choices, unfortunately, this evil person decided to make the choice to end 20 innocent childrens lives, and take away 6 adults whom where mothers, sisters, wives, aunts and grandmothers. Instead of bashing our government, and the mother, the school system for failing to provide security to our students, insulting one another, try to love one another as Jesus loves us. We were forced to take prayer out of the public school system and discipline, because parents wanted CHOICE, we lost respect for mankind. God bless the children. When we ALL get to heaven, we will rejoice and shout VICTORY.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dre

      You lost credibility when you spelled the word "ludicrous" like the rapper's name. Sad.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike C

    I’m I alone out there having my heart broken, in deep sadness and disbelieve, have a driving connection in feelings with parents with kids and our passion to protect them-and have all that turn into rage?
    I’m a male, married-46 years old and I have 2 boys ages 5 and 8 and live in van nuys, ca
    My rage comes from based on facts I now know that the mother knew her son had special needs and intelligent yet she was a gun enthusiast with multiple guns and did not properly secure those guns. CNN reports she had a “heart of gold”. She took her son to target practice. She showed her neighbor her new guns. The mom had so many problems with Adam she decided to homeschool him. The ex-husband gave the mom 12k in spousal support per month to help support them.
    Did no one f-ing connect the dots? We cannot bury our heads in the sand any more.
    I am very familiar of our second amendment rights and right to privacy, blah, blah, blah. Those rights end when involved in protecting our children and these situations with guns and unstable people. The media needs to get off covering what happened and funerals and get on discussions on back ground checks not only on individuals getting the guns but if possible, their families. Mandatory classes on gun safety and security with frequency of re-testing . I just went through a more extensive background check on getting a new car then if I wanted to get a gun. We need to address and have solutions to mental health issues in the US and how to help people “notice the signs”.
    At this point how do I protect my boys? We can’t have teachers have guns. Security guards are to expense with shrinking school budgets. Here’s a non-lethal solution-arm all teachers, facility, staff with bear mace which shoots up to 30 feet-if that Sandy Peak principle had mace, could she had sprayed Adam and avert this? We were freaked out about germs and have bacterial dispensers everywhere now, why not have faculty and staff have access and be trained with bear mace?
    There needs to be multiple solutions besides lethal force to protect our schools. Hell, at this point, trap doors, blow dart traps, hanging cargo/trap nets, ear piercing alarms-all acceptable to me.
    If we don’t start doing some or all the things above and/or have other solutions NOW, this will continue happen monthly.
    Mike C
    Van Nuys, CA

    December 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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