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. jamielockard

    As a former military member, and someone who lives on the Texas border, I can see, and have used, assault rifles to defend my property and my family. It's not uncommon for snipers to sit on the Mexican side and shoot across, and I intend to fight fire with fire. Anyone who thinks gangbangers, cartel members, or others intent on doing harm is going to give a damn about a ban on anything...is a fool. We also have hogs, and coyote's that kill our cattle. No pistol will stop them. Both of the last two shootings, CT and OR, occured with stolen firearms. Both occurred by individuals with serious mental/emotional issues. Do you really think they care about a ban? This ban died years ago for a reason. it's worthless. I fought, and received two purple hearts to defend the rights of you all to voice your opinions, but also to protect the rights of responsible people like myself to own any firearms I choose to own. I agree the gunshow laws need to be looked at. I agree that background checks need to be revised somehow, but banning any firearm, is a waste of time. Criminals don't care about you, the law, the government, or anything else but greed and they'll use any weapon they can get their hands. All a ban will do is give advantage to those who don't care. Use your heads and leave my rights alone.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. KaosinBloom

    @jayvee-

    Are you implying that it is physically impossible to die from knife wounds? I fear you're failing to see my point. Damage can be done to a mass amount of people, regardless of the weapon used.

    Having said that, as I said earlier, I'm not opposed to banning high capacity magazines or even an outright ban of assault rifles. Lets not fool ourselves into thinking that mass murders and tragedies can't or would never happen without assault rifles.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Swoosh

    Should parents with metally ill kids have guns? This lady did not have them locked up and knew her son had issues.

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

      We so not know that she did not have them locked up! She may have has one pistol near her for protection and the others secured. Once she was deceased he had access to everything in the home including keys to a gun safe that held her guns! I don't know the facts but putting blame without the facts is not the answer!

      December 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dt

      I agree i understand some parents dont want to fully accept that their kids have problems but if some Of these parents accepted it monitored their behavior n For the love Of God kept guns out Of the home maybe this wouldnt be so easy For them to pull off. It May also be able to catch before hand if they were out On the street going from Store to storetry to buy the guns. Im sorry but great lady or not she is part to blame For this. Bottom line if u have an unstable child dont teach them to.shoot and leave the guns avalible.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beachmom01

    Apparently, Lanza was a law abiding citizen, no crime records whatsoever and where did that take us? Not an army of social workers can anticipate the behavior of these sick people. Not everyone that drinks over the legal limit is impaired enough to drive a car, yet not anyone is allowed to drink over the legal limit. Same case here... Some will have to suffer the consequences from evil doing of few, yet if this is the only way to stop this madness and killing of innoncents, I say NO GUNS (at least no automatic or semi-automatic if I have to give in some)!

    December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. tjbeck

    Newsflash Gun Enthusiasts...We are aware that tragic things will happen with or without stricter gun laws. No one is saying it will solve the problem completely. Obviously there are other factors such as mental health, other weapons being used etc. But there is no need for assault rifles in the hands of any civilian. The number murdered could have been less had he not used the weapon he used. Why is that so hard to understand? Even if it were to save one life and prevent one family from having to deal with this heartache...it would be worth it. The tired excuse of "it will happen anyway" is not a responsible way of dealing with this. It reeks of ignorance. It's disgusting that there are so many people more concerned with their right to have an assault rifle than the reality that beautiful, innocent children and their teachers were murdered for YOUR right to have these weapons. If you don't get what is wrong with this scenario, you're a lost cause.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • religion&politics

      Hmmm, where to start here??

      How about with the fact that you have absolutely no way of proving that "the number murdered would have been less." Remember Virginia Tech? That guy used two HANDGUNS and killed more people than this guy. This is a knee-jerk reaction that blames the technology over the individual and is completely ridiculous.

      How about the fact that just because an AR-15 is black in color and looks "scary" doesn't make it any different on the inside than many other semi-automatic firearm? There are plenty of guns out there with similar capabilities that don't look the part, and you never hear people whining about banning them.

      I am NOT more concerned with saving children than with owning my choice of weapons, I simply believe (for a long list of very good reasons) that restricting access to "scary-looking" weapons will have ABSOLUTELY no effect here.

      Just look at: (1) the effects of the 1994-2004 Assault Weapons Ban (no effect on crime at all), and (2) California's gun laws: there are SO many full-auto AK-47s running around the Los Angeles area, despite that state's complete ban on all assault-style weapons – seen any "America's Wildest Police Videos" lately?

      Your argument has absolutely no merit at all.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Grace

    How about starting with hollywood and video games? As one movie critic said: "the movies will not end till someone dies". Human beings are being killed like chicken and these movies are getting awards!

    Let's begin with hollywood. Thanks.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Deborah

      If we want to get real about the cause of increasing mental illness, investigate how many of these shootings are done by those on or recently on psycotic drugs. We need to find the truth about vaccine injuries and deaths. We better look at what we are eating and what we allow big corporations and regulators to put in our food.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Let's just get real and investigate how many of these very ill people were on psycotic drugs at the time or shortly prior to their crime. Let's get to the truth regarding vaccine injuries causing mental illness. Let's stop big corp and regulators from adding chemicals to our food!!!

      December 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Name*victor matthews

    We give r prays out that lost there love ones from newbedford mass.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. jayvee

    @KaosinBloom

    I'm not implying anything. I'm asking you to tell me one occasion where somebody walked into a school with a knife and killed 26 people. Until then, stop trying to sell your (uninformed) opinion off as "fact."

    Are you implying that you can do as much damage in a crowded room with a knife (or bat, or crowbar, or fill in the blank) as you can with a semi automatic assault rifle?

    December 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. jamielockard

    And anyone who thinks video games, or movies, or anything else causes kids to snap and go out and commit violence, doesn't know a thing about the human mind. Keep talking Tipper Gore. I was raised around firearms, spent my entire life hunting, have a concealed weapons permit, listened to Metallica in High School, play COD, and in all those years, not once have I thought about picking up a gun and going on a shooting spree. Not even on my worst day. It starts with the parents. It starts with accountability at home. It starts with responsibility and knowing what's going on with your kids. Gun laws don't change ANY of that. Get a clue people. It's not games, it's not music, it's not movies, and it's not the guns themselves. It's parents who don't give a damn, teach respect, get involved with their kids and their kids lives. Take a long hard look at the people committing these attrocities, not the weapons they use. This could have been done with any weapon. ANY.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. KLARGAR

    To all the imbeciles who try to obscure the fact that a Bushmaster is not a true military weapon. The only difference is that the weapon that Lanza used does not have full automatic capability without modification. It had high capacity magazines, .223 caliber FMJ ammunition . This rifle was designed to kill people it is not a sporting rifle by any stretch of the imagination as opposed to a hunting rifle the bullets are designed to pass through a target not mushroom as a hunting round does.The ammunition also tumbles as it travels causing horrific injuries and bleeding no matter where you are hit the self appointed apologists are repulsive in their denial they must be smirking about the innocent dead if they can come on a blog and blatantly lie about the nature of this particular weapon.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Cheryl

    People who want guns will either obtain them either illegally or legally. I do think however, that a psychological evaluation for anyone who wants to purchase a gun is in order. What isn't stated in any article about this tradegy is that the guns that the son used were obtained illegally. Since the guns were in his mothers name and he left his household with them, he illgally obtained the weapons. If the mother who was so finanically set, why didn't she lock up her guns when not in use in the house? I am not saying that it is the mother's fault that this happen but it isn't the guns fault either. People kill people and any object that is used is considered an assult weapon, this does not mean however, that all assult weapons should be banned. If there needs to be a stricter standard in order to give the ok for a person to buy a gun then fine however people will find a way to get what they want, just look at illegal drugs. In the case of this shooting and the movie theater in Colorado, both shooters are mentally ill and therefore it is a culmination of family life and mental illness in which case one was trying to get help but was not committed and the other, the mother ignored the mental illness possilbity.

    In these cases, if someone is seeing a thearpist in which certain mental illnesses is present in the household then that person should be denied the ability to buy a weapon. In all of this, what is apparent is the lack of parenting, she may have tried to be a good parent but due to not treating her son's mental illness this is what has happened, she is dead and so are many other innocent people.

    Putting a ban on all guns will not work and in fact will make things worse. If one looks at the statistics as to specific countries which employ a no fire arms policy have a higher crime rate than those who allow citizens to bear arms. Make it more restrictive to purchase a fire arm fine, but banning all of them or banning more fire arms then there are currenlty is not the answer.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. jayvee

    @KaosinBloom

    I'm not implying anything. I'm asking you to tell me one occasion where somebody walked into a school with a knife and killed 26 people. Until then, stop trying to sell your (uninformed) opinion off as "fact."

    Are you implying that you can do as much damage in a crowded room with a knife (or bat, or crowbar, or fill in the blank) as you can with a semi automatic assault rifle?

    December 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. heythere

    Liberals like to blame the right or the NRA for these shootings, but liberals need to take a good look at themselves before blaming guns and the 2nd amendment. This is hard for liberals because they consider themselves geniuses and everyone else ignoramuses. Look liberals, it's not right wingers or the NRA shooting up your public schools, it's your own students and former students of your crummy educational system. Liberals have dominated the educational system for decades now, as well as winning the "culture war". Right wingers are also not the ones making violent movies and video games, and filling our youths' minds with filth, and telling them that they are nothing more than sophisticated descendents of apes. Guns and the 2nd amendment have been around a very long time, that is not the main problem, nor the cause. In the late 60s and early 70s where I live, a small town area, kids had rifles in the window of their pickups, and brought their guns to class for show and tell in speech class. There were not school shootings then. So what has changed? The people and the educational system have changed, as well as society at large. There is less personal responsibility, less respect for others, more violent entertainment, more gangs, no school-led prayer, and less discipline. The educational system has been bound by the requirement to keep and integrate special needs/special education students in the normal population of students and classrooms. HERPA and FERPA laws make the privacy of troubled or mentally ill students a higher priority than public safety. So liberals, before you keep lambasting the right over school shootings, take a good look at yourselves first please.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. 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..

    here's more www. ChildRescueBill. org

    December 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. KaosinBloom

    I'm not selling my opinion of anything, merely stating it. I fear you are missing the point I'm trying to make, and if so, that's fine.

    As I've already stated, clearly much damage can be done in a crowded or uncrowded room with a knife. Is fortunate that no one died in China. That's my point. Also my point is that awful tragedies can and will occur without the use of high capacity magazines

    December 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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