December 14th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

Children and adults gunned down in Connecticut school massacre

  • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning
  • Three law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza, 20, was the shooter, and that he died apparently by his own hand
  • Suspect's mother, Nancy Lanza, found dead in suspect’s home in Newtown, law enforcement source says
  • Ryan Lanza, 24, older brother of Adam Lanza, questioned by police but not labeled a suspect, three law enforcement officials say
  • Below are the latest updates as they come to us. You also can read our story of the Connecticut school shooting

[Updated at 11:18 p.m. ET] Aimee Seaver, the mother of a first-grade girl at Sandy Hook and a fifth-grader who attends a different school, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that her children are having trouble dealing with what happened.

"It's a very rough night here," she said. "When your first-grader goes to bed and says, 'Mommy, is anyone from my class last year - are they all OK?' and you look at them and say, 'I'm not really sure,' it's a rough night to tell that to your 7-year-old."

Her younger daughter has asked a lot of questions about Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was killed.

“She got wind very quickly that something was wrong with our principal, which we didn’t tell her till just now that yes, she was definitely hurt and it wasn’t good," Seaver said. "It’s taking her a while. I think tomorrow will probably be harder for her.

“I also have a fifth-grader who came off the bus crying because she … had a sister who she was worried about, and … just basically left that school a few months ago. I think for a lot of those kids, they kind of are a little older and can get it a little bit faster, even though they weren’t in it.

“So the questions, I think, are coming. They’re not here, yet, especially for the littler ones. It started as I put them to bed tonight, the questions.”

[Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET] Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at the school, says she locked her classroom doors and - to keep her students calm - read them a story until the police came.

Vollmer, her 19 students and the adult helpers in her classroom were not injured.

"You could hear what sounded like pops, gunshots. Of course, I’m not going to tell that to 5-year-olds, so I said to them, ‘We’re going over in a safe area,'" Vollmer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And we read a story and we kept them calm, did a lockdown drill, closed the doors, locked (them), covered the windows, and kept the children with us.”

She said the children knew something unusual was going on.

“It didn’t seem a natural thing (to the children), although we do practice drills," Vollmer said. "We said, ‘We’re not really sure, but we’re going to be safe, because we’re sitting over here and we’re all together.’”

When asked how she kept cool, she said: “With 5-year-olds, you can’t lose it. I’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s my 18th year of teaching. My job was to keep them safe."

"After we got down to the firehouse, later on, as a lot of the events started to unfold throughout the day  I think some of (the children) realized the magnitude of what was going on.," she said. "They saw other people upset. We just held them close until their parents came and we released them.”

[Updated at 8:58 p.m. ET] Denise Correia says her daughter, a Sandy Hook Elementary second-grader who was not injured, heard the gunshots from the classroom she was in. The girl, while talking about the shooting with Correia, has been mentioning slain principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung "quite a lot."

"I think everyone's coping as best as they possibly can," Correia told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I'm letting her talk. She's mentioned quite a bit about the principal, who many of us have worked with. I adored her. I worked with her personally with my business. That is one person I know we have lost on a personal level."

Correia said she has heard that her daughter's teacher, when the gunfire started, grabbed two kids from the hallway, put them into her classroom with other students, locked the door and gathered the students to a side of the room away from the gunfire. "She did a very heroic thing," Correia said of the teacher.

"The kids are going to suffer from this," Correia said. "... We lost a lot of babies today in this town, and there are a lot of very sad families."

[Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET] One injured victim, a female employee of the school, is "doing well," Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

[Updated at 7:53 p.m. ET] The public release of the victims' names may come on Saturday morning, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance says.

Vance said investigators have made preliminary identifications of the bodies, and that they've notified the appropriate families. But investigators want to make final, positive identifications before releasing the names to the media.

"It's a horrific scene," Vance said. "Between our mutual experience, we've never seen anything like this."

Vance said the next briefing from state police would be at 8 a.m. ET Saturday.

[Updated at 7:48 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, says her thoughts and prayers are with the families.

"This really hits close to home," said DeLauro, who said she is visiting her grandchildren in Washington, D.C. "These beautiful young angels who had so much to live for - and it seems so senseless. Unthinkable that this could happen ,but it has, and now, as the president said, we come together, we wrap our arms around these families and hold them close to our hearts."

[Updated at 7:10 p.m. ET] Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered his prayers for the families of those affected by the Connecticut shooting, according to a release from the group.

The shooting "wrenches the hearts of all people," he said.

"Once again we speak against the culture of violence infecting our country even as we prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace at Christmas," Dolan said. "All of us are called to work for peace in our homes, our streets and our world, now more than ever.”

Faisal Ali, right, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, joins other people outside the White House in Washington, D.C., to participate in a vigil to remember the Connecticut school shooting on Friday.

[Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET] A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says the three guns found at the shooting site were legally purchased by Nancy Lanza, the mother of the suspect in the shooting.

According to the law enforcement official, the Glock and Sig Sauer handguns were found inside the school with the deceased gunman. The Bushmaster was found in a car outside the school. The official did not know if the car was registered to the gunman, to his mother or to someone else.

The official echoed what other law enforcement officials have told CNN: That Adam Lanza was the suspected gunman, and that he died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

[Updated at 6:44 p.m. ET] Three U.S. law enforcement officials, from different agencies, separately tonight identified the suspected shooter as Adam Lanza, contrary to what investigators had said previously. It is not clear what caused the confusion among investigators.

His older brother, Ryan, was taken into custody for general questioning from a home in Hoboken, New Jersey. Officials did not label Ryan Lanza as a suspect. It is unclear when he may be released.

One of the officials say Adam’s father was also taken in for similar questioning. There is no indication that the father will be charged. The official noted the father has remarried and lives with his new wife in a residence in the general area of Connecticut not too far from where his ex-wife lived.

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators at the scene as they piece together exactly what happened and when. She says she’s learned that the mother of the suspected shooter, Nancy Lanza, was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown.

“Earlier we had information that she was found in the classroom. However, now I’m being told that in fact her body was found at the suspect's residence," Candiotti said. "We don't know whether she also lived there. We also don't know the timeline - when was she killed? Was she killed before the shooting began at the school? These are the things that authorities are still trying to piece together.”

[Updated at 6:02 p.m. ET] "Evil visited this community today," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy just told reporters in Newtown. "And it's too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut - we're all in this together.

"We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. We will get through it. But this is a terrible time for this community and these families."

[Updated at 5:14 p.m. ET] The mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in her son's residence in Newtown, a law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN. CNN had previously identified the mother as Nancy Lanza, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary, according to law enforcement sources.

The source also told CNN there was no body found in the house searched by authorities in Hoboken, New Jersey. Two law enforcement sources say a man was taken away from questioning from that house. He is believed to be the brother of the shooter, according to the sources.

The first law enforcement source says the school shooter was dressed in "black battle fatigues and a military vest."

The Bushmaster .223 found at the scene is a semi automatic weapon, the source says. Two other weapons found were handguns, a Sig-Sauer and a Glock.

[Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET] We just learned that Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be speaking at Treadwell Park in Newtown, Connecticut, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 5:04  p.m. ET] We've just received a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the shooting:

"School shootings are always incomprehensible and horrific tragedies. But words fail to describe today's heartbreaking and savage attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As the father of two children in elementary school, I can barely imagine the anguish and losses suffered today by the Newtown community.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to every parent, child, teacher, staff member, and administrator at Sandy Hook and the surrounding community. And our thanks go out to every teacher, staff member, and first responder who cared for, comforted, and protected children from harm, often at risk to themselves. We will do everything in our power to assist and support the healing and recovery of Newtown."

[Updated at 5:01  p.m. ET] Law enforcement officials are not prepared to identify the shooter right now, Connecticut State PoliceLt. J. Paul Vance said in a press conference.

Vance said that they are working diligently at the crime scene as well as with the medical examiner to identify the victims.

"We will leave no stone unturned," Vance added about the entire investigation.

[Updated at 4:54 p.m. ET] We are now being told there was no body found in the Hoboken, New Jersey, home as had been previously reported.

[Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET] We have learned that Connecticut police have searched the suspected gunman's home and place of employment in the wake of Friday's mass shooting, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

They have also interviewed his friends, relatives and "everyone who possibly had any connection with him whatsoever," he said.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] Police did not discharge their weapons at any time when responding at the school, police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. However, he could not confirm whether the suspected shooter - who died at the scene - killed himself, saying that would have to be determined by the medical examiner.

[Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET] Mark Kelly, who's lived through this kind of horror, has issued a statement. He's the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head at a massacre in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2011. Here's what he said:

I just woke up in my hotel room in Beijing, China, to learn that another mass shooting has taken place - this time at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire community of Newtown, CT. I just spoke to Gabby, and she sends her prayers from Tucson.

As we mourn, we must sound a call for our leaders to stand up and do what is right. This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow, and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws - and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait.

[Updated at 3:56 p.m. ET] The principal killed was Dawn Hochsprung. We received this photo via

[Updated at 3:54 p.m. ET] Three guns were found at the scene, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports. According to a law enforcement source, the third weapon found on the scene was a .223 Bushmaster. The other weapons, previously reported, are a Glock, and a Sig-Sauer. No word on the models of Glock or Sig-Sauer.

[Updated at 3:51 p.m. ET] A federal law enforcement source tells CNN's John King the information from the scene is that the shooter arrived and headed directly toward and to his mother’s classroom. That and the other information now emerging - another family member killed, police interviews - lead them to believe his mother was the primary target. But they note he also came armed with clear intention of mass killing.

[Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET] There were a total of 27 people dead at the school, Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said.

Six adults, 20 children and the shooter were killed. Eighteen students were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died at the hospital, said Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police. The six adults died at the scene.

[Updated at 3:43 p.m. ET] Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance has just said that the shooting took place in one section of the school and in two rooms.

[Updated at 3:33 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy called the mass shooting "a tragedy of unspeakable terms."

"Earlier today a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community," Malloy said, adding that "you can never be prepared for this kind of incident.

"A number of our citizens, beautiful children, had their life taken away from them as well as adults whose responsibility it was to educate and supervise those children," Malloy said.

[Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET] It appears that another member of the alleged shooter's family is dead. A senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says a brother of the alleged shooter was found dead in a home searched in Hoboken, New Jersey. We already knew the suspect's mother was found dead in the elementary school.

(6:43 p.m. ET update - CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators and has now learned that the mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown. No brother of the suspect has been found dead, and no one has been found dead in the home in Hoboken, New Jersey, investigators say.)

[Updated at 3:16 p.m. ET] From the president: "I offered Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation."

The president appears to be emotional, he's wiping his eye.

Here's more of what he's saying:

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent.

"That was especially true today.

"I know there's not a parent in America that doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.

"They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.

Obama sighed.

"Among the fallen were also teachers - men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children and the families of the adults we lost.

"Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

"As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago - these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

"This evening Michelle and I will do what every parent in America will do - hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them.

"There are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us tonight.

"May God bless the memory of the victims and in the words of scripture heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds."

[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] The president will talk soon. You can watch him on our live stream here.

[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] President Obama has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims “of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut,” according to a release from the White House.

[Updated at 3:09 p.m. ET] The suspect's mother was shot and killed at the school, according to source close to the investigation. She was a teacher there.

And we now know that Ryan Lanza, the suspected gunman, was 24.

(6:44 p.m. ET update - (Three U.S. law enforcement officials say the suspected gunman was Adam Lanza, not his brother Ryan Lanza as officials had previously said. It is not clear what caused the confusion among investigators. Ryan Lanza was picked up from a home in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Friday and has been questioned but has not been labeled as a suspect, officials now say. Also, CNN’s Susan Candiotti is talking to investigators and has now learned that the mother of the suspected shooter was found dead in the suspect’s home in Newtown)

[Updated at 3:01 p.m. ET] The principal and guidance counselor at Sandy Hook Elementary School were both killed during the shooting, according to a witness that spoke to CNN.

[Updated at 2:52 p.m. ET] We have just learned via a tweet from House Speaker John Boehner that flags at the U.S. Capitol will be lowered.


[Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET] President Obama will make a statement on the tragedy at 3:15 p.m. ET. We'll have that live on CNN TV and right here.

[Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET] Various locations are being used as staging areas around Newtown. This is outside the Newtown Methodist Church near the school where a woman is hugging a child.

[Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET] Federal law enforcement officials have told CNN's John King that the shooting happened quickly and happened in a concentrated area.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Malloy will be in Newtown and talk about the tragedy today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET] We are now hearing from CNN's Mary Snow, who is reporting from outside the suspect's home, that dozens of law enforcement officials are on the scene.

Neighbors are "shaken," Snow said.

[Updated at 2:11 p.m. ET] CNN's Susan Candiotti has just reported that a law enforcement official tells her the suspect is named Ryan Lanza and he is in his 20s.

[Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET] We're hearing even more devastating news out of Newtown, Connecticut. CNN's Susan Candiotti has been told that 18 to 20 of the dead are children.

[Updated at 2:07 p.m. ET] CNN's Jessica Yellin is reporting that we're likely to hear from President Obama today on the school shooting, according to a senior administration official. We don't know when our where we may hear from President Obama.

[Updated at 2:04 p.m. ET] Lisa Procaccini, the parent of an 8-year-old at the school, tells CNN that her daughter said school officials kept her calm during the shooting and told her the loud noise was hammering going on.

Eventually police came in and let her daughter and her teacher leave the school building.

"I'm even kind of numb about what's going on," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I'm in a state of shock. I don't know how Im going to handle having [my daughter] know ... about the whole situation."

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET]  The death toll is closer to 30 than 20, a federal law enforcement source in Washington told CNN's John King.  Most of those killed are children, the source said.

The source also said the suspected gunman, who is dead, had a connection to the school. He would not elaborate on that connection. The source is in touch with authorities on the scene.

[Updated at 1:53 p.m. ET] Congresswoman-elect Elizabeth Esty, who was recently won a seat representing a district that includes Newtown, Connecticut, just released the following statement on the tragedy:

As a mother, I can only begin to imagine what the students, parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary must be experiencing. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this horrific tragedy. While details are still emerging, I hope for the safety and well being of the children, teachers and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary and for the Newtown community.

[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] We have just learned that the suspected shooter is 20-years-old, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 1:47 p.m. ET] A few more details from the White House press briefing earlier. White House spokesman Jay Carney said while today is not the day to debate gun policy, an assault weapons ban "does remain a commitment" of President Obama.

[Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET]  We are now learning that a male is being questioned by investigators, but he is not being called a suspect, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

[Updated at 1:42 p.m. ET] Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said the shooter is dead inside the school.


Vance said there are a number of fatalities that includes both children and adults. He did not add more details about how many people were killed during the school shooting.

[Updated at 1:41 p.m. ET] Police have now begun their briefing on the shooting.

[Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET] We're hearing more from the scene of the massacre through tweets and interviews.



[Updated at 1:23 p.m. ET] President Obama has spoken to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy to get the latest information and express his condolences, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

[Updated at 1:21 p.m. ET] We're now hearing that it may be a while for the briefing from the police.

[Updated at 1:17 p.m. ET] This was the scene from the air earlier, taken by News 12 Connecticut, with emergency vehicles in the school parking lot.

[Updated at 1:09 p.m. ET] The police are set to give a news conference soon where we'll learn more. We'll bring that to you as soon as it starts.

[Updated at 1:07 p.m. ET] Here's the chilling account told to CNN's Meredith Artley of what happened at the school.

[Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET] Many people are talking again about gun control. But White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't joining in for now.

"I think it's important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event.  There is, I'm sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don't think today is that day.

[Updated at 12:57 p.m. ET] From the News Times reporter at the school:


[Updated at 12:48 p.m. ET] "Close to 20” people have been killed, including at least 10 children, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation says.

[Updated at 12:47 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has been informed of the school shooting in Connecticut and will receive regular updates throughout the day, the White House said on Friday.

[Updated at 12:27 p.m. ET] The mom who spoke to CNN's Meredith Artley said she heard "at least 100 rounds" being fired.

The shooting began about 9:35 a.m., the parent said. There was a "pop pop pop" in the hall outside the room. Three people went out of the room into the hall where the sounds had come from. "Only one person came back," we were told.

The witness told Artley that she then called 911. She said she never saw the shooter but she later was escorted outside the room past two bodies lying in blood.

[Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET] A third-grader describes the shooting to WTNH:

[Updated at 12:16 p.m. ET] Two adults were killed, according to a parent who was at the school during the incident, and who talked to our colleague Meredith Artley.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] We just got this from U.S. Senator-elect Chris Murphy:

"I am shocked and saddened by the horrific news from Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning, and I pray that kids, teachers, staff, and families reach safety as quickly as possible. While we don't have much information right now, our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones."

[Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET] The shooter's body is in a classroom, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET] Multiple local media are reporting there are fatalities. We're checking.

[Updated at noon ET] News Times reporter Libor Jany reports that all Newtown schools are on lockdown.


[Updated at 11:58 a.m. ET] Danbury Hospital confirms it's treating some victims. It says this on its Facebook page:

To date, three patients have been transported to Danbury Hospital from the scene. Out of abundance of caution and not because of any direct threat Danbury Hospital is under lockdown. This allows us simply to focus on the important work at hand.

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] Connecticut House Rep. John Frey has nieces and a nephew at the school and is tweeting updates.


[Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET] The dad of a student at the school told CNN affiliate WTNH there were about 600 pupils in the building at the time of the shooting.

[Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET] At least three people were wounded and are in "very serious" condition at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, that town's mayor, Mark Boughton told CNN. He couldn't say whether the victims were children.

[Updated at 11:44 a.m. ET] Andrew Doba, Director of Communications with Connecticut Governor Malloy's office, says they are  coordinating with local authorities and state police. They continue to monitor developments in Newtown. The governor is in Connecticut today.

[Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET] We're getting live pictures from the scene from CNN affiliates.

[Updated at 11:34 a.m. ET] The shooter is dead, a source with knowledge of the investigation, tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

Police have recovered two weapons from him, the source added.

It's not known whether police killed the alleged shooter or he took his own life. The source says one weapon recovered is a Glock and the other is a Sig Sauer.

[Updated at 11:27 a.m. ET] The Hartford Courant, citing police, said an unspecified number of people had been shot. The nature of their injuries was unclear, the newspaper said. But it cited police in saying one person had "numerous gunshot wounds."

[Updated at 11:19 a.m. ET] Affiliate WTNH says children are being taken to a nearby firehouse.


[Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET] Details are still really sketchy, but we now have a photo from the Newtown Bee of children being led from the scene.

[Updated at 11:03 a.m. ET] We're still getting details in of how many people may have been hurt.

Newtown is southwest of Hartford:

[Updated at 10:53 a.m. ET] Sandy Hook school is on lockdown and students are not being evacuated, a Newtown police spokesman tells us.

[Posted at 10:30 a.m. ET] Breaking news coming in - Connecticut State Police are responding to reports of a shooting at a Newtown elementary school in southwestern Connecticut, according to police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.

We'll bring you more details as soon as we get them.

Our affiliates in the area are saying the school is the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

CT Now says injuries are being reported. 

soundoff (9,611 Responses)
  1. Yoda

    Just another day in the US of A. Thank you NRA and Republicans.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Uniontown, OH

      Stupid Post

      December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • JW

      Oh, please stop with your stupid ignorant statements.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Place the blame where it belongs! The person who pulls the trigger.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • rosie

      In China where there is gun control we hear of hammer wielding and axe wielding murderers. Give it a rest. Crazy people will kill with whatever they can get their hands on.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • betterdays

      You're welcome, and enjoy your weekend. It's nice to encounter people with ettiquette. You're swell.

      – A Republican

      December 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • mrk

      Place the blame where it belongs! The person who pulls the trigger."

      you miss a point that at least some of these tragedies can be avoided if there is gun control. It may not stop all insane people but at least this will happen less frequently. In other countries terrorists do it, here it's normal scene of citizen going and buying assault rifle and then shooting innocents including children and it is frightening trend.

      Just laying blame with person who pulls trigger doesn't bring dead loved ones back. If you can do something to prevent situations, you should.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • jonadoms

      its not a normal ting for people to go kill someone...its not like im going to kill someone if i buy an assult rifle. I may just want it because i like guns or i shoot them recreational.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccw holder

      CT has above average gun control and it still happened. ct has an assault weapons ban in place.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Let It Be

      I'm a democrat, do not belong to the NRA, and I even think you are ridiculous. Germany loved gun control prior to WW2.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      "...In China where there is gun control we hear of hammer wielding and axe wielding murderers. Give it a rest. Crazy people will kill with whatever they can get their hands on."

      Yeah...but you can run from those. Not so easy to run from a bullet.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • aschitown

      You can't run from fertilizer bombs and home-made explosives which is how this probably would have gone down if he didn't use a gun.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Sad but true.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Right on the money

      December 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Are you stupid, what does any political party have to due with this shooting?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • california99

      we need gun control....NOW!!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unabashed Progressive

      Don't blame guns for killing people – blame people with access to guns. of course if the person didn't have access to a gun, he might've gone to the school with a club or a knife – and we all read about those massive club and knife massacres! Or maybe he would've used a rock! Rocks can, people with rocks can kill. Or maybe he would've handed out peanuts – we all know that kids are allergic to peanuts and probably one would've gotten sick...

      December 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      Your ignorance is inspiring in a world full of rainbows and lollipops.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      In china, people kill others with knives and axes, but the damage and speed is far less than what gun can do.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      And there comes the if there weren't guns there would be mass killngs with axes and knifes.. LMAO.. You have people killed everyday by guns and massacres every week. How many get killed in massacre with a axe?? It happened once in China. Massacres with knifes? Never heard of it.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonjah

      You are right!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      You have truly shown me that you can't fix stupid.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian W

      As the NRA says People dont kill people, people with semi automatic weapons kill people.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      Hey Dick Perry, get out of the basement and go read and educate yourself. In Africa and in parts of Asia hundreds of thousands of people are scared and crippled from being attacked with machetes and axes.

      That number could even reach the millions if you add up all the countries together that have been involved in civil wars from El Salvador (south America) all around the globe to Africa and Southern Asian countries like Burma.

      So stop living in the basement eating skittles playing with your Ipod 5. I really get sad that we have such ignorant people in the US its so sad they just live the city play on their IPOD and listen to CNN for facts. The world is violent, period, grow up and get over this whole political party garbage.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      You should pull Your head out of the sand! The NRA and the Republicans DID NOT DO THE CRIME. The gun did not do this horrific act of terrorism. A living, beathing human did this. Too bad the "bad" human is no longer alive the be held accountable and he should be.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • 5artstudio

      Yeah yoda, you tell 'em. Its the republicans and NRA, oh wait a minute ".... a newspaper that endorsed Al Gore in 2000, the Palm Beach Post, found about 5,600 felons who had voted illegally in the 2000 election and found that 68 percent of them were registered Democrats. (The Miami Herald, which also endorsed Gore, did a similar investigation and came up with similar results.)" . . . next.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      How are you going to enforce anti gun laws when you can't even enforce the laws that say don't kill people?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pike

      Look stop blaming the NRA, they have nothing to do with this or any other crime done by these idiots. They are the number one promoter of gun safety. Let's be honest and use some common sense, we both know that if they did infact band guns it would have no change regarding what happened here. He would have found a way to get a gun illegally and commented the very same brutal crime. Maybe if a good person with a gun permit were at the school at that fewer people would or no one othere the the shooter would be dead right now.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • catrd

      Find me a GUN that pulls it own trigger

      December 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reply

      catrd, find me a WMD that launches itself. With that comparison then it's ok for everyone to have a WMD.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Jesse –

      Not all that bright, are you? The massacres with machetes in Africa were part of a civil war. THOUSANDS of people attacked each other with machetes. You do not hear of a single knife wielding person in a modern, civil society killing 30 people.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ - NV

      BAN AUTOMATIC RIFLES – You DON'T need them on streets and they belong to the law enforcement. When children are dead we got to act ... and act NOW!!! This could be your child or grand child......Any congressman who opposes this should be voted out of office. BAN ASSAULT RIFLES FOREVER!!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • WillyT

      agree! amen!

      December 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty Curran

      You are correct Yoda. Don't listen to the republican murderers who are posting replies. They would rather have dead children then smaller gun profits.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob-Texas

      Blame also belongs with a goverment that allow assult wepons to be carried by the general public. No issue with hunting equipment. You don't need an assult weapon or a hand gun to go hunthing.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • advancedwars

      Typical Deucey statement made by your friendly neighborhood Democrat

      December 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • astreet85

      Good point Yoda. The same people that preach theistic values via teaching creationism, who also have accepted stipends from major corporations and elitist (for example, John Boehner and Mitch McConnel), and reaffirm the right to bear could say they want to keep the middle and lower classes irrational, capitalize on the irrationality, then offer them the opportunity to kill each other. Sounds like inter-class conflict to me.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnonymousRex1942

      I hate to say this so soon after a tragedy like this – but it does need to be said. There was another attack on a school today – in China, a country with gun controls – 22 children were wounded with a knife – no one was killed.

      You get evil everywhere, but when you put a gun in its hands, its power is so much greater.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • midwest12

      Any person who thinks this is the NRA's fault or the Republicans fault should be ashamed of themselves. It's so like a democrat to bring politics and put the blame on to other people in a time of tragedy. There is such a thing as people who are safe with guns and to say certain groups of people caused this is sad. Republicans and the NRA didn't cause this. It was an evil man who used a gun as a way to kill other people that caused this.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • urami11

      Yoda you have that right...tired of the NRA.....sad sad sad

      December 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidb1980

      Spare me that it is better elsewhere. Tell that to those in Olso in 2011 when 77 killed by a BOMB. Israel, bombs. Wake up. Wackos will kill whether or not guns are legal or not. Americans are so afraid anymore – protect us from everything Mr. Government. Sad yes. Gun ownership to blame. No. Stop trying to fix a symptom and solve the root cause. Moral decay!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRod

      The real question that needs to be asked is why the rest of us let the Republicans and NRA get away with anything,

      December 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I second that!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Gomez

      Okay.... Your argument holds no water....

      December 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Gomez

      Yoda, you must have eating a bowl of stupid this morning.... You don't make any sense... Have nothing to back your argument up... Also... The firearms used were not automatics.. Jeez, you need a roll model or something...

      December 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Venture

      THe GOP/TEA PARTY has always coddled and protected the NRA Gun Nuts


      December 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PevanB

      It is a shame that your parents dropped you the way that they did when you were young.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      Ain't it the truth? The NRA has so much blood on its hands. ALL gun owners are part of the problem, not the solution. There's something inherently pathetic about some turkey who wants a weapon to kill people. Pathetic - but very, very dangerous. Just like the shooter in this case. Why don't they see how they are all brothers under thee skin?

      December 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      Right, Yoda! You know you hit a nerve when these dangerous losers can come up with no response except to say you're "stupid". You'dd think that none of them has gone beyond the eighth grade. They know it in their guts, Yoda, they know it.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacks Gun Shop

      Your Welcome

      December 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2tired2care

      Part of the blame goes to those who continue to look the other way!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jm2

      If I remember correctly, the largest mass murder of Americans committed by an American involved homemade explosives, not a gun. Oklahoma City Bombing.

      Ban fertilizer!

      December 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • llosano

      Yes, thank you Fauxnews/GOP and the NRA, for the person who pulled the trigger and his dead mother were members of the NRA. The mother did not that her proper gun will be the one that will take her life. Sad day for America. The NRA is a terrosist organization.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • morgan

      Horse hockey.
      The NRA advocates responsible use of firearms. They would never condone something like this. Their stance is totally DEFENSE. Got that? DEFENSE.

      This creep who shot all those people had some screws loose and I bet in time we will learn there were people who knew it but they were all to "correct" to cause trouble and get the guy the mental help he needed. No we can't make any waves, can't tell Mrs. Lanza her son is mentally ill. No that would not be politically correct.

      People who refuse to step up and be responsible then lambast someone when things go wrong make me want to up chuck.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZHoward77

      Dude take responsibility for your own actions

      December 17, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat Rozee

      @ morgan: where the HELL was the DEFENCE when he was in the school??????
      Children died because of the LACK OF DEFENCE.

      December 23, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dawn

    Oh Dear Lord..... they need our prayers!!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Lance D.

      And just what the hell good is that going to do?!

      December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      Amen, Dawn. As the Bible says, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16b, NKJV)

      December 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom the Other One

      If you are going to pray... at least pray that your all powerful g0d type goes back in time to prevent this from happening. Of wait... why would he need you to pray for that to happen? Must be god's will.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonjah

      That Lord of yours doesn't seem to be able to prevent anything. I would not pray to that impotent.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • hanna

      But prayers don't help – we need some action-like removing guns form people.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • UofARoadHogs

      Of course prayers help. God hears every prayer that is sent up and it help the person who is praying as well. One day the Lord is going to come back and then all you people that don't believe in him will wonder why you didn't listen.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • advancedwars

      Are you commenters Stupid? a prayer isn't a magic spell that makes everything better. Its a piece of mind that lets you know that someone somewhere cares.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • astreet85

      Offering prayers is like saying, "I will keep you in mind but have not the will nor tenacity to make a change." Do something about it!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnonymousRex1942

      Where was your god as this was happening?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph of Jerusalem

      GOD is such an idi0t that he or she wont listen without prayers.
      Be good and save others act like the god that you believe in, act without prayers.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRod

      your god let this happen, so what do you think your prayers will do?

      December 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • HDesai

      We need to ask for more strength and brains and to act in direction of resolving such issues...

      December 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Connecticut Native!

    People.. seriously, joking at a time like this. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED of yourselves!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      the joke is that this continues to happen. dont worry, the NRA will be there soon to mourn will you and get some sales up.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      You should be ashamed over yourself for trying to stop some people's way of coping with events like this. Its their way of expressing their feelings. Some people doesn't seem to know that there are no bad times or places for jokes, only bad audiences sometimes and in some places.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissii

      Sometimes, I wanna ask God why he allows Poverty, Famine, and unjust punishment to the innocent in this world, when he could do something about it, But I am afraid he just may ask me the same question.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • advancedwars

      Exactly, seeing all these low lives making political jokes sickens me

      December 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • john smith

      Unfortunately, the joke is on the United States.

      Truth is the rest of the world either thinks America has become some sort of grotesque caricacture where they don't seem notice the obvious.. that America should consider increasing gun control.

      Americans seem to have become incredibly idealogical rather than pragmatic when considering most public policy and this concerns and frightens many people from outside America. From believing too much in the value of free market economics, leading to poor banking regulations and the global financial crisis, to invading relatively random middle eastern nations, America has been consistently dropping the ball on many issues for the last decade or so if not longer. If they are not careful, and don't start to reframe and actually think about issues in some genuine depth rather than sound bites, the future may not be too bright for the US of A.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. v medley

    People are out there minds. We can'nt go to our malls, schools or the movies. thats a shame.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • hanna

      why we can't go to mall , because of guns ,no guns you would not worry.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccw holder

      all of those places are already no-gun zones.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      So.... what do we do about that??

      December 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bethel, CT Resident

    Confirmed - Newtown EMS has confirmed they have only transported ONE person with a bullet wound to the foot to a local hospital.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Thayer

      Way to post before full story unfolded. Sounds like many people were killed including children.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Susan

    When are we ever going to address the issue of gun control? Obviously the "system" is not working.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • rosie

      Ok, call your Congressman/woman right now and ask them to do something about gun control. That is a start. If you are unwilling to do even this small effort then stop complaining about gun control.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yeah, the government will not be "controlling" my guns. Nor will they be added to any kind of registry. My guns are family heirlooms and are not used for anything except for sitting in a safe collecting value. They haven't even been shot in over half a century. I am a safe gun owner, we do exist. Also, stop comparing our country to European countries who have a history of rolling over to countries with larger armies and depend on us to defend them from the rest of the world. You can't take out an enemy with a windmill or a hard piece of bread. There will come a day when the government will control every aspect of our lives. On that day, I'll use my guns to take out myself, no one else. The rest of you can live in your self-created world of crapulence.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pumbaa

      There is very little that can be done to stop a person from killing people when he is planning to die doing it. What will we have next, suicide bombers like the middle east? The only way to stop American terrorists is better security with armed well-trained school security guards.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      Oh Susan-my dear sweet Susan. PULL your head out of the sand! Then criminals will have all the guns and we the TAX payers who work to pay for all the free loaders will have nothing to protect ourselves. It's NOT the guns fault-it's man's fault. Man pulled the trigger...

      December 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • hanna

      yes it is not working at all. So why not remove the guns from people and then not to worry .Just like in many europe no guns no killing ,specialy in schools ,malls etc

      December 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mar

      Criminals don't follow laws Susan.IT is a law not to have a gun on school property.. You think laws magical do something? The problem lies in what is making criminals until you address that nothing will be done. Look around when is the last time you seen a mental hospital???

      December 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      Unfortunately, if we continue to focus on "guns" the issue will never be resolved. This is about current best practices of letting the mentally ill walk freely without receiving the help they need. It is also due to a culture that devalues life and is built upon the faulty foundation of a self image that comes from the "everybody gets a ribbon" mentality. People are unable to build the resiliency needed to cope with everyday stresses. Anything can become a weapon when placed in the wrong hands. Such a tragedy....

      December 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      Kinda like prohibition stopped alcohol....

      December 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      I'm a gun owner and have nothing to hide. I have no problem with states regulating ownership of guns. This is a good reason to enact such laws. Anyone with a problem with it, I think, is not being logical. Guns are a big part of this equation. What is not part of it is those inflicted with a case of the stupids posting things like 'if they had a gun to protect themselves' and crying foul about gun regulation as an affront to their "Liberty". What about the rights and liberty of the murdered? Your right to own a gun unchecked usurps their right to be alive? Unbelieveable. Have you no sense of humanity? This is why I quit the NRA. Wackos and I do blame the Conservative Rebulicans for they stacked the courts with conservative judges that opened the floodgates were anyone can buy a gun unchecked.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just another frustrated observer

      There are already laws in place that would have prevented this from happening. The problem is that the shooter did not obey them. We don't need more laws to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening – we need to do a better job of enforcing the ones we have. For those of you crying "we need gun control now!", that's not going to fix the problem. People still bent on getting guns will still get them – they'll just get them illegally. People still bent on killing other people will still kill, which is also illegal by the way. Do you see a pattern developing? CRIMINALS BY DEFINITION DON'T FOLLOW LAWS, THEREFORE, MAKING MORE OF THEM WILL NOT PREVENT THIS KIND OF TRAGEDY FROM HAPPENING. The bottom line is this: we don't know what motivated the shooter, we don't know his mental state, we don't know how he obtained the firearm, legally or otherwise, so anyone at this point with a strong opinion on how to fix the problem is really not able to speak intelligently to the situation at this point in time.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Chris you and those who think like you are fantasists and you should try looking at how people actually live in other countries where they think we are insane not to get rid of our guns with things like this happening.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Guns dont kill people, but it sure would help if the people who kill people couldnt get guns

      December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • what should really be done about guns

      are you going to advocate we ban anything that anyone can use to kill anyone

      December 15, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. wallybird1234

    Any moment now the gun nuts will chime in: “gosh, if only all the kids had been carrying guns they could have defended themselves!”

    December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      You're right, the gun nuts would argue 6 year olds have guns. The teachers having a gun to protect themselves wouldn't make any sense either. Those crazy gun nuts. We should argue to ban guns in all places, including schools and gun crime ridden cities like Chicago and Washington D.C. That will definately reduce the gun crime.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      Any moment now, I am sure they will. We already have 847 comments, and they haven't said the words you put in their mouths, but I am sure they are just waiting for the chance to start saying that. Uh-huh. Any moment now. Maybe they are waiting for the first thousand comments.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • madihwa

      To bad we can't give people stars or likes here. That was a good one.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natha Rose

      I wish there was a Like button for this statement

      December 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • advancedwars

      Are you seriously Joking about Children being killed?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awesome Dobson

      Trey: Where in the United States is it now legal to take a gun into an elementary school ?

      Do you think a killer with a death wish is going to think "Oh I was going to kill a bunch of people in a mass shooting today but its against the law to carry my handgun in that building so I'll just forget about it!" –

      If that is your mentality then you are a bigger danger to the country as a whole imho.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott lake

      teachers and principles–I wonder what you'd think in a situation with someone pointing a gun at you?

      i'd think- 'I am going to do something about this, even if it means my own death' because your life is more important than my own.

      if you were a teacher and you saw kids dying and there was nothing you could do about it- i am sure you wouldnt be thinking' Man Im sure glad i never took that concealed course and have no clue how to shoot a gun'

      December 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • john smith

      Nuclear weapons don't kill people, only people pushing a button kill people. Does that mean I can get a nuclear bomb?

      The gun nuts are idiots... I only say that because I am pretty sure no form of rational discussion can influence them. It is sad when people hold on to beliefs on an issue that border on the religious,... communism, nazism, cultism .. all examples of people being part of a group and holding onto a belief so strongly that they can't step back and think about things for a while.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bernard Webb

    More proof that guns should be easier to get. Right, NRA?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mar

      More proof mental health needs to be available. Nothing to do with the NRA or 2nd amendment. A criminal is a criminal is a criminal no law is going to change that,

      December 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reply

      Make sure you read the full 2nd amendmant not just the phrase right to bear arms. It wasn't meant that everyone can have a gun just because they want to, it was meant you had the right to bear arms so when the time comes for the country to defend itself the citizens could step up and defend since we didn't have a military available at the time.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • advancedwars

      You're Disgusting

      December 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • woodstockwoody

      In this country it's easier to get a gun that to get mental health. And that is thanks to the NRA actually.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Cop for nearly 20 years, detective. The NRA is a criminal organization that works only for gun manufacturers.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. buni

    another tragic is that what is the news for

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. vetguy

    We need less gun laws ..if those elementary school kids were packing guns no one would dare start up with them....this is the logic of the right wing and NRA....they are either too stupid or conciously refuse to recognize reality....that people kill people and guns make them much more effective..we need rational gun control otherwise lets just accept the fact that innocemt people and children will be killed everyday and lets stop reporting it ...

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      reductio ad absurdum

      What we need is to focus on the well-being of the children, and staff right now. There will be time for discussion on the factors leading to this later. Let's focus on the kids at THIS school, and their WELL BEING.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Are you nuts? An elemetary school, loaded with guns. People with this kind of answer explains exactly why we have this problem in the first place.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • djc60

      Your comment might leave some folks here wondering if you support or oppose gun laws. First you say we need less gun laws and at the end of your comment you say we need national gun control. I'm guessing you support more gun laws. The "right wing" and the NRA would not support elementry kids packing guns. Please, in the future don't post such an ignorant comment.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiyah

      Instead of more or less gun laws how about we have breading laws!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      oh look. another bleeding heart liberal who just couldnt wait to turn a tradgety into a political issue

      December 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom Hunter

    Yet another sign that the 2012 apocalypse arrives in just a few days. When will people wake up?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • EastCoast Mike

      Give it a rest Tom....nothing will happen in a few days

      December 14, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Slappy_McGiggles

      Yeah, because things like this never happened before.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      We are awake. Apparently you are living in a dream world. End of the world? BS!!

      December 14, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • end of time GOD

      and just what are you going to do then Tom

      December 14, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You should pay attention to things like leap years, daylight savings time etc.. The world would have ended last year if you go by the mayan calender which is how it is predicted.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Because something like this has never happened before. Clearly a sign.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Shelby

      The apocalypse isn't going to be a 1 day showdown. There's been one at trickle-pace for a least 2 decades which will culminate with a man made finale.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It is only a sign that US has too many guns amongst civilian population. School shootings in another country, Finland, led to more strict gun legislation. Politicians in the US are too afraid to do the same.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • The Captain

      If you really believe the end of the world is in a week...can I have all your money? I don't need it if you really believe the world is about to end...right?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Let It Be

      I have studied the Mayan civilation for years now. NOT ONE PLACE did they say that the end of the world would come on 12-21-12. They called it an event of spiritual awakening and said that their gods would return on that day. Take that for whatever you think it means. The worst case scenerio in my eyes is that we are gonna have some aliens who are really upset and let us know about it.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • djc60

      Tom, you ask, "when will people wake up?" We will wake up on December 22, 2012 and those who have a job will go to it. Those who don't have a job....well they will probably sit in front of their TV or computer and read about those like you who committed suicide because the world didn't come to an end.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You are an idiot! I wish I can just see your reaction on Dec. 22. when it is just a normal day. The world will not end.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damon


      December 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tombstone

    Arm the teachers? or have security increased, seems when one whacko kills you get a bunch of copycats. Poor kids.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      yes arm the teachers....
      so since a teacher shot the priciple I think u mean arm the principles?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Clearly more guns are the answer.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Uniontown, OH

    Jilly, very ignorant post

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Connecticut Native!

      thank you

      December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Natty


      December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharon

      The country needs more gun control. You do not see this going on in Canada. Marie you are a MORON.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bojack

      Sick people are sick people and they are every where. If not a gun how about a knife.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      This country does not need more gun control. It needs to enforce the gun control laws that are already on the books. The proper controls are already in place. But we need to focus on how this person was able to procure a weapon in the first place.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • The6thsense

      Guns are not to blame, Canadians do not kill each other as much as americans do as they are happier than lots of people in America.
      Look at some muslims countries, they are not happy and they bomb each other as well
      Different culture, different views of life and for sure not happy

      December 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colleen

      Yes controlling people will keep everyone safe. Let the government control us all they will protect us.. ha ha ha ha ha!

      December 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Sure...And the criminals will never get a hold of a gun? LMAO

      December 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      marie is right and way to start name calling instead of just praying about this tragedy. People kill people.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rlc

      Actually you seem to be forgetting about the mall shooting that happened in Canada just a month before the shooting in Colorado.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • shannon

      GUNS dont kill people.. People kill people.. My hearst is broken. Teachers need to be able to get a concealed wepons permit to protect the school and chirldren. This is what our world is comming too..

      December 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oid

      École Polytechnique – 14 Dead in Montreal. In fact, on a per capita basis, Canada has more school shooting deaths than the US

      December 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy Jordache

      In Canada, juries find father's that strangle their children 16 months in jail. I would take down all you mirrors in your house before judging people.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnL

      Sharon..we really don't need more laws, we just need the ones on the books enforced, and expanded to insure no one can purchase a weapon without a background check. I am a gun owner and seriously believe anyone who has had mental health counseling should not be permitted to own a weapon without specific medical clearance. I also believe private sellers and buyers should be required to have background checks and a license.After all, we license people to drive, why not to own, purchase and sell a firearm. Please remember 42,000+ people died on the highways last year, but no one calls for the outlawing of vehicles.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • edvice

      Ya because this guy wouldn't want to break another law right????? Murder is the top law of them all and people still do it hmmmmm

      December 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      OK, Since you were the first to reply with the same ignoannce about guns. I dont beleieve guns should be banned. Guns should be only able to hold 3 -4 bullets. The NRA spends Billions on AD campaigns that could goto schools or abuse. They dont care whosells them a gun shows or who gets a dealers licsence.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby Jackson

      Ryan Lanza Facebook!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • harriet

      Uniontown – Don't be a troll

      December 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Millennial Child

      Thank you. You are so right. this is not the time to focus on gun control but to support the families of the victims

      December 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fenris

    I would hate to think that the excessive media sensationalization of the Oregon mall shooting might have contributed to a copy cat shooting. Very sad indeed.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Cayeres209

      The press is responsible? Not the easy access to guns?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Unger

      Doubtful. There have been so many mass shootings with guns that it's hard to say one particular incident inspired another. Disturbed people simply know that if they want to lash out, they can readily get themselves automatic weapons capable of horrific killing, like in the movies! If they could only access pistols and the like, they wouldn't be so inspired. Gun control is what is needed; assault rifles for anyone is ridiculous.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. R.U. Kidding

    If all those elementary school kids had guns this never would have happened, right? Isn't that the gun people rationale?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I need a "like" button for this comment.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • wallybird1234

      exactly, (see my comment on page 2)

      December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Akr

      yes, that's their idiotic rationale. This country is being held hostage by the NRA and their insane supporters.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      U got that right, Armed the teachers please

      December 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Sipdesip

      Proof that these posts are completely unmoderated. The NRA believes that, if the kindergarteners had guns, that this would not have happened. If you're trying to be hilarious, you have failed in a spectacular and borderline psychotic sort of way. If you are actually trying to be SERIOUS, I'm going to go out on a limb and say you have spectacularly insulted pretty much most of that organization's members, which I'm guessing also have a ton of kiddos in their households that they worry about and pray for just as much as non-gun folks do.

      In either case, comments like yours are breathtakingly stupid and insensitive.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • don

      That is the NRA stand.

      The more guns the safer.

      They stop ALL attempts at resonable controls. They should be ashamed of the impact of their actions.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blokhayev

      No, don. That is not the NRA's stand. Just remember, where ever you have a gun free zone you have a tragedy waiting to happen. Here in Virginia it does happen in movie theaters because about 20% of the law abiding "citizens" have a concealed handgun permit and carry concealed or they open carrying (which is legal in VA). It only happens in VA where you have a :gun-free zone".... like Virginia Tech. This is why I chose to live in Northern VA versus D.C. and Maryland. It's safer here for law abiding citizens. Which means it's very unsafe for criminals.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynthia

      YES if those teachers would have had guns, they would have stopped this tragedy instead of just using their bodies as shields for the children. why don't you wake up and read some history of what happens in countries who give up thier guns? AMERICA IS SAFER BECAUSE OF WEAPONS

      December 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
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