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. Susan

    I just pray that everyone will be ok.

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

      what exactly will that achieve?

      December 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WB

    It was teacher that lost it.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. ClassyCanada

    God Bless those kids, I hope no one is hurt.

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

      evidently god doesnt care for those particular kids

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

      it will be difficult to get....thereby reducing the high chances of commiting crime with guns. Guns control now!

      December 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. HLynn

    Weather guns are legal or NOT, people who want them will GET them.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Constantine17642489;)

      Good point

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

      it will be much harder to come-by. Plus people who go off the edge dont go around trying to get a gun if it is not readily available....they rather will just go with a knife. Get it?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      The more guns you have, the more gun deaths there will be... period. Simple math, simple logic.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • An American

      OH...making guns illegal will get them off the streets?!?! Why don't we just make heroin and cocaine illegal then!!!"

      December 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jb61264

      I love the "make heroin and meth" illegal to get them off the streets easy to defeat. Someone on meth or heroin can't stand in front of a school or mall and kill people...someone on meth or heroin WITH A GUN can...stupid NRA logic

      December 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unabashed Progressive

      Good point – they could grow them from Gun Seeds – or perhaps, if they're industrious, they could make them from Iron ore....If guns were outlawed – not just the possession of but the sale and manufacture of, were would these guns come from? America is the biggest seller of guns in the world...Take American gun production out of the picture and there would be way less guns available for killing teachers and principals...

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

      Yeah, Mexico made guns illegal and it worked really well. Last time I heard there were no guns there, and gun violence dropped dramatically! Shut the hell up with your gun seeds bs. Oh and before you tell me that the US is the main reason for gun violence in places like Mexico how about you other countries that have plethoras of AKs as well. We aren't manufacturing those, and that is the number 1 most used firearm in the world!

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

      "Weather" has nothing to do with it.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim

    What an irresponsible comment. First of all there could be dead or injured children. Can we focus on that fact first? Second, if this person didn't have a gun you honestly believe he wouldn't have found a way to hurt someone? Pray for the kids, don't push a foolish agenda.

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

      You are correct.... your post is irresponsible. You think an inanimate object is guilty of this atrocious act. Some mental idiot goes off and folks blame everything but the idiot that did the deed. Our bleeding heart society is more to blame. Many times we find the person involved set off alarms but no one did anything because the stupid are a protected species. No one wanted the individual to come to any harm or be singled out as having problems because it might hurt his/her feelings. Then the person goes off and hurts innocent folks........ that is the shame of it all.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      Do you really think that he would have been able to walk into a school and kill children. It is you that has a stupid agenda. Handguns and assault riffles are bad. Get over it. You are just buying what gun manufacturers sell you....fear and hate...

      December 14, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bthomas

      i took a dumo on your second ammendement right today. and i will do the same to you if YOUR RIGHT to be trigger happy is worth innocent people's lifes. GUN CONTROL is not the same thing as gun bans. it controls what you can have and how you can have it and how you can use it. you want wild west.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farman Ulhaq

      There's a difference between drunk-driving and shooting people. Mass shooting people is a conscious action, requires you to be messed up in the head. In either case, it's sad that people can still carry weapons legally. I'm afraid to send my kid to school but then again I live in New York where gun laws are a little more strict as compared to other states. It's for sure that stricter gun laws yield in less accidents.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend101

      If you click "reply" we will be able to determine which comment you think is foolish.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      something foolish is more than 12,000 gun deaths a year. compare that with any other civilized country. so lets mourn for these kids, and do nothing about it, and lets mourn for the numerous others killed, and still not do anything because.... you have the right.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • chirpie

      I get sick of hearing this. Give me a bat or a knife or a couple guns. You tell me which kills people fastest.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      There is a big difference between entering in a school with a knife for example or a gun! With a gun in your hand you can kill from a distance, you feel more powerful, death is much more certain. But if you only had a knife you know you have to get close, people have a chance to fight back and to kill someone you have to be much more focused.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      Sure there are ways to kill people other than guns, but why do they always use guns? Answer: Because you can kill significantly more people faster and easier with them.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Tim, a man in China went on a rampage at an elementary school and cut 23 children. Not one of them died.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ML

      What agenda? He shot and killed what's being reported now as 26 people at least with a fire arm!!!! If he didn't have a gun he wouldn't have done that much damage. You're in complete denial if you think gun control laws aren't required in this country, these situations keep happening and people like you aren't saying anything of substance about it.

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

      See the thing is he would have found a way to hurt some1 yes, not some 22

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

      Praying for children? What exactly would prayer do for these children?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo913

      Maybe someone, but not 20.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Amen Tim!! I see why psychiatrists make money with the responses here instead of a prayer for the poor children and teachers.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      he might have found a way to hurt someone. but theres no way he kills 20 people, including all these children, without a gun. no freaking way in hell. enjoy your sacred gun rights which you pay for with the deaths of children.

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

      You are right....would have found another means. But would he have had the ability to take the reported 20 lives? I was ok with the right to bear arms until recently. There are just too many "children of video games" today.....think limiting hand guns is at least a start down the right trail.

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

      !0 kids are reported killed. you gun freaks!! You will pay all you nra lovers, if not in this in the other world! You will swim in guns there.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • sumguy2006

      I've been pro-2nd amendment up until today.
      This one may change my mind.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Hendrix

      Foolish agenda. Screw you. Do you think somebody could go into a school and kill at least 10 children without a gun? The so called "right to bear arms" does not supersede the most basic of rights, the right to life.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamgrunge

      Try committing a massive school killing with a baseball bat. Somebody tried killing a school full of people in China with a knife and only wounded people

      December 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bellamisty

      Without a gun, do you think there would be 18 families mourning dead kids a few weeks before Christmas? That gun made sure as many kids ended up dead in a short time in a way no knife or pipe could have.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albanides

      Seriously, if this person didn't have a gun, I honestly believe he wouldn't have killed or injured more than 3 people.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Batman

      With a gun, he had more chance to kill more people. With a knife, less chance and the rate of death may be lower. If there was no choice at all and it would happen anyway, I'd let him have a knife. Why do we want more death??

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

      you see guns are made for only one thing =shooting , So in the country with no guns -less shooting or not at all. lets check in Europe today ,last week and so on.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pike

      To DrD (are you kidding?).The truth is people don't need knifes to eat (pick it up and eat it with your fingers), electricty for light (use a candle), natural gas for heat (use a fireplace), cars for transportation (use your feet or a horse). My point is in reality none of these items are need to survive, they are merly creature comfort create by rashional people to make day to day life easier. Guns are no different, they provide protection and for some folks even today they provide food! Imagine if the Founding Fathers of our Country thinking like you?? You and I might not be having this conversation for fear of persecution for voicing our own opinion. Freedom of speech, compliments of good people with guns.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grey, Atlanta

      If this person did not have a gun, he would not have been able to kill so many people. If he had a knife, he could have killed a few kids, but not so many kids. So, yes, as long as guns are so easily accessible in the US, these horrific mass murders will continue. It’s disheartening to witness so many people not wanting to give up their “right” to buy an unlimited number of guns for the safety of the society as a whole.

      I’m not arguing that guns should be outlawed. I’m saying that in order to own a gun, one must be subjected by a very stringent background check by the Federal Government, and once the background check comes back clean, one must undergo hundreds of hours of training before one is allowed to purchase a gun. Additionally, if there should be a limit to how many weapons one can own and how much ammunition one can store at home. This would absolutely bring the number of these horrific events down by a few orders of magnitude.

      In Canada, citizens are allowed to own guns, but there’s a very strict Government control over guns. As a result, gun violence in Canada is a fraction of gun violence in the US. Same goes for UK and any other civilized country.

      Even in Israel, where everyone serves in the military and while on active (or reserve) duty is quite often required to carry machine guns at all times, a citizen (who is also a reserve soldier) must undergo very stringent checks in order to be allowed to own a gun. Those who get the permit to carry guns are not subject to security checks at multiple security check points (at malls, restaurants, train and bus stations, etc.) The permit to carry a gun in Israel automatically guarantees that such a person has undergone the most stringent Government background checks and is guaranteed not to be a terrorist or criminal.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • hate4noreason

      Tim I suppose you support selling nukes to Al Qaeda right? After all, if they don't kill us with nukes they will kill us with knives or something, and we can't ban knives and all other things. If you don't support selling nukes over the internet to the highest bidder you are a hypocrite for supporting the uncontrolled sale of guns since in both cases anyone can get their hands on them.

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

      I honestly believe that without a gun that person would not have killed 20 people.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • anchorite

      Yes, I believe it would have been pretty hard to kill 30 aware and terrified people without a gun. The only "agenda" being pushed is the one about this not happening again. You think liberals make money or get famous somehow off trying to ban high cap and concealed weapons? We're praying for the kids we can still save the next time some guy goes off his nut, too. At this rate it should be next week.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • anchorite

      Yes, I believe it would have been pretty hard to kill 30 aware and terrified people without a gun. The only "agenda" being pushed is the one about this not happening again. You think liberals make money or get famous somehow off trying to ban high cap and concealed weapons? We're praying for the kids we can still save the next time some guy goes off his nut, too. At this rate it should be next week.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jbonez

      Sure, try killing 20 people with your hands in a few minutes. See how far you get. Guns are the problems. Assault weapons are a problem. You can buy a gun without a background check the internet (armslist). Guns kill more people that is a fact. Guns are used by cowards. How many of these people would kill the same amount of people with a baseball bat or differnt weapon, where you actually have to get close to the people to kill them?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jK

      Yes, I'm sure if he did not have guns, he would have gone in and hacked 20 to death with a paring knife sherlock. It's all about the guns. We've made killing very easy in this country. I can waltz in, buy an assault weapon with no questions, a truck full of ammo, and no questions asked.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • skhalsa86

      Tim do you really think this guy would have been able to kill 18 children and 8 adults with a knife?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Ferrara

      Hand guns are out of control won't you admit? And control is control.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin Black

      ever heard of IEDs? and dont forget that the 9/11 terrorists took over the planes with box cutters

      December 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      KJ says "Stop defending our god given right" Where the hell in the bible does God say you have the right to bare arms you idiot. You americans are so blinded by your "right to bare arms" bullsh!t. Look at what you country has come to. Innocent adults and children are being killed on a regular basis in brutal shootings. This does not happen regularly in any other country that has gun laws. Is it really worth it to protect your right to own a gun when you have thousands of innocent people dying each year due to guns. Another person said "if they didn't have access to guns they would of found another way to hurt people". Name another way that someone is going to hurt that many people that easily. Is he going to get a knife and go on a stabbing rampage, yeah that would last about 1 minute before he was taken down. Grow up you ignorant NRA supporting fools. This could of been prevented if you hillbillies would stop thinking about yourselves and think about the innocent victims. Screw your right to bare arms and prevent psychos from being able to get assault rifles.

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

      I would argue that he would have a hell of a time mass killing kids without a gun. A gun allowed this loon to become a killing machine.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • omicron

      Tim, and how many kids do you think he would have killed with a knife before someone smashed a chair on his head?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ1008

      Hurting someone? Is it the same a killing so many people? That's why banning guns is the right thing to do.

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

      Exactly. Today in China a nutjob attacked 22 school children with a knife. In the past few years over 20 children in China have been killed at school by crazies with knives.

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

      yes tim, if this man didn't have a gun I honestly believe that this incident would not have occured. could he still cause harm to others? yes, he certainly could. would he have been able to do it on this scale. no, he probably could not have.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Do you seriously think you could have killed 30 people with a baseball bat?

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

      Yes, let's focus on the fact that there are many dead children. And why is this? Because in this country, it's easy for crazy people to get guns and shoot people. I dream of the day when all the people with guns in this country will shoot each other, so we can bury them together with their stupidity, and the rest of us can live in peace.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJP3

      We no not let people buy missile launchers for a reason - they are weapons of mass murder

      December 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      I bet your not the sharpest tool in the shed , are Ya! EveryONE politisizes everything, and you just proved my point saying the only stupid reply bye say that. Wait till its your wife or child killed recklessly by guns. You wont be able to prevent it even if you have a gun, REALLY! Genious

      December 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cayeres209

      Yes Tim he could have used any other weapon but most homicides are gun related. Close to 70% of all homicides are with guns. That means guns out number all other possible weapons and methods COMBINED. Our homicide and mass killimg problem related to guns not knives or bats or cars or poisonings.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • astreet85

      Tim, you call the agenda foolish but to whose benefit? What is more important? Your leisure or the loss of life? Laws will not prevent people from using guns to harm others. It is apparent having seen the majority of criminals kill themselves rather than survive to face justice. Justice doesn't work. The US is not under attack and weapons such as guns can kill more people effectively than a knife, needle, bat, etc. Where does the idea that people need guns come from? Lack of credibility among law enforcement? The idea the nation will need a revolution? These are childish claims.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      The nutcase gunlovers are of course here johnny-on-the-spot with their warped propaganda.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Father of two

      If the attacker didn't have a gun, then more people would be alive.

      What's your canned pro-gun response to that.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Keith

      Foolish 'agenda'? Really? I guess in your mind the focus should be on protecting the status quo at all cost, even if that includes the lives of children in the next shooting. Get real and let's use our common sense. Pervasive access to guns absolutely dramatically increases the frequency of these tragedies. Sadly, we'll never fully stop them but can dramatically reduce them by common sense regulation (e.g. no assault rifles, etc).

      December 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Sure, Tim, I do believe he would have found a way to hurt someone. How many people do you think he would have killed with a knife?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Nut job walks into school in china yesterday with a knife and WOUNDS 22 children.

      Nut job walks into a school today in America with a gun and KILLS 30 people.

      Get it, wounds versus kills.

      Do you really think they could have killed 30 people with a box cutter before someone was able to stop him.

      You gun idiots are the dumbest people on the planet.

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

      Hurt someone? Yes.
      Murder 20 kids? No.
      Its people + guns that kill – dont just blame it on the person.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mic

      Without guns, at least he couldn't possibly kill 26 people with a knife in that short period time!

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

      He might still have found a way to hurt someone, but he would have had a very difficult time trying to kill 20-30 people.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TK

      Sure, criminals can hurt other people without using guns. But it would be much more difficult and a criminal is less likely to kill as many people compared to using guns. Tragedies like this have happened and WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN as long as serious gun-control is not implemented. Too bad but it's a price we keep paying as a society for the stupid freedom to own assault weapons in a civilized society.

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

      You gun nuts who cannot admit that easy access to guns is a contributing factor to these massacres are the ghouls.

      Shame on you and yours.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Father of two

      Um, yeah, if he didn't have a gun, he couldn't have killed so many.

      Nice argument.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julia123

      give another weapon you can buy in a super market other than gun that can kill 30 people in 10 minutes! give an event that it actually happened.

      then we can compare the stats.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      The key word there is "hurt." Sure, he may have hurt or even killed his mom which appears to have been his objective. But would he have killed 20 children and 5 other adults? I wouldn't call taking appropriate actions to control such instruments, ones that take lives and destroy those of the families a "foolish agenda." We obviously have a problem in our country when those who are mentally ill have such easy access to firearms. They shouldn't be able to acquire a gun legally, and if they have family members with guns why aren't they more careful to make sure that they can't access them? And the NRA does have something to do with it if they are applying pressure to lawmakers to make sure that their "members" can have easy access to firearms so that they can exercise their 2nd amendment right to bear arms. Too many times we've seen that perhaps the 2nd amendment is a little reckless in our modern society.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common man

      NRA is 100% responsible for this and similar incidents happened in recent past. NRA is instrumental in making guns/assault weapon easily available. It is as easy to get a gun as getting tobacco in United States. Peopleshould file cases in the courts against NRA to fix responsibility and each victim should be paid $1000,000.00 by NRA. I am sure our judges are not on payroll of NRA and their lobbyists, like our lawmakers. God bless United States of America !

      December 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ControlGuns

      Tim you are the foolish one who cannot use critical thinking. Sure, if this person wanted to hurt someone they would have but not 30 people. Maybe just the person they were targeting. Guns will increase the fatality by at least ten fold.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Put your 30 pieces of NRA silver in the bank.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graeme Rodgers

      Just shut up, really , be quiet, what would you rather go up against a knife or a semi-automatic. Just stop talking

      December 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan Lanza Friend count

      could be? Oh okay

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

      I honestly think that a person who kills 27 with a gun would not be able to kill 27 with a knive or a baseball bat. No more guns.

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

      The saddest thing of all is that despite this, people will insist that guns do not need to be regulated and that we should allow these events to happen more.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Outlaw Bullet Sales.

      What a stupid comment! You think he could have massacred 20 children without a gun?

      December 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emory

      The only purpose for a gun is to kill. If you have a gun you are an immediate threat to kill.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShawnDH

      Uh, yes of this psycho couldn't so easily get a gin he wouldn't have shot to death 27 people. Good GOD. Why are you acting so blind to the obvious problem?

      There was a psycho who went on a rampage at a school in China today with a knife. Guess how many kids died...ZERO.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      @Tim, sure he'd have found another way. A way that would've killed fewer people. He wanted to kill many, so he chose the easiest way: a gun. In fact, a gun designed to kill people. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons are made for killing people. Not ducks or rabbits or deer, people. Let's not pretend otherwise.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil

      I agree Tim. People are such a stupid species

      December 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You really think he could have killed almost 30 people that quick without a gun, especially an automatic weapon? It is thinking like this that contributes to having guns like this available that can kill innocent people so quick. Anyone who thinks these types of weapons should be available to the general public should be ashamed of themselves.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Or maybe he wouldn't have wanted to hurt anyone without a certain type of weapon. The objective does not seem to be to kill people as much as live out fantasies. Note that the vast majority of these shootings are committed with combat firearms. The same types of guns pushed in first person shooter video games and in movies. We see few mass shootings with revolvers, antique firearms, or hunting rifles. Our society defines a people in black combat suits with combat firearms as cool. It's the Navy Seal image. People with revolvers, antique firearms, and hunting rifles are not coo. They're just people with revolvers, antique firearms and hunting rifles. We can't control the fantasy seekers, but we can control the fantasy-enabling combat firearms. Either by banning them or excise-taxing the hell out of them.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • shk

      yea maybe someone. hard to massacre with a knife.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      He wouldn't have been able to take out 26 people in the heat of the moment. That much is certain!

      December 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MG12345


      I am sorry Tim. This is the time to talk about Gun control if you really care about innocent children who get killed for no fault of their own. When is the right time to talk about Gun control when this kind of tragedy has become common occurrence.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • hyte

      26 people in less than 5 minutes? mustard gas? ninja tactics? do you know how stupid you sound?

      December 15, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Just for the record

    How long are the nutcase gun activists going to keep insisting on no new gun laws???

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

      I know right! we should ban guns in all places like schools and gun crime ridden cities (like Chicago and Washington D.C.). That'll help reduce things like this!

      December 14, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      Trey, that's why we should simply ban types of guns in ALL of America. Like the national assault weapons ban that the Republicans let expire in the early 00's.

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

      Have you tried to purchase a gun legally? It is not really that easy to do. Please remember most of the people that do horrible things like this do not get their weapons legally. Seriously if they aren't worried about breaking the law by committing murder they really are not going to worry about stealing a gun.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    Too close for home =/. You're in our prays Newtown.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Trey

    @Jilly W

    You're right. The NRA is to blame. We should ban guns, especially at schools and gun crime ridden cities like Chicago and Washington D.C.

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

      Let's see...what is the common denominator is between Chicago & Washington, DC?
      Oh, it's Obama! Maybe we should ban him?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Constantine17642489;)

    Oh my god!!! Please let the children be safe!!:/ and hope to god the shooter is blown away by the police:/

    December 14, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marie

    Jilly... the NRA had nothing to with this shooting! What part of ... "It's not guns that kill people, it's people that kill people!" If we outlaw guns, then only the outlaws will have them!

    December 14, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadadan67

      I'd say this guy qualifies as an outlaw. Where does your argument go from there, other than being a bumper sticker?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • rememberwhatbushdid

      WRONG. Bullets kill people and they come from guns. These mass murderers can't commit these crimes in movie theaters and schools with a knife or a bow and arrow. Way too many people have handgun and assault rifles, which are so convenient when you are momentarily enraged. Just too convenient and handy. GUNS DO KILL PEOPLE.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • An expat visiting home

      Certainly makes friend or foe identification easier.

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

      Yes, but without the weapons sold and manufactured controlling this sort of behavior would be much easier.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • jb61264

      Wrong...It's people with guns that kill people...or more appropriately stupid people with stupid guns that kill people

      December 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      But, the guns help.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quit Crying

      Great, a lot of butt-hurt gun owners are spamming. Everyone is making the point "if we don't have guns, they will!" There has been 2 big shootings this week, one here, one at a mall in Oregon. Granted, at this school, the average teacher and student would not carry guns, but you there wasn't someone at the mall who didn't have a gun? Everyone says that they need a gun for protection, well how many massacres do we hear about that were stopped by a armed civilian? Aurora?

      Guarantee you this gunman has a gun permit, and has easier access to ammo then most people do to vote. Take it down a level. I'm not saying outlaw guns, but we can't even regulate guns properly to keep it out of the bad guy's hands. Why? NRA lobbying.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • miamigrrrl

      If we outlaw nuns, only outlaws will have nuns!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • FirstResponder

      @Marie: Sure, people kill people in the sense that it's a person pulling the trigger. But supporters of that rationale cannot deny how easy it is for crazy people to kill mass amounts of people with a gun. An example with another weapon: Americans can start a war, but if they drop nuclear bombs they kill a lot more people than if they only use handguns. The same goes for the analogy that "people can kill people with anything, so why should guns have more restriction?" That's true, but if guns were harder to obtain, people would not be able to kill as many people so easily. Sure, I can kill somebody with a knife, but it would be a lot harder to kill 20 people with a knife in just a few seconds than it is if I'm shooting an automatic handgun. Sensible understandings, right?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goncalo

      I must say that Americans just look extremly dumb to the rest of the world with that type of statement... It reminds me of the scene when you are playing Pictonary... you draw something that looks like an elephant but it's not the answer... and the person on the other side keeps on saying ELEPHANT, ELEPHANT....., ELEPHANT!!!!
      How many more people of your own will you sacrifice??? Maybe this issues haven't hit closer to your home yet... maybe then you will open those eyes.
      Sad... so Sad ...

      December 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcelo Mena

      Not so. the US has low crime rate in comparison to other countries, yet much higher murder rate. You do the math.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnowItAll

      How long can you repeat those archaic and clichéd words and phrases?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Guess what Marie, YOURE WRONG! Yes people with guns kill people. Where did the bullet come from? Oh yeah the Gun! The GUN may not be completely at fault but it is just as much to blame as the person shooting it. I can't stand you gun nutz with your stupid claims of blaming it on the person and not the gun, so stupid. ITS BOTH PARTIES FAULT!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrK

      The NRA had everything to do with this, they support lax gun laws.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      And if only criminals have guns, then everyone with a gun is a criminal. It makes it very easy to know who to arrest.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • california99

      WE NEED GUN CONTROL...NOW!! so crazy people and all these nuts can't get guns and so many bullets so easily!!!

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

      Marie, this excuse is getting older and outdated. If guns were outlawed, would he have been able to carry out this massacre? Would have have been able to so easily acquire weapons? Look at the murder statistics for nations with strict gun control laws such as Canada vs. the United States.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jilly

      Outlaw people then.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcskadittle

      is not about a gun killing people is this deranged person having the ability to get one, if he couldn't get a gun, less people would have been killed. how do you deny that?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • E1g1

      You're should be:
      Guns don't kill people. PEOPLE are killing people...with GUNS!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ingyandbert

      The NRA and it's rabid support of gun culture has EVERYTHING to do with these incidents. Look beyond your nose.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sushilti

      Absolutely Marie!
      People kill people . Guns just facilitate that process more swiftly. Now AR can pop 100 rounds in a minute 1 person kill 100 without anyone able to do anything.This what Al Qaeda can't do to this country NRA did legally.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • essmeier

      I could live with that. Most people aren't in danger of being shot by "outlaws"; they're in danger of being shot by friends or family members.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norbert

      How stupid: That is like saying "Cigarettes don't casue cancer...." Thes epoor people were not killed by the cold or by a pointed handkerchief, they ere killed with a gun. GUNS KILL PEOPLE, THAT IS THEIR ONLY PURPOSE.

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

      People do kill people yes but 20 people aren't dead today if a psycho like this can't get a gun

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

      And how many of those who did things like this (Columbine, etc.) were known outlaws before they did this?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • marjee123

      Since we have laws FOR the sale of guns etc, the problem comes down to the fact that because people are so greedy and want to make that sale they give a darn about who they sell them to. Look at the guy who shot Gabby Giffords. He was not supposed to have someone sell him guns but the gun shop sold them to him anyway. If you keep guns out of the hands of these type of people it might cut down on things like this.

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

      Then the police will know who the criminals are wont they? There is NO REASON for a law abiding citizen to have anything other than a hunting rifle. NONE.

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

      Yeah, there's your logic. Guns don't kill people, right. I'm so sick of people like you who rinse and repeat the same bulls&@t every single time this happens. Shut up.

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

      great point, and if these kids were armed, then they could have killed the shooter ! Heck, they should have rockets to arm them selves from the stupid NRA and gun loving hicks...moron

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

      It's not guns that kill is people WITH GUN that kill people. If this were your child who was killed, you might look at the availability of weapons differently.

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

      That ma'am makes no sense. The gun does the damage and kills. The person only pulls the trigger.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShawnDH

      That is riduculous. YOU are part of the problem! The NRA is an evil organization that has the blood of these children on their hands! They lobby against even the most common sense gun banning ASSAULT WEAPONS!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • allaisa

      I have a gun, you have a knife, let us have a fight you fool!

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

      Marie, you seem to think that makes any sort of difference whatsoever. What is the solution in THIS scenario? Elementary teachers and students carrying guns, now? Wielding guns is only an illusion of power in modern society.

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

      Yes it is sad this happens, But People need to understand that mankind has found a way to kill each other en mass even before the invention of the gun. Think back , Mankind uses anything that can to harm one another. If the man did not have a gun he would of had used something else. The fact is Guns do make it a little easier, but if someone wants to kill someone, they will find anyway they can. I for 1 will always own a gun. If we outlaw them than a black market for them will come to America. Than Criminals will still have weapons and you wont. Total gun control in not the answer, The Cease of selling AR-15's and automatic weapons is what needs to happen. Fact is that mankind will continue to kill itself no matter what, Id rather be able to protect my home and family against those who would still own them after the are outlawed. Lets try to keep it to what it is, Lets not bicker about this issue, Kids are Dead, we should grieve not bicker. Lets be Adults

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

      EXACTLY.....The crazies are still going to get guns no matter what.I wish I would hear more stories on people licensed to carry a gun actually being in the right place at the right time to take out someone like that.GUN LAWS will never change EVER.Like it or not.

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

      It's an armed citizenry that kills people, and the NRA advocates for an armed citizenry. The result is more tragedies like this one.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith Smith

      Law Enforcement would have guns. Are you saying the police are outlaws?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      It may not be guns, but there is no reason in the world that people need to purchase automatic weapons. I understand the need to protect yourself.......but our society makes it easy for things like this to happen.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Marie there will be less access to guns if they were outlawed...minimizing the risk of senseless deaths on such a massive scale..leave the protection up to the police, those that are trained to minimize fatalies.

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

      It is just way to easy to get a gun in this country. This is a horrible, horrible tragedy and just before these kids were going to enjoy the holidays. What a disgrace of a human who could do something like this.

      We need much tighter gun control. The fact you can walk in a buy high powered weapons without a background check is just ridiculous. Anyone who argues differently is an idiot.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jhysterio

      You know, most of these mass killings are committed by people with no previous criminal records. That argument has been dispelled long ago. I'd feel safer being robbed at gunpoint by a career criminal than a random nut job. The one just wants your money, the other wants your life.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • melissa

      My prays goes out to the children and their familes. It was a bad accident. How could someone be so heartless?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiot

      Yes, let's outlaw guns and have nothing to protect ourselves with so this problem will increase a 100x. Great idea there.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Yeah so everyone should have a gun right ? a certain percent of population is unstable that will help things

      December 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • rock woman

      And what part of "it's people with guns who kill people" don't YOU understand? Have you ever seen a person without a gun shoot someone?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      Guns sure do make it easier for people to kill. "Guns don't kill people..." is irresponsible and constantly proven to be wrong. Far too many of them are being used for the wrong reasons.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick-o

      It's automatic guns at stake in the argument. Plus, what do you want to do, arm the teachers? Yeah, that can;t go wrong...EVER! sic

      December 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      "Guns Dont Kill People, People Kill People"
      Yawn, This tired old one-liner quip is obvious in its misleading simplistic approach. Which of course explains its constant regurgitation by those not wishing to think or speak for themselves.
      Of course a gun ( and in-animate object) does not "kill people" but a person WITH a gun sure can. Did the person use a baseball bat? An axe? A knife? NO... they used a GUN.
      To try to make the claim that the existence of the gun played no part in the attackers ability to create so much carnage is disingenuous and completely asinine.

      Instead of NRA provided one-liners, how about people start thinking for themselves.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harbormick

      I have a question for the NRA. Is it worth it? Is the death of innocent children worth satisfying the need for someone to compensate for phallic shortcomings or to quell someone’s delusion of paranoia that they are under some sort of threat. Don’t try to blame this on mental illness of the shooter(s) as it is obvious they were not well. However you cannot legislate mental illness as it is difficult to detect. Think about it NRA, are these 27 innocent lives worth your precious 2nd amendment

      December 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      No, its people WITH GUNS that kill people.

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

      People kill people with guns. Wake up!

      Do you think this guy could have killed as many with a knife?

      Guns make it so people can kill more people faster and more easily. One split second and it's done. One mistake and it's too late. The victim doesn't even have a chance.

      Don't tell me guns don't kill people. That is such balogne!

      December 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill1024

      These excuses for an organization that supports mass killings by promoting that anyone can get any gun are getting a little old.

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

      Bull – we are the only civilized country in the world to have this happen again and again and again. Sure, it can happen anywhere, but it never happens near as often as it does here. We are a violent country who loves our guns. This needs to end. F the second amendment. It served a purpose at the time, but it is outdated and counterproductive now.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DE

      That old "it's not guns that kill people, it's people that kill people" is really getting old. "It's people with GUNS that kill people". Must be nice, that fantasy world you live in.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mik73

      I'm willling to bet every single one of these crazed killers were law abiding, legal gun-owning, non-outlaw, everyday citizens just like you and me...until they grabbed their gun and decided to become outlaws. Funny how that works.

      Every other progressive, modern western decmocracy seems to have figured out how to live together without the need to arm every single citizen. What is wrong with the US that you need to go in the opposite direction. This is the 21st century, not 11th century Europe.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • EBN

      On the other hand, if only outlaws carry guns, it would be easier for authorities to put outlaws away.
      May God bring comfort for the families.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sergio

      Existing gun controls is the cause of todays and past massacres in schools, movie theaters, shopping centers, etc…and politicians are cowards for not stand up to the NRA

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

      Yeah, if these kids had guns, they could have shot the gunman. They too have the right to bear arms. Can't believe someone would not understand that.

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

      Yea, Marie you can make sure that "Guns don't kill people..." BS ts engraved on the tombstones of those 18 little children.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      I agree with you Marie, it is the people not the guns. When God was thrown out of the schools satan took over. We should all be praying for our schools and our Nation. God is waiting for us to ask for help and forgiveness. God's will be done, I love you Jesus! Save our Country.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThreeDeeJay

      Marie, guns do kill people. The problem is that it is too easy and can build a headcount fast. Think.

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

      Gun does not kill people, but it does facilitate the killing. Without a gun, I doubt the casualty today will be this high.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uri

      Not really. It is people with guns that kill people.
      So we either outlaw people or outlaw guns. I guess the latter is better, right?
      I understand people need guns (or so they think) for self-defense, but assault weapons are NOT suited for self-defense,
      they are attack weapons, so whoever claims he needs Glock for defense is lying.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Guns don't kill people. They are inanimate objects until they are in the hands of a person. People with guns kill people, too easily. I agree we shouldn't outlaw guns completely. Police and military should have them. And third world countries can have them in the hands of random citizens, and it's just fine with me if thats what they chose to do. But this is my country, and I'd love to see us move to the next level of decency and social sophistication.

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

      Tell that to the dead children who didn't have a chance to run from the bullets. You idiot.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Yeah, that old line simply does not work, so please stop repeating the NRA wonkball party line about it. You make yourself look stupid.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonny chapman

      People with guns KILL much more efficiently than people w/out guns.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wb

      Please stop repeating these meaningless statements. The gun crazy have been too successful with those arguments for years look where it’s got us.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You that is the dumbest argument out there. You feel that way until something happens to you or your family. Thinking people realize the stupidity of this argument. Guns must be controlled. Period. Get over it you foolish person.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      "Only outlaws will have guns". Stupid remark. Now anyone and everyone has access to guns including mentally unstable and people with emotionally explosive issues. We as a society get what we deserve. Poor children who were helpless victims. Iam so sorry we failed you.

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

      Then we will know who the outlaws are and they can be dealt. Marie, do you think our gun-crazy society is protecting us? How many more bloodbaths are we going to have before we wake up. Maybe it will have to affect you directly before you realize sanity is more important than wrapping your cold fingers around the gun that makes you feel powerful.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • child of midian

      Of the 600 in that school, only the outlaw had a gun.

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

      the NRA and foolish people that devote themselves to powerful guns enabled weapons that can discharge 100 rounds rapidly to be easily available.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • law abiding canadian


      December 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Right, and this guy would not have doen this if he didn't have acces to a gun.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MG12345

      Foolish comment. It's high time we got guns off the street. Without guns he wouldn't have been able to kill so many people in such short duration.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • CDA

      because arming yourself helps deter crime? Wrong. Guns make it easier to kill people, lots of people, and in this sad case lot's of kids

      December 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Thats ok sweatheart you dont understand, go back and play with your barbies.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • excoachken

      And people get fat without forks....And driving your car at 120 mph does not kill if nobody else wants to use the road. Selfish gunny.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Guns don't kill? They squirt water out is it??

      Policies enforced by the NRA (such as not re-enacting the ban on assault weapons) enable lunatics to obtain weapon of mass murders. Who needs guns when you have the NRA? NRA boneheads like you are the real problem – shame on you.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Only the bad people have them in the school anyways

      December 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbo88

      Your argument is weak. Stop repeating NRA talking points. The NRA is a terrorist organization in America. The blood is on their hands!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Father of two

      .. people *with guns* kill people.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mason

      The shooter was not an outlaw. He was mad as hell and grabbed the most devastating weapon he could find. The mass stabbing in China resulted in no deaths.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • stop the violence

      What a Great Argument that I am sick of hearing. Ok People kill people guns have nothing to do with it. Lets not have gun regulation instead why don't we lock up the people who are killing people. Hummm who is that,oh the male gender so lets lock up every male from the age may 12 years old to say 85 years old. THAT would solve the problem

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

      And 20 children would be alive.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • PBS

      Marie, people who have automatic guns kill scores of people. People who have knives and other manual weapons do not kill so many people before they are apprehended. Eliminate automatic weapons. End of story.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      outlaws and cops.. Guns are a tool of death. Their purpose is to kill. They make it a lot easier to do so.

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

      It's people with guns who kill people!

      Ban ALL guns NOW!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter Knight

      We should have armed the children with guns. That way they would have stopped the killer. Right? It's people like you that make me sick!!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • glab

      Guns don't kill people. People with easy access to assault weapons and high capacity magazines thanks to lobbying for $ by the NRA kill people.

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

      The same old bull.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkmhoffman

      No Marie – Our forefathers would be rolling in their graves about the number of time AMERICANS have turned on EACH OTHER with handguns and rifles. In the 1770s guns were the only defense (a well armed militia) against foreign (British) power. Now guns are weapons of mass destruction. We should not be worrying about ALQAEDA – we should be worried about our fellow armed citizens

      December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SN

      people kill not guns..
      people use guns to kill and guns surely kill
      Keep guns off of people and still people may kill
      But, without guns, they find it hard to kill, less mass killing
      Guns are bad and so are some people.
      Let's keep guns away from most people
      Simple... Kapische ?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      It's people WITH GUNS that kill people!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mat

      There is a thin line between freedom and anarchy.
      People should not have access to machine guns. You can protect yourself using a rifle but why should people be able to get a machine gun.
      On the other hand, I believe thats the police job to protect people not them having a gun to protect themselves. This is not wild west anymore.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      U gun nuts are stupid , gun don't kill people people kill people ? At least if the person has no automatic gun to kill someone , the death count will be less , foolish republicans

      December 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      ...and cops. Come one.. let's get real here. This isn't the Wild West. Regardless, you might want to give your assault rifle a tight squeeze, it's probably going to be taken away from your shortly. heh heh heh

      December 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      there is absolutely no reason for any regular citizen to own an assault rifle, or worse with a large magazine. They need to be outlawed and those who hide them killed with their own guns on site until they all disappear.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victoria

      "It's people that kill people" Yea, as if it would've been JUST as easy to run around the school stabbing people (or the movie shooting) just as fast and effecient with the same amount of people dead – right? NO! Guns make it simpler and faster to kill people, whether its on accident or on purpose it's just unpreventable. Who doesn't question the motives of a man with a bullet proof vest, mask, purchising three weapons (obviously not hunting guns..) Yes there will always be criminals with resrections of gun laws, less criminals that would be able to access weapons. This man was not a criminal until he chose to purchase a gun and act upon his desicion.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      F you, guns kill people. Now shut yer pie hole.

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

      Yea the NRA does not care about children. Only protecting gun sales.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      your so full of sh..t your breath stinks

      December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      your so full of sh..t your breath stinks more

      December 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      He could have. But not so many, so fast, so easily. It is the gun that made the killing so easy, so fast.. It is absolutely follish to hide behind King George, in the name of personal freedom..

      December 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary McGoey

      U r wrong. Guns kill people. It is waht it is.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imagine Films

      Marie...."it's not guns that kill people"....take away the guns, you take away the killing. That sounds like your mantra to believe in but look around people....your country has the highest gun related deaths per capita in the world. Why's that? ..because you bow down to a 200 year old bill as your God given right. Times have changed, and so should your country.
      It breaks our hearts in Canada and other countries watching this happen all over again. No country is immune to this type of violence, but gun control would be a good start. As long as you people think more guns will make you safer think again. You have more guns than anyone and that's not working so well, isn't it.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      This is not rocket science. It is not about gun control or not gun control. It is about safety regulations. Plain and simple...the more dangerous the item, the more regulation it needs. Nuclear bombs 747s....lots of regulation. Butter knife...not so much. Get it? Automatic weapons...more regulation. Hunting rifles....not so much.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Delores Fell

      Easy access for the unstable people!
      Ask the people of New Zealand and how they feel about their gun control. They are comfortable and welcome their laws.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common man

      Are we living in a fools world? Today what happened NRA is fully responsible for this and so many other similar incidents we had in recent past. People of United States should file a case against NRA in respective courts- fixing the responsibility and each victim family should be paid by NRA $1000,000 for each life lost. I think our judges are not on NRA and their lobbyists payroll like our lawmakers are. It is as easy to get a gun like we get tobacco in this country. We need strict gun control and proper enforcement. God Bless United States of America!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek Johnson

      What part of "people kill MORE people WITH GUNS" rather than any other weapon do you not understand? outlawing guns will result in some career criminals keeping them, but psychopaths wouldn't be able to go on rampages like this because supply would have reduced. It's called math moron.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • IKC

      Try telling that to the kids who were killed today... or their parents....

      December 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Venture


      December 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      You guys just keep chanting that old mantra...

      December 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boris

      FULL BAN ON FIREARMS IN USA!!! make gun possession be a capital crime. 10 year in jail and $1.000.000 in fines for owning gun.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      That has not done much in the past.

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

      I AGREE. AMEN!!!!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      The NRA advocates the use of guns for protection. Nevertheless, guns are the objects that are causing the problem. Statistically speaking, more individuals are likely to be scared to use their fire arms in a situation of crisis than to use it. What the NRA advocates is wrong. Everyone says that "if I were there, I'd use my gun" but when the situation arises, no one actually does. They hide in the corner and wait for help. Also, since the problem is the fact that individuals can purchase weapons with such ease in the United States. This is evidently the problem at hand. The NRA would say "No, everyone should be able to purchase a gun" but this does more harm than good. On a side note, how is an individual who is not in the military able to purchase a bullet proof vest with weapons without being cited as doing something sinister? This is seriously beyond me...

      December 14, 2012 at 5:36 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 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Comments like this will keep you going true life without thinking...Arent tired of diying?

      December 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • livewire 43


      December 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • beedub

      Dear USA, do something about gun!

      December 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      So sick of that stupid argument

      December 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      It's funny how you don't blame the guns, but if it weren't so freakin easy to get the guns then you wouldn't have this problem. Here in Canada we rarely ever have anything like this happen and it just so happens that you can buy guns very easily here.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebeca

      Dont you get tired of fooling yourself with the same tired phrase everytime something like this happens?
      Maybe one day it will happen to you, and you will begin to see guns in a different way...

      December 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmFem101

      No one is talking about BANNING guns! We are talking about gun CONTROL!!! 88% of all women killed in domestic violence are killed with guns... The chances of a family member or friend being killed by a gun that was purchased for safety purposes is 43 times greater than that gun being used to kill an intruder! Other countries don't have this problem. Why not??? Because they have strict gun laws!

      December 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrm03063

      Either become part of the discussion of how to keep firearms out of the wrong hands – or be made irrelevant.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Raygun

      people kill people with guns, one person can kill ALOT of people with 1 gun. the sole purpose of a gun is to be as effective at killing as possible nothing else.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • geraldhintlian

      We should outlaw semi-automatic mass murder weapons from anyone anywhere in the US. These are not sporting guns, not defensive weapons, only mass murder weapons, designed to kill the most people in the least amount of them. Get rid of them from our country!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sun

      Yeah right, guns will drive them selves to school and start shooting...what a stupid comment

      December 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • girl0032

      These guns were LEGALLY purchased, and an UNLAWFUL act still occurred.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Meaningless and meritless cliches.
      Only zealots and the ignorant buy into those NRA one-liners.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |

      Great! Then let all of us have tanks, missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, etc. They don't kill people.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      It's people with guns that kill people!

      December 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      so why is it that these stupid things mostly happen in USA and not much everywhere else in the world (like those countries that ban guns)? are you implying that Americans are more violent and more stupid than the rest of the world? think about what you say.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      This same lame dialog is killing people.Don't you know that there is no way he can kill 27 if there is no gun.if he had any other weapon four or five adults would have over powered and reduced casualties may be one or two..In America common sense is not common.that is the problem fools like you always vote in wrong way.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiveandLetLive

      you must live in a dream world, people owning weapons of this nature, i guess they need them as a showel for removing snow

      December 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • pam



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    • Oscar

      Agree completely..

      December 15, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. JR

    Oh boy, here we go again, no, Merry Christmas from the lunatic who used a gun to shot somebody! Stop blaming the gun, blame the person who pulls the trigger! Did you ever see a gun jump off a table, aim, and shoot itself? I am guessing not.

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

      Good point, JR.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Texhimself

      Faulty logic. Guns are tools. Dangerous tools should be regulated. Can you buy a flamethrower? CBU? Operate dangerous chemicals? Appy pesticides without a permit? Drive a car?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yes you can do all those things I'm sorry to say

      December 15, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • PrologicAntiGun


      Hey GH – how about we require the gun manufactures to build guns that can ONLY be fired by the hands they are registered to? Simple fingerprint? We have the technology, but that would cost the gun manufactures money and make guns more expensive.

      The probelm is registered guns (again and again) end up in the hands of people that don't own them – and PRO gun people keep drinking the NRA koolade instead of asking them to make their "product" safer. Making the gun firable by only the person it is registered to would clearly save lives.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dnick47

      If the freak had not had a gun he may have been contained before he (or they) killed these babies... guns make it easy to kill. That's the problem... they make it easy to kill. By the way, Roger Bacon in the 14th. Century independently discovered how to make gun powder but it is reported that he destroyed everything concerning it saying that mankind was not ready to deal with suck a thing.... Man was he ever right!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Guns may not jump off tables and shoot people, but there are many instances each year where kids get a hold of their parents gun and accidentally shoot themselves or someone else. There needs to be stricter gun regulations. Lets not make it so easy for people to acquire weapons without proper due diligence. Very sad day.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • frespech

      That is getting to be the lamest ridiculous reasoning that any intelligent person is going to accept.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      There's a good chance I'll be buying my wife a gun for Christmas this year. Happy holidays, liberal gun hating flower sniffers!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • chirpie

      I don't blame a gun. But you can't argue with results. This gunman could have done nothing like this had he had a bat or knife.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      A gun's purpose is to kill or severely injure a living being.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Paradise

      Did you ever see a finger shoot down a group of children in seconds?

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

      did you ever see a headline where 20 people, including at least 10 people were killed in one instance where someone used a knife? no, didn't think so.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • gjones71405

      Ive seen it done with an explosive the number was more than 20

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

      You are right but guns are fatal. If there were fewer guns, there would be fewer nut cases perpetrating tragedies like this one. It is simple logic, don't need to be a democrat to understand that.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • why?

      And who gave a gun to the lunatic? You.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Yes I have. A gun can and has fired when dropped and landed on the hammer firing the round.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      Who are you more afraid of (and who could you get away from easier) a maniac with a gun or a maniac with a knife.

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

      Yes I have. When a pistol is dropped and falls on the hammer, it can fire the round striking anything in its path.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike winston

      you total and complete idiot... how else can you kill over 20 kids in minutes if not with a gun??
      you could make a bomb i guess, how many know how to do that
      a gun makes it just so pathetically easy for any cowardly lunatic

      December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • chip0269

      Of the "million kids killed every day by abortion" – too bad you weren't one of them. I suspect you wouldn't be missed.

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

      My dog has better reasoning skills. What a childish argument.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob S

      I agree, we shouldn't blame the gun. Especially in a city where there was much gun regulations, it was illegal. The shooter is at fault.

      What's more sad is that the media is going to turn this man into a celebrity quick... that's probably what the guy wanted.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      how stupid are you?

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

      No u don't. But if he didn't have access to a gun this would have not happened!!! Would he had been able to do this w. a knife .. Idiot!!

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

      JR, you wrote, "Stop blaming the gun, blame the person who pulls the trigger! Did you ever see a gun jump off a table, aim, and shoot itself? I am guessing not."

      No, but I haven't heard of too many people walking into an elementary school – or a mall- and killing 20 people with a knife or a baseball bat, either. If everyone and his/her brother wasn't walking around this country armed more heavily than the average solder, 20 people in Connecticut would be celebrating Christmas year instead of rotting in the ground.

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

      So what's the solution to keep readily available weapons out of the hands of lunatics?
      You won't let us regulate guns, can we regulate lunatics now? Can we get some REAL mental healthcare in this country instead of ignoring them as they wander the streets?!

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


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    • Mike

      And how do you suppose he would have killed all these people without a gun?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cc32

      Did you ever see a bomb jump and go off by itself? Do u make owning bombs legal then by your twisted logic? We need to make it difficult to have access to guns. Period.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Sick pieces of filth like this shooter are always going to find a way to kill. If he didn't have guns he would have used a bomb, knife, car, whatever.
      It's so stupid to blame this on guns but I understand why they are. Most libs are pretty feeble minded and can't wrap their pea brains around anything but a simple solution to every issue.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaju Aykara

      So is it easier to find who are the Lunatics and when some one is going to go crazy so that we can take the gun away from him ? or have a no gun policy for every citizen in country?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mane

      By your stupid argument, we need to start applying sharia law to law enforcement. When someone walks into a store and steals, we cut off the arm he/she stole with. We will not blame the brain, feet or car they travelled in and certainly won't keep a record of the person because the person didn't commit the crime. His hands did.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You are an idiot JR. Of course the gun does not shoot itself but we are arming the lunatics. As long as guns are out there, this will continue to occur. America just doesn't learn its lesson.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Thats a very valid point. I mean, thats exactly why I have been pushing for the government to legalize the sale of plastic explosives and heroine at any convenience store. I mean, these things don't do any harm to society, only the people that abuse them do the harm. Am I right?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      Have you ever heard of one person going into a school, mall, office building, etc and kill twenty people at once? Guns are made for killing.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piglet

      Nope but I bet if that gun was full of water instead of bullets, 18 kids would be able to enjoy Christmas. Anymore DA remarks from ya.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Hey, fool. I agree with blaming the trigger person, but it really doesn't change the fact that around 30 people are dead. Maybe that makes you feel better – not me.

      I'm a gun owner myself, but how many mass killings have you seen involving a nut WITHOUT a gun?

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

      You are an idiot JR, did you ever stop to think that having these readily available so that the people can get these and shoot them is exactly the problem and it takes two.
      you're right, an inantimate object cannot activate itself, but as long as it is readily available to doesn't have to.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam A.

      Bad guys can't shoot scores of people dead, with guns, smart one.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • kcin

      yes but if there were no gun no dead children

      December 14, 2012 at 2:26 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 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • GR

      JR, if the man didn't have a gun to begin with he would've used another weapon. Sociology and human behavior helps us to predict this weapon would most likely be a knife. While knives can obviously kill, too, they more often cause injury instead. Lives would've been saved if gun laws were stricter because knives pose less of a fatal risk.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You also have to blame a society that allows a crazy person to buy guns. sudafed has more regulations than guns. No one should be able to buy that many guns and that much ammunition.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • WillyT

      You are right that this evil animal would have done harm. However, if there wasn't a gun.....some of these folks would have survived.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      "Did you ever see a gun jump off a table, aim, and shoot itself?"

      The quality of your reasoning is so bad that I am thinking the root cause of this tragedy does not stop at the Party of Hell No and a lack of reasonable gun control, but rather it is one layer of the onion deeper, a lack of ability to practice critical thinking – stupidity in otherwords. Maybe a high school class in critical thinking should be mandatory for every graduate as an inoculation against the disease of brain-dead stupidity you are crippled by.

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

      what a moron – the same old argument always. guns don't kill but make it so much easier to kill. its so easy to get a gun and so easy to kill so many people (and kids) without much emotion (like some video game) and in a short time period. I really wish someone shoots you. This is no joke – this is what happens in 3rd world countries with no law and order

      December 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikial

      White genocide, plain and simple.

      Yes Americans need to wake up, but from which dream into what reality? Those children were innocence, stolen from life to push an agenda. Look around, what you see and will react to for the next few months will leave you totally surprised when you hear the 'big' news.

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

      JR – Thats the dumbest response and parroting I have ever heard. Perhaps you should be the person sent to console the grieving parents with your brain dead logic. You must be one of those people who supports invading countries with WMDs cause again, WMDs dont kill people, its nations that do. So go bomb the hell out of them.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Did you ever see a person kill 30 people in 30 seconds without a gun?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      Good point!

      December 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • kg


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    • Damon

      The problem was not the gun, it was the fact that a child killer has one. What if it was your children or grandchildren getting killed?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • vishal

      No I havent seen gun jumping of the table...butcan you find out and seen any action on the gun got in to lunatics are not getting point when people say gun control....I pity you

      December 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Father of two

      Please, stop! That's a really bad argument.

      People *with guns* kill people.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sk23

      how can one not blame the gun. would u feel better being in a room with an angry person or in a room with an angry person with a gun?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      The argument "don't blame the gun, blame the person" is invalid; imagine what would have happened if he couldn't get a gun due to a failed background check; maybe he'd go in there with a knife, or maybe a sword. How many people would have died before someone stopped him? Maybe 2 or 3. Not 30.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • riz

      @marie please dont get offended but how in the hell you can justify people buying guns in a civilized societ, i mean what are you supposed to do with them, kill people right whether good or bad doesnt count, those weapons are made to kill humans period. now we have police then why cant everyone have gun and defend themselves, get rid of courts also and lets head back to the stone age.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Daecher

      The only way to stop all this gun violence is for everyone to sue the NRA for everything they got and put The NRA out of Business. This is not the country our founders expected.

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

      Did you ever see a man without a gun jump up and shoot someone.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Batman

      Make guns harder to get, means less guns out there, means less deaths. You want more deaths or what?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Why dont we make bazookas,rocket launchers, missiles, Nuclear weapons legal as according to you these weapons dont kill people!!! The sad part is in US some people will not change unless one of their dear ones gets killed!!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ms. jan

      Yes, that is true, however, if guns were not so easily accessable, people would not be able to use them so irresponsibly. Especially those who have issues and this kind of tragedy would happen less.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenna

      you could have starred in "dumb and Dumber"

      December 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • icy


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    • jon

      And have you ever heard of a crazy person pelting 30 people to death with rocks? Sticking your head in the sand and trying to pretend that guns are not at least a variable in the equation is stupid, ignorant and dangerous...

      December 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      So riddle me this, how do we keep the guns you guys won't let us regulate out of the hands of lunatics?!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      No gun, no trigger, no person to shoot.

      It's that simple!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      Chris Rock has the best solution. Just make every bullet cost $5000 and you'll see the senseless killing stop.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph of Jerusalem

      Yes they provoke unstable minds. It is a mixture...and no one can is a grey area.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.

      For everyone who is repeating the inane "guns don't kill people, people kill people" statement – please answer these two questions.

      If you pull a gun in a crowded place and start shooting, how many people will you kill?

      If you pull a knife in a crowded place and start stabbing, how many people will you kill?

      Guns don't kill people. They just make it easy for murderers to kill many people efficiently.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • urami11

      Keep telling yourself's not the gun, it's the person and then don't wonder why this happened again.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR's new Friend

      JR, ur an idiot!! Unbelievable!! I'm guessing you have a gun a got it from a gum ball machine somewhere in the south. Let's hope that gum ball machine screened you for mental illness!!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      Can we at least agree that psychopaths with guns are more deadly than psychopaths without them? In china a guy with a knife injured 20 in a school, no reported deaths so far. Here we have close to 30 deaths.

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

      Take a lunatic. Give him a knife. See what he can do with it.

      Now give him a gun. A pistol.

      Civilians can defend themselves from a knife. A bullet? Kind of hard to block.

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

      II think the media is going al little bonkers over Obamas "tear".
      Can you imagine the parents grief.........
      II personally cannot imagine, my son was missing for 5 days, i went crazy with what-if's.
      He was fine, but those days were unbearable..........AND NOT PERMANENT.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You are a disgrace

      December 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anish

      Blame the shooter who is dead and get over with it? Let's wait for another such event, blame the shooter again and wait even more! How many innocent lives should we sacrifice?

      If guns cannot be banned, ban each and every person who has gun from any public places because that person has a weapon which he or she can use to kill innocent folks!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • FK

      "Stop blaming the gun, blame the person who pulls the trigger! Did you ever see a gun jump off a table, aim, and shoot itself? I am guessing not." REALLY!!!
      How about we make WMDs. Chemical weapons, and NUKEs open for all too? After all they can't act on themselves, therefore they should easily available too.!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Guns are designed to kill. People use guns to kill. I have never been threatened by Raman noodles. Are you following me?

      December 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Have you ever seen someone commit a tragedy like this without using guns? I am guessing not. It is the easy access to guns that is the problem.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      the world is overpopulated anyways

      December 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • chacha

      But wouldn't it be so much better if those 'people' didn't have access to guns. No, it's the American Way, you yell. Yeah, we all know it's really about mental health, and we know that this society, this culture is mentally ill. Yes, it is the system causes this craziness. But let's take away the guns, and have less tragedy. It won't get rid of it all, but it will help a lot.
      People with guns look for trouble – it makes them be someone they are not.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dinesh

      you sick of your gun laws yet??????? Im sure the gun supportes will have the same speil "its not guns that kill people bla bla bla"

      December 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      So you support North Korea and Iran and Somalia having nuclear weapons sitting around?

      By that logic you do. Oh boy indeed. You're exasperated. 40 parents may never smile again.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • FunkyB

      We spend trillions defending the 3rd world, yet our our kids are dying....

      December 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • strangways

      the problem is the easy access to guns and the sheer number of them – over 310 MILLION guns. this conversation comes up after every tragedy and the NRA shouts everyone else down... so here we are again.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Why Why

      If the assault rifle he used wasnt for sale at WalMart, do you think he would have the resources to buy it black market from an arms dealer?

      December 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NR

      Have you seen a person killing that many people without a gun or a bomb?

      December 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • HIM

      You are exactly right. Stop this stupidity before it is too late. They always have the same argument, gun don't kill the poeple, people kill the people. What about Nuclear weapons, why we are behind Iran and N. Korea. Bomb don't kill the people, let them have those and have fun....Wake up. Ask those unfortunate parents and family members, what type of pain they have to carry all their life...

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

      Without a gun, a person is not going to be able to pull the trigger.

      When the Second Amendment was passed, there were muskets. If we want to follow it to the letter, then no gun more powerful than a musket should be allowed. If you want to practice with semi-auto guns, join the military or better yet, go to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. They're your bedfellows. They carry guns. For you guys, it's a free country in the truest sense. Wild west.

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

      I get the whole "guns don't kill people" argument, but you realize that while guns don't kill people, they definitely make it easier for someone to kill a large nubmer of people. You can't kill 26 people with a knife, but you can with a semi automatic.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Conrad

      JR, when it's not socially acceptable to own a gun, fewer will be around, and fewer of the nutcases will have access to them. We need to change the thinking in our society. You're right, guns don't to kill people. But people who have ready access to any tool can misuse it. Guns unfortunately are a devastatingly effective tool.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2tired2care

      I partly blame you for your continued ignorance and arrogance. Too bad it wasn't your kid who died.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TOTANL

      You need Gun Control & Prevention. Ever heard of people owning guns with the same intention? Shoot to Kill. What?? Guns are for you to shoot non living things?? Don't kid me. In most civilized developed countries, only Law Enforcement/Military/Firing Ranges can have guns. Why cant we be like those civilized developed countries? Dont talk to me about Mexico or Middle East, we are already near the same standard as them.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      It's hard to kill 26 people without a gun.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      Sure, nukes don't kill people on its own, Let us allow Iran to develop nukes. Stupid logic.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      If he did not have the gun, sir, how could he kill so many children?

      December 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schtigglets Nunyez

      More NRA mass shooter supporting nutjob logic.....get a grip!

      December 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thepacific

      I agree. We should not stop Iran from Nuke. Nuke never kills. People kill.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianK

      Hey JR- the crazy guy in China who attacked a scho today was unable to kill even one person because he could only get a knife. The crazy here in the US got multiple guns and killed 26. Bit guns don't kill people. Keep believing that you nutjobs.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyD

      Failed argument...Guns kill-end of story. If a killer has no access to them, then he can't use one to kill. Seriously what good are they for? To protect you from the government? Guess those buying guns for that reason don't realize that the government has nukes and tanks- so really that’s a lame argument.
      There are little to no help for those with mental illness these days. We all have created this environment with tax cuts for the wealthy while gutting social programs, such as mental health programs. Add guns to the mix and this is what you get- period!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • PawPaw

      Totally agree... the gun didn't make the decision... the evil monster did!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • coby

      JR – Hope you don't leave your guns on the table??????

      December 15, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • CS

      Here we go again ..indeed. You Americans have and endless tolerance for gun violence.

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

      Prayers go out to all mankind. Have seen the reports that have now come our stating there was no rifle used. It was apparently a Sig and a Glock. Both standard issue styles used by most law enforcement and some military.

      December 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stevee

    wrong josh.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jays

    This is terrible, hopefully no one was injured. My heart goes out to all those kids, teachers, and families.

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

      Same old same old, this is an America Duh?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cheryl W.

    The media has got to tone down the reporting of these shooting incidents. Every nut in town wants to be famous. Copy cats all over the place.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. bubba's cousin

    3 ambulance went in and left (CBS reports, I think) still nothing reported on any possible injuries

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