Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7
December 15th, 2012
07:54 PM ET

Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7

    • 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
    • Law enforcement officials say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy, at her Newtown home before going to the school
    • Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old
    • Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting

[Updated at 7:54 p.m. ET] Peter Lanza, father of alleged gunman Adam Lanza, released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of victims.

"Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can," said the statement.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama will go to Newtown on Sunday to meet with victims' families and first responders in the evening, the White House says.

He'll also speak at an interfaith vigil for the school's families. The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

[Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET] People are gathered outside Stratford (Connecticut) High School, for a vigil in honor of Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher who was slain in Newtown.

Soto graduated from the Stratford high school in 2003.

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Earlier reports that the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Lanza being involved in any altercations at the school.

[Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET] Nancy Lanza’s brother James Champion, a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire, didn’t deliver a statement as expected. Instead, the sheriff of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, delivered a statement on the Champion family’s behalf:

“The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and the nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss: their families, teachers, staff and the students of Sandy Brook Elementary school, the first responders, and to all others touched by this tragedy. On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings, we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many.

“The family requests that you respect their privacy during his time of anguish and loss.”

The chief of police in Kingston, New Hampshire, said that Nancy Lanza lived in Kingston for a good part of her life and was a "very, very kind, considerate, loving young lady."

"She was very involved in the community and very well respected."

[Updated at 5:51 p.m. ET] An uncle of suspect Adam Lanza, is expected to address reporters in the next few minutes in New Hampshire.

The uncle is brother of Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza. Law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza killed Nancy Lanza in her Newtown home before the shootings at the school.

[Updated at 5:39 p.m. ET] Here are the names of those killed at the school, as provided by state police. is publishing the full names of children only when parents have spoken publicly:

Charlotte, 6; Daniel, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia, 6; Josephine, 7; Ana, 6; Dylan, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Madeleine, 6; Catherine, 6; Chase, 7; Jesse, 6; James, 6; Grace, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack, 6; Noah, 6; Caroline, 6; Jessica, 6; Avielle, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin, 6; Allison, 6.

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] In a tearful talk with reporters, Robbie Parker, the 30-year-old father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker, who died in the shooting, said she was an exceptional artist who delighted in making cards and drawing pictures for people who needed an emotional lift.

"She always had a kind thing to say about everybody," he said. "I'm so blessed to be her dad."

He was teaching her Portuguese, and the last conversation he had with her - on Friday morning - was in that language, he said.

"She told me 'good morning' and asked how I was doing, and I said I was doing well," he said. Emilie told him she loved him, and they kissed before they left the home Friday morning, he said.

[Updated at 5:33 p.m. ET] Robbie Parker, the father of one of the victims - a 6-year-old girl - told reporters that she was "always smiling" and would, if she were alive, be one of the first people offering comfort to the relatives of the victims.

He thanked everyone who was offering condolences, and he offered his own to others who are suffering - including the family of the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza.

"I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be to you," Parker said, referring to the Lanza family.

He said his 6-year-old daughter was the "best friend" to her two younger sisters, and was teaching one of them to read.

"They looked to her when they needed comfort," Parker said. "Usually that's saved for a mom and a dad, but it was sweet to see ... how they would run to (her) for support and hugs and kisses.”

[Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET] "There will be time soon for a discussion of public policy issues surrounding yesterday’s events," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a televised address, "but what’s important right now is love, courage, and compassion."

"Love," he said, "as it has poured in from around the world.

"Courage, as it was demonstrated by the teachers and other adults in the school building, whose actions no doubt saved lives.

"Courage on display, as it always is, by all our first responders.

"Compassion, as shown by people around Connecticut who’ve arrived in Newtown wanting only to help."

[Updated at 4:39 p.m. ET] All of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old, according to information released by state police. There were 12 girl victims; eight boys. All of the adults killed were women.

[Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET] The victims at the school ranged in age from 6 to 56, according to information released by state police.

Eighteen of the victims at the school were described as female; eight were male. Twenty-six people died at the school, excluding the gunman. Twenty were children; six were adults.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] More on what the state's chief medical examiner told reporters minutes ago in Newtown: He said the "long weapon" was used in the shooting, and that the weapon caused all of the wounds that he knew of.

He didn't say what that weapon was, but a law enforcement source has previously said that the gunman was found dead with next to three guns: a semi-automatic .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and two pistols made by Glock and Sig Sauer.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, said he personally did postmortem examinations of seven victims' bodies.

“All the wounds that I know of at this point were caused by the one weapon,” Carver said.

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] State police have released a list of those killed. More on that to come.

[Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET] The state's chief medical examiner says he believes all of the victims were shot more than once.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, speaking at a news conference in Newtown, said that all of the victims died of gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was homicide. The seven bodies he examined personally had three to 11 wounds each, he said.

“I believe everyone was hit more than once,” Carver said.

Postmortem examinations have been performed on all of the children; examinations of most of the adult bodies will be finished by this evening, Carver said.

Examinations of the bodies of Adam Lanza and his mother will be performed Sunday, Carver said. Lanza died at the school; his mother was killed at her home in Newtown, authorities have said.

Police said a list of the victims' names would soon be published.

[Updated at 3:26 p.m. ET] Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau, both teachers at the school, are among the dead, according to friends and family members.

Earlier, CNN reported that princial Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were among the killed.

Although authorities have identified all of those killed, they have yet to release a formal list of names.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] Investigators say they believe Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun at Dick's Sporting Goods in Danbury on Tuesday, but was unsuccessful, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Employees at the store - some 12 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary - have been interviewed and have searched the store's surveillance cameras for evidence that Lanza had been there.

Also, a second law enforcement source has said that Lanza was involved in some kind of trouble at the school earlier this week. The source said the altercation was between Lanza and four adults, and occurred Thursday, the day before the shooting.

Three of those adults, the source added, were killed during Friday's shooting.

The source was unable to say whether the disagreement took place inside or outside the school, but said that it apparently had something to do with him trying to enter the school.

(Update, 6:22 p.m. ET - Reports that Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. Also, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Vance being involved in any altercations at the school.)

[Updated at 1:36 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to make a live, televised statement about the shooting, addressed to Connecticut residents, at 5 p.m.

[Updated at 1:12 p.m. ET] Investigators have been told that Adam Lanza had some sort of altercation with some people at the school a few days before the shooting, a law enforcement official told CNN's Carol Cratty. The official did not know the nature of the altercation or who was involved in it with Lanza.

[Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET] Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun in the area Tuesday before the shooting, a law enforcement source said, according to CNN's Susan Candiotti.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it is contacting shooting ranges and gun stores in the area to try to establish whether Lanza sought to purchase guns or practice using them.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] The gunman had access to more guns than the three found at the elementary school, a law enforcement source told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Police recovered three additional guns elsewhere. They are a .45-caliber Henry repeating rifle, a .22-caliber Marlin rifle, and a .30-caliber Enfield rifle, the source said.

[Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET] The victims have been positively identified by the chief state medical examiner, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said in a press conference Saturday morning. The medical examiner is expected to release their names and birth dates in the next few hours.

It appears that the assailant "forced his way into the school," Vance said. Detectives continue to investigate the crime scene and will remain there for at least another day or two, Vance said. So far, investigators looking for a motive have found "some very good evidence," that will help them paint a complete picture of how and why this happened, he said.

The home of a woman believed to be the gunman's mother is also being investigated. After killing his mother, investigators believe the gunman took her guns and made his way to the elementary school.

Help for victims of Sandy Hook shooting

[Updated at 10:13 a.m. ET] The victims' bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner, where a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine manner and cause of death, the Connecticut State Police said in press release.

[Updated at 10 a.m. ET] Friday's shooting has sparked passionate nation conversation on a variety of issues, from school safety and gun control to mental health treatment. In a heated discussion, CNN's Piers Morgan and guests debate the need for stricter gun control laws in America.

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting may have had access to at least five guns, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

Three weapons were recovered from the school on Friday: a semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle made by Bushmaster found in a car in the school parking lot, and two pistols made by Glock and a Sig Sauer found with suspected gunman Adam Lanza's body, a law enforcement source said previously.

[Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET] Pope Benedict XVI expressed "his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families and all to affected" by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in a letter to the Diocese of Bridgeport Administrator Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle.

[Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET] Father William Hamilton, a volunteer chaplain for 30 years with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in New England said the Connecticut school shootings is the worse thing he's seen in his years counseling responders and victims’ families. “It’s beyond the scope of imagination. Parents are not supposed to have to bury their children," Hamilton told CNN. "This is the Christmas season. This season will never ever be the same for these families. It will over time perhaps get better, but it will always be a part of their history.”

[Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET]  A  family member of suspected shooter Adam Lanza told investigators that he had a form of autism, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

[Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET]  Despite earlier reports that said she was a teacher, Nancy Lanza, the suspect's mother, was not a teacher at the school where the killings took place, said Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Not much is known about the suspect's mother or the suspect Adam Lanza.  In September 2009 - when Adam Lanza was 17 - his mother and father divorced, court documents show. What happened after that for him, what caused the shootings that has shocked the nation, isn't clear.

[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.’”

soundoff (1,251 Responses)
  1. ted7117

    It is ABSOLUTELY the right time and place for a debate about gun control! Actually, no I'm wrong – that time has long since passed. As a father of two young children, this f'd up event scares the living daylights out of me and I want to explore EVERY single possible way that we can avoid it ever happening again. Is gun control the answer? I personally think so, but it may not be. However, it is part of the equation and you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself for not putting aside your own stubborn viewpoint and having an actual discussion and debate about ways to solve these tragedies. As I see it, what we have now isn't working...

    December 15, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • TD

      The shooter did not go and purchase his own guns. Under the current purchase laws he would have been unable to pass the backround check. The sad, and I'm sure unpopular truth is this. The person responsible for this sad tragic shooting is the shooter's mother. The guns that were used were her guns. Her neglagence allowed this to happen. Gun owners are responsible for the safe storage of their weapons. The fact that her guns were accessable by her son makes her as guilty as him. Banning semi-auto rifles and handguns will do nothing to prevent this.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • berklife

      Ignorance like you show perhaps is the biggest problem. Go get an education and learn how to spell. I'm guessing you live in a red state.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potmeetkettlewellpapers

      So guns had NOTHING to do with this?! Clearly you're the mentally ill we are talking about. If the mother didn't have 3 guns (what the heck does one need with 3 guns anyway) this wouldn't have happened. So just because he didn't purchase them doesn't mean there is no argument for figuring out how to make us safer from these loose guns the NRA are having you nuts stockpile

      December 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • earl

      If just 1 teacher had a gun?????????????

      December 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Banning guns would be foolish. Criminals aren't going to follow the law no matter what, so if we ban guns, the criminals will still have them, but the responsible people who could stop criminals would not. If I'm ever in a situation with a crazed shooter, I hope that one of the people near me is a trained, responsible and alert gun owner with a concealed carry permit so he or she can stop the crazed shooter before dozens of people are killed.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potmeetkettlewellpapers

      Me, you referenced criminals not following the law are the ones from which we need 3 guns to protect us? I didn't realize the murderer had a record. Obviously you are privy to some new unreleased info...or maybe some new technology that stops the bullet from leaving the chamber if the shooter id anyone other than a criminal? Do please enlighten us!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sue1965

      It seems to me having someone in the school armed would have been a much better solution. Had the principal had the ability and the tool to shoot this madman, he wouldn't have been able to go down the hall to shoot children. This guy stole guns, the madmen will get guns no matter what and they will do what they plan to do. If those of us who are not mentally off were prepared to take care of others, much of this would stop. Instead of calling for gun control, go to a range, rent a gun and practice so that you can protect your family.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan Esposito

      This whole incident took less then 2:00 minutes. Having an armed guard would have worked only if the Guard was right there. Nobody wants to take your rifle or pistol. We do want it to be really hard or impossible to have an assault rifle. I and every other reasonable person is tired of NRA supporters saying it impossible to do so why try? The Status quo is not working.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue Gavin

      some teachers, nurses, people that work for a living have mental issues. Some are bipolar, take medicine and function just fine. But let's say a teacher has a bad day and has a gun in his/her desk. How many children would die? You really think the answer is more guns??

      December 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      Exactly. The gun lobby always try's to put off discussion she these events occur. Time and apathy are what they are counting on.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlphaMaryYankee

      Instead of trying to place controls on guns why don't you consider that people in general place more emphasis on securing goods, and their money in a bank than they do on the safety of their children. Weapons are necessary for defense. There will always be those with us that lack the empathy necessary to have any regard for another human life. If you take away my ability to protect my family and put me in a position where my only recourse is to wait until law enforcement arrives, after the fact, then I'd probably not be able to summon help. Weapons in the right hands protect and defend. In the wrong hands they are dangerous. But, are you to decide for me that I cannot have the right to protect and defend myself? I value my life and the lives of my family more than your comfort zone with the world. I don't mean to be offensive...but that is the fact.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackson

      Exactly.... the cops. Always come too late to save anyone..... they don't need guns

      Cops only need PENS to write the report.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackson

      Cops are always too late...
      The cops only need A Pen to write the report.
      But im sure they want their guns to protect '"THEMSELVES"

      December 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackson

      Guns have been around for 150 yrs.. these senseless shootings are new phenomenon. Its a socio-cultural problem. The result of a lethal combimation of mainstream liberalism... in every aspect of our culture.

      Gun control is a knee jerk reaction.

      And some will try to use this to advance their agenda about guns.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackson

      Guns have been around for 150yrs
      These mass shootings are a recent phenomenon.

      Its a socio- cultural issue Not guns.

      But of course some will use this as an opportinity

      December 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Everybody is ignoring the real issue . . . that the children were unarmed, untrained, and unprepared. The 2nd amendment is a great idea, but we need to adapt it to today's world. We don't need to defend ourselves against the government, but against crazed terrorists. Each and every one of those students should have been trained in how to use a firearm and should have been REQUIRED to carry a weapon for situations such as this. With all the video games kids play today, they are better equipped to handle firearms than most adults. Seriously.

      December 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You can't just hold the gun man to blame alone, society as a whole is at fault . . . each and every one of us. It takes a village to create a monster.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve p

    When is the right time?

    December 15, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marguerite

    Um... now is exactly the time for a debate about gun control.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. trixy

    BROKEN HOME. BROKEN KIDS. Parents that spend more time on their careers than their children. Why do they have them? If you want to have everything and are willing to work for it, leave children out of the mix. Because there is NO such thing as having everything. You may think you do but it will bite you in the behind at some point and you will realize when your old that your kids are going to forget about alllll the stuff you gave them and are going to remember the TIME you didn't spend with them.

    This guy attacked the school because he saw the school as the thing that perhaps took his mothers time from him. When parents don't have time for their children, the SCHOOL becomes their home, their safe place, their family. It's the only place with structure, and if your lucky, teachers that show you love and time. Something MOTHERS are supposed to be doing. He attacked the only place he felt close to, in anger. Parents and siblings should be the closet thing to a child but this kid didn't have that. He related his angst on the school because of his parents, or lack there of.

    This is WHY we have had so many tragedies like this. I'm a mom and I have to say, If you plan on having a career, take the first 5 or 6 years off before you leave your kids to ANYONE ELSE. Doc's say that a childs personality develops in that time. If a kid is going to take after anyone, it should be a parent, not a grandparent or some illegal alien! I call these kids "DAYCARE DRONES" children with NO personality. More importantly, let's stop with the gun control stuff. FEEL GOOD LEGISLATION is not what we need. We need PARENTS, DAMN IT. 2 PARENTS. They need to put their children first by showing them love, giving them time and teaching them manners and right from wrong. Guns don't kill people. Kids raised in broken homes do.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • fe

      you seem disturbed, yourself. perhaps you need to speak to someone in the counseling field about your feelings about this because you are projecting your own issues on this event.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      trixy...I think you need to reread the summary above. It was stated that his mother did NOT work at the school. So the motivation for committing such a heinous offense to humanity would not likely have been that the school took his mother's time away from him. I do however agree with you on your stance regarding raising children. I had the good fortune of growing up in a small town in the Midwest, with two parents, and a lot of guns in the house. My father and I went hunting every fall, as often as we had time for. I am not a gun nut, I live in a city now, I own a handgun for personal and home defense, and I have not had the inclination to do anything criminal with it. My parents were wonderful, they took time out for my sisters and me, and I believe that is has been that foundation of guidance and socialization which has provided me the basis for all else that I do. Lastly, I agree 100% that gun control legislation in not the answer. Guns are simply a tool that criminals use to commit crimes. Hammers and screwdrivers are popular weapons used also, but they can be used for good in the right hands. Baseball bats are common as well, but I can't recall the last time I read about a baseball player going on a murderous rampage with a bat. Guns are tools for accomplishing a task, their intended use may seem a bit more sinister, but ask any soldier that is deployed about the tools that keep him alive, and you can guess what his answer would be. The number of young men and women that have access to guns, that do not go on shooting rampages is much, much greater than the number that do. Legislation is not the answer.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mr B

    50 Years ago there were plenty of guns in this country and there were not any Major School Shootings. The difference today is we continue to make attempts to help Very Mentally Disturbed individuals by medicating them while keeping them in the public. 50 years ago, very sick people were hospitalized and locked away. Im sure it will come out later that the shooter had severe mental issues, obvisously. But why do we continue to keep these people in the public forum.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • VG

      Describe very sick people....

      December 15, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Robble

      Mr.B: 50 years ago we did not have weapon that would discharge 100 bullets at the push of a single button. THAT is why this happened. This man might have killed 4-6 people and then had to reload, at which time he would have been subdued.

      The problem is weaponry, gun culture and NOTHING else!

      December 15, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Robble: Yes, we did have guns that shot 100 bullets at the push of a button. They were very popular with the army as far back as WW I. Fact Check.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      VG, the "sick" people are those who have no soul. People who have never fallen down. People who have never got back up when they fell down. These are the "sick" people. I would say that 99% of the planet falls into the category of not being a man.

      If your not a man. Your a sicko who might have a higher chance than a man at becoming a murderer. Not saying that normal people don't have bad days... I'm sure there's some IRS people I'm not so happy with and I do have some choice words and possibly some fists to throw. It's just my educated opinion VG... I could be dead wrong.

      December 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anonymous

    I disagree with many people on here that the news is trying to paint a bad picture of Autistic people, or that it was the sole cause. As the Husband of a woman who works directly with autistic children, I know quite well that Autism wasn't the clear cause, but it does remain to be seen how someone who may or may not be "on the spectrum" had such easy access to deadly weapons.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris C

    I completely agree with Joe D's comment. report the facts and do your job. Ease off on the emotional subjective opinion. Gun control is not the answer. It's a band aid on the real issue just like all the other band aids we put on things like the economy, and healthcare, etc. Guns DONT kill people. PEOPLE kil people. And its beyond tragic that the BEHAVIOR goes unnoticed and unrectified. I am a parent. I can't imagine dealing with this kind of loss and I am personally reeling and shattered over this tragedy. But, let's paint a real picture if we are going to solve the problem.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexander Alekhine

      Actually, Chris, guns do kill people. Guns kill a lot of people. If not for guns, all those little kids and their teachers would be alive now. Did you read the news story? Perhaps you missed the part about guns.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • NRAtoblame

      The saddest part of what you said is that you're a parent. Please don't procreate any further, you're too st u pid to have children and raise them with such knaive beliefs

      December 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Then you too are drenched in the blood of innocents.

      December 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potmeetkettlewellpapers

      Yea and people kill people using guns! When I was younger, I went to buy a gun for "protection". Then the guy behind the counter lowered his voice as he explained how to use it and asked me why? I said to carry and because I live alone and in case someone comes in on me. He said then what? I said that i will go and get my gun. He said that if I have time to do that, I will probably have time to get out or get away. He wasnt a good salesman, but he was looking out for a young person. He made me think, and I decided that it wasnt the right choice for me. Others will have differing choices for themselves when they ask why. But whatever the conclusion, we know that what we are doing right now is not working for anyone but the NRA and the gun industry.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      Mental issues alone cannot cause such massaces with such alarming frequency....automatic guns do. There are mental issues in all countries, but people dont have access to mass killer weapons in those countries...only in US they have such easy access. Wake up and face the reality. BAN WEAPONS for all civilians and avoid such repeated miseries....

      December 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue Gavin

      guns can not pull their own trigger A person must pull the trigger for the gun to fire. So, yes people DO KILL people. We need something far better then gun control at this point. No more guns. Period!

      December 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris C

    Not to mention her arguement holds no water whatsoever.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |

    I PROPOSE A $100+ TAX PER BULLET, except at shooting ranges – where a person could purchase x number of bullets at todays prices and either expend all the bullets purchased or turn in the unspent ones. Hunters with a valid license could purchase (say 10) bullets per hunting season at current prices.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      You clearly have never been hunting before. Or at least not for anything like waterfowl or upland birds. And I seriously doubt that most people on this forum could hit a running deer at 75 yards with fewer than 7 shots unless they got lucky...I understand the idea, but further brainstorming might be required.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. mddong

    Q: What do "a form of autism" and 007 have in common?
    A: A license to kill.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Haifa Almousa

    I am a mother of two from Kuwait and I feel that the kids who had been killed are my kids I feel sad and angry at the same time.School for all mothers is the safest place for a kid to be in,so it is not expected nor it is accepted for such trauma to happen.All the people of united state should unify against possetions of guns this should never happen again.I wish I can do something my self to stop that.
    My heart goes for the parents who lost their loved ones.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. trixy

    a little proof... a friends child was just arrested, again. But they have a beautiful home, vacations, facials, massages, mani pedis, a selection of expensive purses that you could open a store with, every electronic technology on the market, and she and her husband are never home. NEVER. but they BUY the kids everything. They have everything but time. and there you have it.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Suzette

    I agree Bea- I have a son with Asperger's and its not right to speculate; clearly the shooter had a co-morbid diagnosis.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Terry

    I don't believe it is the illness that should be blamed.

    Blame the NRA. They say Americans would be safer if they had more guns. The killer's mother had two pistols and a semi-automatic rifle in her house. Did they make her safer? No, she is dead because she kept guns in her house. Her son is dead because she kept guns in her house. 6 adults are dead because she kept guns in her house. 20 children are dead because she kept guns in her house.

    It wouldn't be shocking if it turned out she was a member of the NRA.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • YES NO

      Your a drone a tool a sheep

      December 15, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • EdD

      Breivik kills 77 in Norway
      Gadyrov kills 12 in Azerbaijan
      Saari kills 10 in Finland
      Auvinen kills 8 in Finland
      Steinhaeuser kills 13 in Germany
      Bryant kills 35 in Australia
      Hamilton kills 17 in Scotland

      No NRA in those places.....blame who?

      December 15, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Kraig Nelson

      How about we blame the individual? I know it's a crazy idea to make someone accountable for thier actions. They are all dead because he shot them all. Not for any other reason. Not because of some phantom disorder or because his mother didn't love him or anything else. He picked up guns and shot people. Period.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      I wish the crazy Adam went to your house so you could talk rationally with him before he went to the school, I'm sure things would have worked out well for you.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. YES NO

    Gun regulation? Not the problem. People are killed by knives all the time and plenty other ways. You all need someone else to protect you. Be good sheep and beg for your safety.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |

      But it is hard to kill 26 people all at once with a knife.

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