December 16th, 2012
10:27 PM ET

'These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change'

  • President heads list of dignitaries and local clergy members offering comfort to the people of Newtown, Connecticut
  • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning
  • Police: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman, died from multiple gunshot wounds
  • Gunman Adam Lanza had assault rifle magazines that held 30 bullets each, police said
  • Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old
  • Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting
  • Soledad O'Brien will be live from Newtown, Connecticut, with advice and insight from Deepak Chopra and from people who have been through other shootings. Watch Starting Point, live at 6 a.m. ET Monday.

[Update 10:27 p.m. ET] Christina Hassinger, 30, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary Principal Dawn Hochsprung, sent out this tweet after meeting with President Obama before the prayer vigil.


[Updated 9:39 p.m.] A long silence followed the conclusion of President Obama's remarks before the audience began to applaud. The president walked off the stage to return to the floor, but a woman stopped him, turned him around and sent him back up the stairs to the stage. He stopped and waved briefly to the still-applauding crowd before exiting backstage.

The Rev. Bob Weiss, pastor of Newtown's St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, then offered a prayer for the community's resilience in the times to come.

The Rev. Rob Morris, vicar of King Lutheran Church, gave a benediction before asking the audience to remain in the auditorium, comforting one another, at least until word came that the president had safely exited the school campus.

Read the full text of Obama's speech here.

[Updated at 9:13 p.m. ET] The president recalled a saying that having children is "like walking around with your heart outside your body" before pausing a moment to wipe a tear from his left eye.

"This job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together," he told the hushed audience. "This is our first task: taking care of our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right."

He then asked whether "we as a nation" are meeting that obligation.

"The answer is no, and we will have to change," he said.

Obama said this was the fourth mass shooting during his presidency, and there were countless other acts of gun violence on a smaller scale.

"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change."

[Updated at 9:02 p.m. ET] Saying "we can't accept events like this as routine," President Barack Obama said Sunday he'll use whatever power he has to prevent more tragedies like what happened Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. "Surely we can do better than this," the president said.

[Updated at 8:52 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is speaking to the crowd, which is remaining almost completely silent.

"We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults," he said. "... I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation."

He assured the people of Newtown that the entire nation felt the loss.

"Our world too has been torn apart. All across this land of ours we have wept with you. We have pulled our children tight. ... Newtown, you are not alone."

[Updated at 8:37 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy spoke briefly, saying "We will get better," before introducing President Barack Obama.

[Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET] Newtown First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra said Friday's mass murder was "a defining moment," but it would not itself define Newtown. "We are defined by acts of courage, by love and by our continuing love for our children and families," she said.

[Updated at 8:25 p.m. ET] John Woodall, leader of the local Baha'i community, described "a burning grief" that accompanies the loss of a child, a loss that is "beyond the depth of human endurance." However, he said the sacred scripture of the Baha'i faith offers this admonishment: "Be thou not disconsolate. Do not languish. Do not sigh and weep. For agitatation and mourning affect the soul - the divine soul in the eternal realm."

Leo McIlrath, ecumenical chaplain of the Lutheran Home of Southbury, Connecticut, offered a prayer for the counselors, clergy and caregivers who are trying to comfort the bereaved.

[Updated at 8:16 p.m. ET] A young boy named Jason Graves sang a Muslim chant before Muadh Bhavnagarwala with Newtown's  Al Hedaya Islamic Center offered a one-minute homily. "Verily, with every difficulty there is ease," Bhavnagarwala said, quoting from the Quran in a quavering voice.

Jane Sibley, minister of visitation and spiritual growth, Newtown United Methodist Church, offered a prayer for first responders.

[Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET] Rabbi Shaul Praver, rabbi of Congregation Adathi in Newtown, sang the traditional Hebrew memorial prayer. The Rev. Mel Kawakami, senior minister of Newtown United Methodist Church, stood by his side, wearing a white surplice embroidered with colorful butterflies.

"There is no death, just transformation. May they rest in peace," Praver said.

Kawakami offered a prayer for the dead and the grieving, "for we are all a family as children of God," he said. "We embrace the grieving as our own. Bring us together in peace and amity."

[Updated at 7:49 p.m. ET] President Obama has entered the auditorium to brief, polite applause and quickly taken a seat on the main floor. The Rev. Matt Crebbin, senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church, is opening the prayer vigil with welcoming remarks.

[Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET] Attendees at the prayer vigil rose to give first responders - paramedics, police officers, firefighters and others - a long standing ovation when they entered the auditorium.

[Updated at 7:07 p.m. ET] The start of the interfaith prayer vigil is delayed as President Obama continues to meet with first responders and families of victims behind closed doors. Sources at Newtown High School say 900 people are in the auditorium for the service, with 1,300 others in the gymnasium overflow.

[Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET] Connecticut's retiring U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Sen.-elect Christopher Murphy are circulating through the Newtown High School Auditorium and speaking with townsfolk assembling there for this evening's prayer vigil.

[Updated at 5:47 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is meeting with the families of victims and with first responders before this evening's prayer vigil at Newtown High School.

[Updated at 4:03 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has just landed in Connecticut where he will meet with family members and first responders.  Obama will then attend an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut.

[Updated at 3:47 p.m. ET] Adam Lanza was identified for the first time by Connecticut State Police as the gunman in Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lt. J. Paul Vance said that Lanza died as a result of suicide using a handgun. Vance added that Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, died as a result of "multiple gunshot wounds" in her home.

Vance also told reporters that Adam Lanza used the Bushmaster AR-15 "assault-type weapon" most of the time at the school.

Lanza was armed with magazines that held 30 bullets each, according to Vance. He added that there were hundreds of bullets for the other weapons as well.

Vance told reporters that an additional weapon, a shotgun, was recovered from a vehicle Lanza parked outside of the school. The gunman also had a Glock 10mm and a Sig Sauer 9mm, multiple magazines and additional ammunition.

[Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET] Six-year-old Jessica Rekos was hoping to get cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat for Christmas. Now her family is left mourning the loss of her young life.

Jessica's family sent us in a photo and statement that they wanted us to share with the world about her:

"Jessica loved everything about horses. She devoted her free time to watching horse movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and writing stories about horses. We had promised her she could have her very own horse when she turned 10. She asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. She was a creative, beautiful little girl who loved playing with her little brothers, Travis and Shane. She spent time writing in her journals, making up stories, and doing "research" on orca whales – one of her passions after seeing the movie Free Willy last year. She said her dream was to see a real orca. Thankfully her dream was realized in October when she went to SeaWorld.

Jessica was our first born. She started our family, and she was our rock. She had an answer for everything, she didn't miss a trick, and she outsmarted us every time. We called her our little CEO for the way she carefully thought out and planned everything. We can not imagine our life without her. We are mourning her loss, sharing our beautiful memories we have of her, and trying to help her brother Travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. We are devastated, and our hearts are with the other families who are grieving as we are."

You can read more about the rest of the victims in our interactive here, which will be updated as we get more photos and statements from family members.

[Updated at 2:13 p.m. ET] Lee Shull doesn’t want to feel helpless anymore.

That's why as a parent of a child at Sandy Hook Elementary school he gathered other Newtown, Connecticut, residents together on Sunday for a meeting to try to figure out what happened and how they can ensure it doesn't happen again.

The group was seeking to move forward a conversation about gun laws, mental health and the moral fabric of our country in the wake of another deadly shooting.

"We’re trying to get the word out to this country that we thought this was a safe community," Shull said. "This can happen anywhere. We need to start here and learn from this event."

Shull said his family is feeling the impact of the shooting personally. While he’s never met the gunman, his daughter was in a classroom where children were gunned down. Three other girls who shared a dance studio with his daughter are now dead.

[Updated at 1:31 p.m. ET] We've just learned that officials have given the "all-clear" at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut. The church had been evacuated due to an unspecified threat.

[Updated at 1:27 p.m. ET]  Authorities evacuated a Catholic church in Newtown, Connecticut, Sunday. It was unclear why the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church had been evacuated.

Witnesses said authorities told them to leave the church premises.  A column of armed police officers walked across the church property and entered a building next to the church's parking lot.

The church is less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

[Updated at 1:03 p.m. ET] Lillian Bittman, a former chairwoman of the Newtown Board of Education, struggled to speak about the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

She knew some of them directly, including Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who she helped appoint.

“Everyone just feels violated,” she said of the town and the school she had been involved with for over 15 years. "It's unbelievable that this could happen to a little school that had so much joy in it."

Bittman said the school had done everything they thought they could to protect the children. And she hopes that out of tragedy, the country can find a way to move forward in a meaningful way.

"I need the country and the world to understand that out of this we have to bring good. This was an idyllic setting for children and now children, young children, have died," she told CNN's Don Lemon. "When Columbine happened, our school put in a buzzer system. But this keeps happening."

Bittman said that the families of those who were murdered are understandably "a mess" right now. She feels the same. The question now, she said, is whether we can put aside our differences as a country on mental health and gun control issues to make sure something as tragic as this doesn't happen again.

"We as a country have to use this to come together and look at all the solutions. What can the world do? Love each other and work together," she said. "Figure this out so no more six-year-olds die or have to watch their teacher die in their classroom."

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] We are learning more details about the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Here's what the family of Olivia Rose Engel, 6, wanted to share about her:

"Olivia Rose Engel was a precocious and completely endearing six-year old. She loved school, and was very good at math and reading. She was creative, loved craft projects and art class, and loved participating in as many sports and activities as her mom Shannon could get her to- from tennis to swimming, ballet to soccer, Daisy Girl Scouts to musical theater, and her church’s CCD program, nothing was off limits for little girl who’s favorite colors were pink and purple. Olivia was always keen to take a spin on the lake and Sound on her dad or grandpa’s Whaler. She was a patient big sister to three-year old Brayden, lead Grace each evening at the dinner table, and was a six-year old with a lot to look forward to."

To learn more about the victims, please look at our interactive, which will be updated as we get more information.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he has been touched by the "strength and resilience' of the community of Newtown in the wake of the school shooting.

"I don’t think I will ever forget the cries of grief and pain that I saw at that firehouse," Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut said, referring to the area where families gathered to learn if their loved ones were alive or dead.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET] Authorities still have many witnesses, including children, that they will interview in the investigation of a Connecticut elementary school shooting, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

"Our people are talking with everybody slowly but surely, but methodically, too," he said. "This is something where people's hearts are broken, as we all well know. And we have to be sensitive."

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] Authorities investigating the Connecticut elementary school shooting are analyzing evidence they've collected, including firearms, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

"We are tracing them historically to all the way back on the workbench when they were being assembled," he said.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] Inaccurate information about the Connecticut elementary school shooting is spreading on social media, and authorities could prosecute those responsible, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance addresses reporters on Sunday morning.

"Misinformation is being posted on social media sites," he said. "There has been misinformation from people posing as the shooter in this case, posing using other IDs. Mimicking this crime and crime scene and criminal activity that took place in this community. There's been some things in somewhat of a threatening manner. ... These issues are crimes. They will be investigated. ... Prosecution will take place when people who are perpetrating this information are identified."

[Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET] Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday the president will soon have legislation "to lead on" in the gun control debate, announcing she will introduce a bill next month in the Senate to place a ban on assault weapons.

"We'll be prepared to go, and I hope the nation will really help," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The senator said she'll introduce the bill when Congress reconvenes in January and the same legislation will also be proposed in the House of Representatives.

"We're crafting this one. It's being done with care. It'll be ready on the first day," she said, adding that she'll soon announce the House authors.

"It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession. Not retroactively, but prospectively. It will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets," she said. "There will be a bill."

[Updated at 9:59 a.m. ET] The gunman used his weapon to force his way into the building, the state's governor told CNN Sunday.

"He penetrated the building by literally shooting an entrance into the building. That's what an assault weapon can do for you," Gov. Dan Malloy told CNN's Candy Crowley.

Gunman described as quiet, withdrawn

Malloy also said he was the one who broke the news to families that their loved ones had died at the school.

"It's a very difficult thing to do," he said. "The parents had been gathered for a number of hours, clinging to hope. ...And you can never be prepared for that, to tell 18-20 folks, or actually families, that their loved one would not be returning to them that day or in the future."

The Connecticut governor also discussed wanting tougher federal laws.

[Updated at 7:00 a.m. ET] Here's a quick look at the latest updates in the Connecticut elementary school shooting:

Relatives of the victims will meet with President Barack Obama on Sunday when the president visits.

All the victims died from gunshot wounds and were struck multiple times, said H. Wayne Carver II, Connecticut's chief medical examiner. Their deaths were classified as homicides.

All 20 of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old.

Investigators have been combing "every crack and crevice" of the school and have found some "very good evidence" there and at suspect Adam Lanza's home, where his mother Nancy was killed.

The deadly shooting that shattered this quiet New England town also reignited the ongoing debate about gun laws in America.

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  1. essmeier

    "i am not giving up on my guns even after seeing the bullet ridden dead body of 6-year old child or if this thing happens everyday in the American soil"

    Spoken just like Gollum in the Lord of the Rings: "Guns! My preciousssss!"

    December 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Woody

    The reason people can get guns is any medical or mental information is confidential and not open to gun dealers . As a former gun dealer I know that first hand ! A criminal is not a criminal until they commit a crime and are in the data base ! Its not magic . Its the Law !

    December 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cas

    Those who day in day out, from one tv station to another right wing radio brind OUTRIGHT DISHONESTY in the gun control debate are complicit in these murders...

    I sincerely believe that there are many who are in position of influence and are PURPOSEFULLY ...I REALLY MEAN PURPOSEFULLY mislead ....and create smoke...for some of them they have nothing to gain but to get some perverted satisfaction of flying against the wind of much needed change. They relish and get a high from confronting reason with gibberish and nonsensical argument. Case and point, the Fox News pundit who was arguing that the only theatre that banned guns is the one where many people were shot! So let us not ban guns!! That is the level of ridiculousness these right wing gun nuts have gotten to..

    December 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    If we ban all guns, I assume that everyone is OK wth "All". Police, body guards and the average joe. When the govenment takes someones property, they must compensate them the fair market value (check the consitution). Where will we get that money? Could be hundreds of billions or more? Banning all guns is not workable. sorry.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Not that I agree with your premise, but we could ban the ordinance that fits all current guns.

      If you ask a estoopid question you get a estoopid answer.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotanexpertbutIstayedHIexpress

      That is a ridiculous defense to keep guns. You should work for the NRA.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      > I assume that everyone is OK wth "All".

      Not a single person in the US is Ok with "All". Not you, nor the readers, nor the voters.

      See if you can come up with a INTELLIGENT argument, will ya'???

      December 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Hence your only concern is cost?

      "You'll can violate me, but it will cost ya'"
      -Signed: Rick The Twitt

      December 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cambride Ray

    As a newcomer to America (greatest country in the world!! Yooo Hoooo!!) I have been able to learn the 5 basis principles of Conservatism (the Extreme kind):

    (1) Hate and Fear
    (2) Hate and Fear
    (3) Hate and Fear
    (4) Hate and Fear
    (5) Hate and Fear

    Followed by a remote 6th and 7th. by:

    (6) Belief that Time Travel will address their concerns
    (7) Lack of Compassion

    December 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blain Smipy

      Don't forget they believe angles are real.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You learn fast, my friend. They do show "compassion" when they can associate themselves with the pity of the people that were injured. They want to jump on those bandwagons. But yes, they have no compassion for people who are in financial straights.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Oh, my mistake: No. 7 is covered in the first five principles.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |

      Welcome to the USA where HATE, FEAR and LACK OF COMPASSION is at it's best.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "Welcome to the USA where HATE, FEAR and LACK OF COMPASSION is at it's best."

      More than 50% of voters, plus the fact that the Republicans have lost FIVE out of the last 6 popular votes, beg to differ.

      The US is the most compassionate, generous and welcoming country in the world.

      -Ramon The Proud Newcomer

      December 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "Don't forget they believe angels are real."

      That belief is (or can be) very harmless. Let them be... unless they want to force their beliefs on the rest, or eliminate the Church-State separation.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conservative

      Cambride Ray,
      What bias misrepresentation of conservatism. Opposition to your ideas is not hate.

      If American conservatives have less compassion than everyone else, how come American conservatives give 30% more to charity than any other group on planet earth? Hmm?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conservative

      I do not hear conservatives hating anything. I hear liberals hating everything. I only hear conservatives opposing ideas that do not work and that being misunderstood as hate.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    When white people kill their actions are associated with some type of disorder; when black people kill they are call animals. why is this killer not an animal?

    December 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jo

      Because he was KNOWN to have a mental illness.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      it's obvious that mental illness in whites is an excuse to be a serial killer

      December 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Why does someone always have to make it about race ? This guy was worse than an animal so shut up andleave your race card at home .

      December 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      More laws, No Order !!!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      simple because that this type issue is being cover differently, if this kill was black I believe that there would be an out cry for gun bans and bans on rifles used. yeah I went there but when is the right time to discuss REAL gun control.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      believe me Mike, I am as white as Casper the ghost and I have absolutely no trouble whatsover calling this man a monster.
      I know several people with Aspergers, which is what they are saying this young man had, and my experience with them has been that they are much more often victims rather than aggressive or dangerous people. Aspergers or any form of Autism does not make a person a mass murderer of babies. Being a monster makes someone a mass murderer of babies.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      Calling anyone an animal doesn't help matters any. 20 years ago the killer was an infant human being, like any other infant human being. When and how did he get on a path that lead to planning and perpetrating mass murder without anyone seeing a problem and intervening along the way?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blain Smipy

    To Tommy, the Mexican people are wonderful loving people, I'd move there is a heart beat!

    December 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |

      Me too!!! 😉

      December 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • alf564

      Yes, good plan because its such a peaceful country with no violence or murders....**LMAO**

      December 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Hatchins

    These are DEADLY weapons (semi-auto pistols/rifles, etc...) that have NO business being in the hands of civilians - plain and simple. The idea that we can't control guns is a total cop out. Of cousre we can!!! We CHOOSE not to! EVERY other developed country in world manages to keep GUN VIOLENCE comparitively low (20 times lower on average than the USA).

    December 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blain Smipy

      We need to remove all guns from America. Revoke the 2nd amendment NOW.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • alf564

      Sure would have been GREAT if one of those teachers or the principal was carrying .... might have been over with the lose of one life ...HI S!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knotty Boy

      So, say you got your wish and you took every gun from every household. Say in 20 years we still were suffering gun violence, sort of like Mexico, John. Would you, at that point, give a big apology for destroying the 2nd Amendment and give all those guns back? Or would you just chuckle and tell us "It's good being British!"

      December 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jo

    So making guns illegal will take them off the street?
    We should make heroine and meth illegal too!

    December 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotanexpertbutIstayedHIexpress

      Yea, I saw that stupid statement on Facebook too. Get your own material.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • GreenPhotog

      Heroin and meth are illegal, imbecile. We make guns illegal and they're harder to come by and more expensive on the black market. Do we just sit back and do nothing while guns kill?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bryan

    No one needs a weapon capable of "shooting an entrance". We are with Sen Feinstein and Gov Malloy .... lets make sure something changes this time.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knotty Boy

      "Shooting an entrance" is the criteria? Well, you've defined just about any firearm beyond a rimfire. Why don't you simply go for a total gun ban for everybody, everywhere, in the U.S.A.? If any of us disagree with you, your armed police and military can then freely put us in our place.

      You like that idea, don't you. Admit it!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sumeet

    i think meditation should become the part of the curriculum , it will help to reduce mental problems , all this happened because of mental illness.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The true heart of the matter

    A. video games glorifying violence
    B. movies glorifying violence
    C. tv shows glorifying violence

    December 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmie

      But this is EXACTLY what American's WANT.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ander

    Another disturbed individual has threatened the poor people in this community who were gathering to morn their loss. Another sick individual they should track down and find ASAP. Get who ever called in, (what I believe was possible a false bomb threat), and get the individual in custody and then mental health! Too many sick people out there fantasizing ways to scare and harm others. A big problem in our word. WHY??

    December 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ander

      "In our world"... (sorry for my poor spelling)

      December 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jimmie

    WHY should Americans feel violated. You obviously cherish the right to own and carry concealed handguns, assault rifles etc. etc. etc. etc. over the lives of your own children and families. If you REALLY cared, you would ammend the 2nd ammendment so this thing cannot happen. But you WON'T. In a week or so this whole thing will blow over and you will move on to the next trajedy. The America I grew up in (1950's) is DEAD.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John Hatchins

    The solution is simple - if you own a gun (just like a car) you must purchase insurance on the gun in order to own it. This way an INSURANCE company with "something to lose" would insist on only having "healthy" & responsible people (like drivers) owning a gun.
    If you have a gun and it goes missing or is stolen - you are required to contact your insurer and file a police report.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOEL

      So there are only healthy and responsible people that own and drive cars... I would love to live where you do.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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