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. Sanbro

    America's reputation will continue to be tarnished around the world so long as they defend such a ridiculous, thing as owning a gun, creating violent movies, and feeding the innocent children with video games of hate and revenge. President Obama, you MUST step up as the BEST President there ever was and show America and the world that you have done three right thing. NO possession of guns, NO aggressive videos allowed, and NO violent movies ever again.

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

      "Superman" glorifies flying, but nobody in the right mind would jump off a building.

      The point of movies and video games is PRECISELY keeping the violence BEHIND the screen.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOEL

      At the rate the US is going, there will be a rule/law governing/regulating EVERYTHING we do. And all that will do is just make more "criminals" as there will be more laws to be broken. You can always move to China if you like their laws so much. They pretty much regulate everything.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Knotty Boy

    Shouldn't the good Senator include semiauto handguns, too? I do believe the perpetrator was carrying those, also.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bluejeans in Chicago

    This should NOT be about the killer! We need to send killers like this into anonymity. This should be about the victims. The victims are the ones who deserve our attention. Bless this entire community, but especially the children. All of the survivors have PTSD whether they know it or not. They deserve our compassion.

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

      Bring Jesus Christ back and will see such a positive change in our lives and this nation.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eberlein

    Do not give guns to people who have mental problems and you reduce the violence where people use guns drastically. Read today's news. Some person in a California parking lot is shooting 50 rounds into air. Not mental? The people who kill Kids not Mental? You do not need a Doctor to tell you that people who kill little children are sick.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. creative36

    can't believe this is still a headline.

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

      Huh? It just happened Friday...less then two days ago. Why would you say this like its been in the news for months or something..

      December 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Smith

      Are you kidding? This should be a headline for the entire 2013. This is the problem with our society that we could actually detach from something like this. These are little kids who were shot multiple times. I hope something terrible happens to you or your family and we're see how quickly you forget. Just a loser trolling CNN boards.

      I don't have kids but this tragedy has really been hard on me. I just cannot imagine the terror on these kids faces when this nutjob comes in shooting. I want to know whether there were warning signs. There is just too much of this crap these days.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • every1knows

      May you be next

      December 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • fabian

      weve had it in our Canadian headlines everyday as well, i dont see why it wouldnt be

      December 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • yvgeny

      creative, you're truly a moron.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • creative36

      It's time to move on. Don't you see the Media is sensationalizing the story to make advertising dollars?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • vineekesh

      What.. do you want kardasian news?huh.. be sensitive to people feelings.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rick

    This will pass.
    America has chosen that some innocent civilian lives is a little price to pay for the joy of having guns at home.
    They'll forget in a couple of weeks and it'll be business as usual. 88 civilians have died so far this year in this
    type of massacre. You think that would hurt the conscious of people who sell gun as a means of living?

    December 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oscar Pitchfork

      so Rick, apparently you advocate a government able to enter ANYWHERE THEY LIKE, and seize any and everything firearm related, including blackpowder,smokeless powder, spiral broach machines (used to make barrels) and the rest, and seriously hope that a handful of guns will NOT remain anywhere in reach of North America, thus making it impossible for this to happen again? You are a complete idiot!

      December 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      The gun-owners of America are some of the most responsible people in the country. Go to a gun-show, you might learn something. And their argument for having guns is exactly for these types of crazies that roam the world. Unfortunately, its the world we live in, and there is no practical method for taking all the guns of the world away.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Very true.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      That s right Rick, I hope gun sales go up in fact. More laws won't stop anyone from needless insane murderous rampages, just like laws don't stop some one from speeding in a car or shoplifting. Take away our guns and then the government and criminals can do anything they want to the people... don't think so? I hope you become one of the first statistics of heavier gun control laws.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viper

      Greg: In my opinion, your argument is incorrect. An individual can not compete with the state machinery. Also, every individual can not arm himself/herself to the top of the line weaponry at all the times. The state (our society governing body) should control the possession of assault weapons by individuals. Imbalance may benefit wrong persons. Having said that, I support having basic guns for hunting purpose but not law enforcement or protection. Depend on our law enforcement agencies for protection.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      You are correct. The concept of attempting to ban and confiscate all guns is not possible. It is a foolish idea and will never be possible. Anyone who advoacates the idea is living in a fantasy world. We can not enforce the laws we have and many people on the board are making up "facts" like the gun show loophole. I have never seen a gun sold by a FFL dealer without the background check or the required permit. But if I am not allowed to have a gun, the body guards of people who support banning guns should not have one either. Bloomberg is very vocal about banning guns, but he is protected 24/7 by people with guns. Anyone find that hypocritical?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Viper, Law enforcement gennerally arrives after the event is over. If you live in a city, maybe it is different, but in rural areas the police can be 30 mins away.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      My post that started this thread has been replaced. How did that happen?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    In every mass shooting, the shooter is always a WHITE male. The government should provide 24/7 mental clinics for white men because they need help.

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

      No, it's not just white men. The mass shooting at Virgina Tech from 2007 was an asian individual.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I was told that Adam was a Muslim !?!?!?

      December 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nicole

    Ban assult rifles, but what about retroactive? So now only the criminals will be armed?

    I say arm our teachers, they have the most important job in the world.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oscar Pitchfork

      There's no functional difference between SEMI-AUTOMATIC rifles of all kinds:they make fully automatic versions (machine guns) for the military and semi-automatic (one trigger pull, one shot) for the general public. They've had rifles like this since 1906. The only reason they've gained notoriety lately is because of the publics general ignorance or how guns work, their history and the like. In case no one mentioned it, the .223 Bushmaster is just another semiautomatic variation of the Army's M-16 assault rifle.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I agree, but we should provide them the same training/checkout we provide police officers.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. THORN

    Too much Mental illness population. Means smart people will most likely give up life and stop marrying and have kids. They grow up Mental-illness-phobias. They are afraid of them more than sodom and gomorrah society.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. johnkon

    You call owing and hunting innocent animals and birds enjoyment?. This is reminiscent of coward killing metality of vikings, crusaders and old west gun culture still left in America...

    December 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    Just checked the NRA website. Not one mention of this tragedy.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      What are you saying? I am a lifetime member of the NRA and I along with many others do not blame the 2nd amendment for this horrible act.

      "Sure I Wave the American Flag, Do you know a Better Flag to wave? Sure I love my Country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, Never have been, Never Will be"
      John Wayne

      December 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Norbert

    He wasn't a criminal until he got hold of guns. Most of these nuts show little indication of what they are going to do until they do it. But making guns available to them at the rate our gun culture does makes it so much easier to kill and maim. We need to look at ALL of this, and then see what we, as a society, can do to slow this down. We are probably never going to stop it altogether, because some determined individual will always find a way around the laws. But only a cruel or stupid person will say that we should keep on going they way we are going now. That is how we wound up with twenty-six murdered innocents and a nation in mourning.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. johnkon

    Reminiscent of crusader and a viking type killing mentality still left in america. It will never go away as it descends from ancester to their kids of present day.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    It seems clear that the weapons used in this senseless crime were obtained legally by the mother but most likely stolen by the son. I don't think we can law our way out of everthing, if someone is intent on getting a weapon they will get them. I think we should address security in our schools. We have it in capitols and most every other govenrment building. The school was probably chosen because it was an easy target, he would have gotten nowhere at a capitol building. If we are serious about our childrens safety, then we must make them safe. Relying on any law is questionable at best we all know they all get broken everyday, otherwise we wouldn't have cops. I would pay more taxes to ensure my childrens safety.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • June

      It's not just schools, but everywhere. Malls? Theaters?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dark gable

    More sad than this tragedy are the FACTS! 1) this tragedy will not change our gun control issues. 2) these tragedies continue to happen and we havent learned anything from them. 3) this type of tragedy will happen again. 4) the 2nd amendment is over 200 years old. society has changed a little, the right to bear arms in 1790 does not equate to recreational gun ownership in 2012. 5) yeah im gonna throw race into this. if this happened in a black or mexican community the response would not be as big. 20 people get shot and killed in oakland and los angeles every weekend but why dont you hear about that?

    December 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |

      The point you make is valid. Many thousands of people have been murdered in socially depressed communities across America. The statistics are verified and bona fide. Why isn't America in an uproar over that? The slow death of minorities is seen as something created by the environment they “choose” to live in. When mass murder occurs it is news, SHOCK VALUE. Do you think white, suburban Americans will tune in if the media showed every instance of gun violence in the ghetto’s across America? Not a chance.

      This mass murder IS TRAGIC, IT SHOULD BE COVERED. The lives of these children were ruthlessly extinguished by an insane perpetrator with a gun. I mourn for them and their families.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      so whats your point?
      If Guns Kill People then Cars Drive Drunk

      December 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
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