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. DC

    Christian is your classic alcoholic and the rest of us are like the alcoholic's family members

    December 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mart

    The worst school attack in US history came in 1927, a man in Michigan blew up a school taking 45 people with him, mostly children 7 to 12. He injured 58 others. All in a time we are told things like this didn't happen. They have always happened; they happen in countries with no guns at all

    December 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ratified1791

      Education is the key

      December 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tony

    It would see from history, guns are 100% the problem. No gun, no shooting is possible I don't think historically any kind of nut case has been known to strangle, club or knife 20 x 6 year olds and 6 nice women to death on the same day, in on the last 2000 years or so.

    December 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mart

      You're wrong see my previous post

      December 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      No. I'm an ex-military marksman. And I'm not stupid either..

      December 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mart

      Didn't say you were, search "list of rampage killers" you will see it happens everywhere. Guns or without guns

      December 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Try walking into a gym and strangling 20 people with your bare hands.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mart

      try walking in a school room with 20 kids, locking the door, and see how fast you could do it, with your bare hands, knives, swords. Try driving your car into a crowded crosswalk at 3pm and see how many you could take down? See what I mean?

      December 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mart

      Do you honestly think it couldn't be done if the wrong person got into then locked the classroom door? If you'll search you will see rampage homicides occur all over the world, with or without guns. The worst one to date in this country had pyritol as the weapon of choice

      December 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ali

    This is the most horrible...just when you think our country snaps back from one tragedy another happens. I my self don't have kids but I feel terrible for those family's that have lost there little loved ones. It's one thing to lose adults in such a horrible shooting but to loose makes people wonder what can really happen. To those family's who lost so much on that day I hope that you can find closer and know that your little ones are now safe in gods hands, God bless and please family's try and have a Happy Holiday!!!!

    December 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • zlop

      Dvorak and Curry analysis
      "No Agenda Show for Sunday December 16th 2012"

      December 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AbleWitness

    America has turned away from God. Tragedies such as school shootings occur, hurricanes shut down cities, terrorists bring down buildings, then Americans say, "Where was God when this happened?!" It makes me want to vomit. People make government their God then damn God for not being there, or worse, say that these satanic events prove there is no Divinity. As this nation travels further and further from God, watch the horror of these cataclysmic events progress logarithmically.

    December 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • atlsouth56

      Has nothing to do with religion, if the parents had not been screwed up the kid would not have been.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chachi

      Where was God when his messengers on earth were molesting 1,000's of little children & ruining their lives.
      Getting closer to God sure didn't help them.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie the Lion

      God could care less either way. If He cared, He would do SOMETHING.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • soniccash

      All I have to say to every one on here is that our men and
      Women who served and died for said freedom is not
      Being honored by placing a ban. Tighter laws, fine, but
      Don't let my 38 army ranger friends die in vain. Honer them
      as we will honer these innocent kids, Peter don't pay for Paul.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • cabinr

      God doesn't smite little children because they don't pray in school. Sounds like it's time to reassess your faith.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      You select only the exaples that suit you. Where was your god in the Tsunamis and the Tornadoes. Absent as always.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abdul

      Ofcourser It was very sad and Tragic incident occured and published on all news networks.
      but as I was watching YouTube Videos, News about Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palastine.

      They also had Childern of Same age, same look who died by Havy Bombarment, Bullets, Hunger..... One one knows, No one Cares.

      Thier parents got killed, only source of livehood they had, No Medical Insurance, No Welfare, Home Destryed.
      Very innocent and Young Childs with Homeless, Hopeless Mothers, No Jobs .......... I wish we all could feel pain for them too.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Some politicians and judges say that school sponsored prayer is not allowed, so God steps back and lets 20 small children die out of spite? THAT belief is vomit worthy. These kids were innocent, legally, morally, and spiritually.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      As an educator, it truly makes me sick to hear people putting blame on God for such an evil act..... It was YOU who took God out of the public schools and YOU who have made it just short of a crime to even mention his name in public schools ....and now you want to blame him for letting this happen in a public school?????? how hypocritical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • lib

      I believe in God and for my 62 years I also believe in what I see. When God was taken out of schools, there was much school violence. We never had school violence when God was in school. I don't realize how one person changed this law. If you don't believe in God then don't pray in school. You are also disrespecting my rights. It felt good to start our day with a pray and the pledge of allegiance. Just as there is goodness in this world there is also evil here. It is up to man to know the difference between the two. Also, mental illness needs to be addressed. Bad mistake to let mentally ill people move around in our society. The government gives an SSI check to mentally ill folks and expect them to take their meds. ??? that check should be used to run facilities for them to stay in and get help.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    the establishment wants this incident among many others to divide americans, and it's working.

    December 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brian

    I come from a european country where I am glad to say nothing like this has ever happened. We watch the same tv programmes, are subject to the same soical, financial, personal and and political issues as americans. Why does this keep happening in your country and not mine. Its because any lunatic who feels like it can get his or her hands on weapons without the slightest difficulty in your country. As long as thats the reality and the majority of americans as seems to be the case support this, then you are all responsilble. Cowards carry guns.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gregory

    The left loves to vilify the right for supporting gun rights, yet one of the biggest factors in these types of shootings (we've known this since Virginia Tech incident) is that mental health privacy laws (such as HERPA and FERPA), as well as the fact that no such mechanism exists, prevent the sharing of information about troubled individuals with police or agencies which conduct background checks for firearms purchases. So one could reasonably say that gun-control advocates have willingly allowed mentally ill people access to guns because they prefer that they not be available to everyone. How come no one criticizes the left for allowing the mentally ill to be protected from background checks? Just as culpible in my opinion, while they self-righteously judge the right.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie the Lion

      I'm on the left and I totally support background checks for everyone. I would be the first in line to sacrifice my privacy and personal freedoms if it helped public safety. Don't paint all of us with a broad brush.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy


      Here is one for YOU..
      "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
      Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
      US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 – 1790)

      December 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie the Lion

      Ah, the wh*** ****er and fart joke writer? Sorry Jeremy, I don't have the level of respect for Benjamin Franklin that other people have.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Howard

      as a professional psychologist I have to tell you that finding, helping and insulating emotionally challenged individuals is a very inexact science. Some people will escape notice until they snap. Weapons, on the other hand, are easy to categorize. While an emotionally challenged person could do great harm with a handgun or rifle, they could not do the kind of extermination that the automatic weapons did in Newtown, Connecticut. Stop those, and you cut off the opportunity for the emotionally broken to wreak that kind of horror. Don't put the Second Amendment's interpretation above common sense.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I'm liberal and don't think guns should be or can be simply taken away. However you need to consult the NRA who does not support any sort of background check....let alone mental health.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie the Lion

      Benjamin Franklin was a poor man's Oscar Wilde, the latter being a TRUE genius.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Wrong again Bob background checks are required by all gun dealers.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Jeremy the "NRA who does not support any sort of background check." Nothing about weather there is or is not a background check. The NRA is the biggest lobbyist in Washington. Therefore "let alone mental health"

      December 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Still wrong Bob..they do support backgrounds checks from dealers.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donnie the Lion

    I think it would help to have armed security guards at schools.....but that isn't cheap. Taxpayers need to be ready to make that happen because the money is not going to come out of thin air.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The money is there if we would make the majority of welfare recipients get off their lazy butt's and earn a living like the rest of us! It makes me sick to see the majority of my students with parents who are perfectly capable just "choose" not to work and collect gov't money every month.....there is your payment for armed guards!

      December 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeremy

    99.99% of guns in the US killed NO ONE on Friday.

    How many died due to cars?

    How many died due to medical malpractice?

    Once you take care of the top killers in the US THEN you can look at guns. Until then....back off!

    December 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie the Lion

      So the status quo of gun-related violence in the USA is acceptable to you?

      Or are you one of the losers who cries out "There's nothing we can do!!!!"

      December 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael


      December 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      You should start with the top killers and work your way reason to "pick N choose"....

      December 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      My AMEN supports Jeremy!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get rid of cell phones because anyone who texts and drives IS mentally ill....after all thousands of innocent Americans die every day because of it. If this psycho had used a 20lb propane tank to blow up the classroom would we be banning every BBQ in America???? C'mon man!

      December 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • goinmad2009

      I guess you don't know what the word "weapon" means.

      go ahead...please buy more guns...please....more guns...more mines...more assault rifles...relax existing gun laws....carry and conceal...enjoy !! Its the wild wild west after all. Party on !!

      December 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy have some sort of link to the facts you are talking about??? Where is this wild west you speak of??

      December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      People don't kill people on purpose with cars. Big difference between accidental deaths from cars and people grabbing guns and killing on purpose. If you can't get that fact you're beyond ignorant.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trufaxxare

    This is a act of terrorism America.Call it what it is.No excuses because he was a white kid.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Phil Jansen

    CNN and other news outlets should be ashamed at the non-stop vigil being held over this tragedy. It is overdone and is a disservice to those that lost loved ones. The act of this deranged individual is not a reason to hijack news coverage for days on end to capitalize on the deaths of these precious individuals. By all means, if information regarding the individual's motivations are discovered in his effects, update the public. However, transforming this tragedy into an 'event' is transparent and is itself a commentary on the quality of news in present day America. Hope the ratings are worth it.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Casey Collins

    Maybe the questionnaire that you fill out for the ATF when you purchase a gun should ask – DOES anyone in your family suffer from any form of mental illness? If yes, then NO GUNS for you.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      WHY? I'm not buy the gun for them..I'm buying it for ME.

      Maybe when you go to buy a beer they should ask if anyone in your family has had an alcohol related incident...then NO BEER FOR YOU!

      December 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I agree, then there isn't the potential of the mentally unstable relative getting a hold of the firearm.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Fortunately it doesn't work that way...nothing like pre-emptive assumed guilt...

      December 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Jeremy, it sounds like you are a big fan of the AR styled weapons, When I was in the military, I enjoyed firing the weapon. I realize the civilian version is semi-auto, but it still uses 30 round magazines. I am a owner of a couple of firearms, I just don't believe a weapon of this style belongs in civilian hands. Yes, after this tragic events, I believe we as responsible gun owners should agree that AR's have no use in civilian hands. If my mental status or the status of others in my home were to be checked before I could buy a gun, I'd be willing to do it. There are those that fear guns and they have every right to do so. I know you have to pull the trigger, but in the wrong hands, it can be even more deadly.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      This is not a "gun owners" fault....the weapons were stolen with the intent to kill.

      30 round magazines are irrelevant it's just another "thing" the govt can attempt to "restrict". Do not talk about "need" as that is not what this is about.

      It's not just ARs they want..they just need a stepping stone and then ALL will end up become restricted/illegal. Do NOT be confused as to the overall goal of this administration....

      December 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Simple Solution:
    1. Ban assualt rifle/weapons
    2. Ban any magazine/clip that can hold over 10 rounds
    3. Ban sale of ammo over the internet
    4. Firearms safety training requirements before any sale of firearms
    5. All firearms sales including private be completed by a FFL dealer
    6. A complete background check with at least a 3 day waiting period.
    7. A complete check of medical records for any mental disorders.

    I own firearms target shooting and home defense. The amount of firepower civilians can have is ridiculous. I see no need for an assault rifle/weapon in the home. I'm for civilians owning guns, just not these particular rifles.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      7. is critical!

      December 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Is it me or do people not see a common theme among this type of shooting, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Colorado Movie Shooting, Gabriel Gifford. They all have a common theme, anti-social confused young men. Marc Lépine killed 14 people at a school shooting in Canada where he legally obtained a semi-automatic rifle. Once again a young confused male. I don’t own any guns don’t care about guns lived in NYC and Chicago both dangerous places without guns. I think the problem is a certain type of individual. I’m fine with banning guns however I also think this type of individual needs to be addressed.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaryB

      I own a gun and I have been shooting since I was a kid, but even I can see that too many young men (including the George Zimmermans of the world) try to use guns to make up for a lack of personal bravery, confidence, self-esteem, intelligence and/or plain common sense.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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