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. goinmad2009

    America will go back to normal in 5 days tops. This scene is nothing new. All walk. Some want guns...some don't. Who cares which side you are on. 26 people are gone...God will be blames. "Guns dont kill people....people kill people" will be the slogan. "Science flies you to the moon....religion flies you into buildings".... ..

    Give it a few will go on without a single change. I feel sad for you guys. Honestly....I'm watching for far off...watching you as a nation declining.

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

    Does anyone else think the simple answer to this is a local tax that provides a guard for every single school? Everyone is looking for leadership instead of being leaders, I wish I had the power to do propose this idea. If everyone cares like they say they do then what is a small fee per year compared to the safety of our children we say we care so much about. Those who say to take away guns can shove it, because it just won't happen. If it did how would we be able to take away all the guns in the US? Realistically a small tax on local residents to provide a guard for each school is the only solution I can think of.

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

      I would hate to think that its come to the point where five year old kids should have to file past armed guards every day. The fact is, school violence has actually decreased over the last few decades. The problem is, more efficient guns have become more readily available, so when gun-based violence does occur, the results can be far more horrific.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. R2Y2

    We as a nation need to wake up and see what we are doing to us. We need better gun control. How can a rational caring person deny this. This does not mean to take guns away from everybody. This only means not to make it so readily available for everybody. We also need a better health care including mental care. Please like this shooter should have had access and cared by professionals. There are many troubled kids and adults who needs access for health care and go unnoticed until they commit such a terrible attack. LET US WAKE UP AND SEE WHAT IS GOOD FOR US AND OUR KIDS WHICH IS OUR FUTURE!.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. trex

    ......Your "RIGHT" to have semi automatic weapons is INTERFERING with MY "RIGHT" to LIVE..................

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

      really???OMG when was you day to day routine last interrupted by a semi-auto weapon????

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

      With every massacre actually. The whole damn country is horrified and upset – except you apparently. What address should we have the police check out?

      December 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Only if you have a large capacity clip/magazine. A individual can be quick with any type of action, true a semi-auto loads the next round for you but you can't fire 30 rounds that quick with a 7 to 10 round clip. I respect your opinion, trust me there sure isn't anyone that can get to my firearms but me. They are locked in the case, have trigger and action locks on them and my ammo is locked in a different location.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Why do you think I need checking out?

      December 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ken potus

    I think we should have mandatory gun laws. Everyone is required to own a gun, maybe even a RPG but definitely a gun.

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

      Thats basically how it works in Sweden, where every man of military service age is required to keep an assault rifle and ammunition in the home. They have a much lower murder & crime rate, too.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • S Vig

      But does Sweden allow teachers to have guns at schools?

      December 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      They also have free universal health care and mandatory military service. Those factors usually get ignored by the GOP and conservatives.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Sorry, I meant Switzerland, not Sweden

      December 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • erick

      Dear Karen I lived in several countries in diferent continents, there are lots I could tell you, but I will tell you only one thing... police in Britain don´t carry guns

      December 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Not as long as many of us have a voice or a breath in our bodies. So, Sweden has their MILITARY keep guns, but not the citizens...interesting. Dude, Jeremy, etal: You are cruel, naive, self-centered and ignorant by choice. If Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, etc., were alive today they would be horrified that they never imagined the weaponry available today and would be fighting for a common sense and reasonable national gun legislation. I'm sure they'd be ashamed that their inability to see into the future has left us with the NRA.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      In Switzerland, the male citizens of military age ARE part of the reserve military. The point seems lost on you: they have far more assault rifles per capita in private homes, but no major problem with gun violence.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      In Switzerland , there is a mandatory jail sentence for anyone who beaks the seal on his military reserve rifle's ammunition pack.

      December 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Sorry you live scared because of this....

      December 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just saying

    Another tragic number of violence against children is that since 1973 over 55,000,000 (yes million) abortions have been performed in the USA. A action that our government and the Democrats King supports. We teach our children in school that we evolved from the sea, we expelled God from our public schools in 1962 but then run to the Church when disasters happen. Hmmmmm.

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

      55 million abortions...why didn't you just say 55 quadrilliions...that brandy you drink at night does inflate your calculation at light speed

      December 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Just shut up.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WHY?

    CNN, WHY is it that EVERY interfaith speaker's name is posted, along with their place of worship EXCEPT the Muslim one?

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

      Because they still need to kill Muslim Childs around the world yet on the name of War on Terror (War on natural Resources)

      December 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Someone can't read.... "Muadh Bhavnagarwala with Newtown's Al Hedaya Islamic Center"

      December 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      In the article, posted at 8:16 pm: " 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." I guess you passed over that paragraph.

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

    Ofcourse 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 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Peter Vulliez

    The NRA has blood on its hands, so does anyone who support the current gun laws (written in 1791 when the idea of a militia was very much in the Founding Fathers' mind, etc..). I condemn people's paranoid behavior who keep arguing that "they need to protect themselves at home and that is why they keep a gun". They are 10 times more likely to die from a car accident than a gun shot. The European country that has seen the most mass-killings of this kind is Norway, the European country with the most lenient gun laws. There IS a correlation between gun-ownership and gun violence. Easy access to gun IS and WILL always be the problem. What about applying a 50% sales tax on the purchase of a gun, gun ownership is a LUXURY.. as a blogger posted earlier: it should be a privilege to own a gun, no longer a right.

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

      As soon as you get a Continental Congress together and change the 2nd WILL ALWAYS be an INDIVIDUAL DEAL with it...

      December 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      In Sweden, virtually every adult man of military age is required to keep an assault rifle and ammunition in their home, as part of the national defense scheme. They have much lower murder and violence rates there. Gun ownership in Canada is about as high per capita as the USA, but they have lower gun violence.

      Guns are not the cause of violence, or even the only instrument of mass violence. The 800,000 Rwandans who were massacred mainly with machetes and knives are proof of that.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe


      December 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Sorry, I meant Switzerland, not Sweden

      December 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan

    My heart is broken along with my fellow countrymen. But I’m haunted by the large number of civilian deaths, including many children, caused by American drone attacks in several countries. I wonder if my fellow Americans have any idea how many little children are killed suddenly in our name by our president and military with these drone attacks. Don’t these parents and grandparents and community mourn as much as we do when their children are killed mercilessly out of nowhere?

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

      Alan, Im not a US ctizen, but i lived overseas in many places I totally agree with you, will tell you only one thing the US is a very unsual place, the system and the military industry there tries to make people believe that is normal to live in wars everywhere in the world and kill people whether they are inocent or guilty,or get killed sometimes and possesing guns rifles, shot guns, sniper guns, pistols, and in some cases machine guns at home!!! 49 states have some sort of a military factory. As long as you have these type of industries you will probably have more of these situations. feel so sorry for all the familes who lots their loved ones

      December 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    This is ridiculous! If they have ever checked people's background and then sell weapons, there won't be any armed robbery on campus!!!!!!!!!!!! There are 2 armed robberies on campus in three days during this final week!!!!! Are you kidding me? One robbery happened next to the campus police office!!!! Have right to have a weapon = have right to rob students? Why cannot the student buy some RPGs and carry that to school to prevent being robbed????

    December 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Outraged

    The US is the only country in the world that you can buy a gallon of milk, a box of cereal and a gun and bullets in the same place... Americans like their guns more than they like their kids. Wondering why this doesn't happen in other countries? Easy access to weapons, its that simple, and it must end. We aren't part of any militia, we don't need army designed weapons at home.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Ignorance of the facts...depending upon your state of residence you ARE part of the militia whether YOU know it or not...and the rifle used wasn't designed by the Army...

      December 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      yes, it is a gun culture....and it's SUCH a joke that the PRO gun people think there little guns will protect them
      from all the assaults that a modern army has now. The NRA is in the death business people. Look around at the other civilzed modern countries...they don't have any where near the gun violence. That is a fact. Other countries around the world can't get over how dumb we are....

      December 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chelsea

    This is why the violent mentally ill should be committed or be forced to take their medicine. This wouldn't happen if we treat our violent mentally ill. I know they cannot help it, but I should be able to send my kids to school without worrying they are going to die because some wacko didn't take his medicine and is around guns!

    December 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. shboogies

    WHY ARE THEY NOT RECOGNIZING THE 27TH VICTIM? Nancy Lanza is just as much a victim of her son's rampage as anyone else. She was an innocent woman who could had no idea her own son would do such a horrendous thing. Its an abdolute OUTRAGE that she's not being given any recognition.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ea

    GTFO Obama no one wants to hear your bs interupting the football game tonight. You media pigs are a big blame for this mess because some disturbed person will think he can be famous by mass killings.

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