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. brian

    For those of you who are worried about the gov't having all the guns, remember that soldiers and police are people too. They would not all side with a tyrranical Gov't. In a democracy it's the voters that have all the power anyways.

    December 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nero

      What world do you live in?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    sad times for irony...people can't understand the killing of school children...and rightly so outraged and sadden, yet these same individuals can be so indifferent with hearts cold and harden by repeated acts of murder of the unborn...50 million and counting...these same individuals would called with much indifference for the death of the unborn without even a blink of an eye...the duplicity is sickening how can one embrace both murders: one with contempt and the other as a right with glee...obama's tears are meaningless as long as his policies and healthcare reforms which includes abortion up to the ninth month...

    December 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...gun control isn't going to correct the morally inept and ill-formed consciences...people need to understand life is life from the moment of conception to its natural long as america continues to embrace the culture of death and its contradictory principles against life and families, our society as a whole will continue inflict tragedies against innocent victims...

      December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron C

      Was just thinking of this today.

      No one cries for these children. Society is sick – not the piece of metal but no one looks in the mirror anymore.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdD

      So many people like to roll their eyes at such statements yet you are so true. Abortions for convenience have murdered more in a than all of the mass murders and the Iraq war combined. Yet somehow people can be indifferent to one and opposed to all others. How they justify it and look at themself in the mirror is beyond me.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Samira Haddad

    Guess who killed those 20 little children and 6 adults: the US government with their little bible, the Second Amendment.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • j791

      How many children go to school each day in America? How many have gone to school in America in the last 50 years? How many of these millions of kids have been killed by guns? Less than 1/10th of 1%.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Murali

    For all those morons who need guns, guns for what? You say you live in the greatest country the god ever made, then believe it and move on life.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Commentator Prime

      Your comment makes too much sense. I agree with you 100%. The problem seems to be that we are the minority. For some reason... for many people.... guns mean something more than what they really are...

      December 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cole1352

      Keep giving away your rights ! No need for chains and bars for the misinformed..

      December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Murali

      My rights? To shoot is my right?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dowhatisneeded

    do whatever.. it's gonna happen anyway....
    as long as the gov does not come in my home to remove something i legally purchased...

    December 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jo1965

      paranoia at it's one, i repeat, NO ONE is going to take your guns...again, no one is going to take your difficult is that to understand?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    Ban assault weapons, limit clips to ten at the most, all guns must be licensed and in order to own a gun you must undergo a criminal record check and mental health review or letter of support by your doctor, to own certain guns or over a certain number of guns a more intense screening should be required, finally if you do not secure your firearm and prevent use by anyone else you should go to jail.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JennG

      So for the ones that are criminals with the guns who do not get the licenses they are supposed too...who does that work for? How many crimes are committed with guns that the person committing the crime legally purchased the weapon and registered it?? I can tell you that the number is VERY low. So what needs to happen is not gun control. All that is going to do is place more control on the ones that ALREADY follow the law.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jetfuel4

      I don't own any assault weapons (I do own several AR-15's).....I passed all criminal background checks when I purchased my firearms after a 10 day wait.....we are limited to 10 rd

      December 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newtown


      How come other countries don't have these problems? I understand criminals don't follow the law, but limiting guns will also limit their choices in due time.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Commentator Prime

    Obama's speech just put all adults in check. What are we going to do about this ? We are doing something wrong, it's true. At least us parents have to stick together and push for a change, work out solutions, speak about ideas, build a plan.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. C.S.A

    People fail to realize that the first thing the government would use to try to take your guns away(if they try to do so), would be the military, and they have nuclear weapons.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jarhead

    the shooter in oregon was most likely stopped by a ccw holder but there is not report on that, funny how that happens

    December 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. landofthefree

    Its as simple as this....
    take the gun from the crazy the crazy will use gas and fire or homemade bombs to kill .
    take away guns from normal citizens like myself i cant defend myself if i am broken into or someone tries to car jack me .

    crazy people who want to do harm will do harm with or without guns you can place a ban on any weapon and the crazy people out to kill will find a way . NRA , 2nd ammendment nuts to the anti gun trolls and people who think guns kill more than anything else need to come together and realize that no matter how hard we try to stop people from killing there will always be killing. we need to focus on school security and keep kids safe 101% behind that what would have happened if police have check points at the entrances of schools and use metal detectors. the way i see it they work 12 hrs a day and spent 10 of them inside cars driving around i say its high time they start to protect and serve rather than drive around and ticket .

    December 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Cox

      It may be as simple as that to the simple-minded. I can accept that.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin

      yes, there is nothing to be done, nothing at all. we're helpless as children. why even try? see ya at the next mass shooting

      December 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Commentator Prime

    What speech were you watching ?

    December 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jetfuel4

    Too of the worst events in our country is only going to serve another mis-directed agenda.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin

      yeah, the president should have said, "Oh well, another mass shooting. Nothing to be done. See ya at the next one."

      December 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • crimsoninok

      The President should look at arming more citizens.. The statistics are CLEAR, the police are 10 minutes away at best.. An armed citizen ends this in 30 seconds.. You may THINK you know the solution, but criminals will always get guns and they will OWN us if you take ours away.. You will find that same thinking Americans will not allow this President to disarm us. Its against the laws and morals of this country. We NEED to start teaching GODS love in school again. We have taken that away and guess what, we are suffering for it.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dark gable

    On the campaign trail what do we always hear from the politicians?" we want to make america a better place for our children" yet tragedies such as these continue to be ignored!

    December 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • crimsoninok

      Only a F00L would think America is ignoring this. Bad people do bad things. This proves that. This person did not own the guns, he killed someone to get them and then went to kill more.. I see this happening in states where people are NOT as adamant about the 2nd Amendment.. Maybe, if we gave teachers guns to lock up, they would prevent this from going as far as it did.. We will not give up guns, its that simple. We need them to prevent the government from becoming too powerful.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CB

    A gun can lay around for hundreds of years and not hurt anyone. It is people behind them hurting and killing.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • GCHunter

      Very well said....

      December 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.

      These machines are designed and manufactured with one purpose: killing.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potentmix

      Yes, and a pottery shard can lie around for thousands of years, and it never will be picked up for the purpose of killing.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GCHunter

      Yes that is true. They are designed to kill. But the mountain lion who just carried my poodle away and is playing near my children needs to be shot with something that kills. Certainly not something that doesn't kill.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Hmmm...but if the gun is never there, it will never be used to kill an innocent, will it?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • FedUpInd

      NRA always say the same thing. If guns weren't around the nutsy couldn't use them. And the argument that people kill is true but if he had a knife he wouldn't have killed 26.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Try Iran more dangerous of less dangerous without a nuclear weapon? Apply that logic to the mass murders we have seen.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linus

      A statement like that is just really ignorant. The same can be true about atomic bombs. Handguns are made to kill humans. This isn't madmax; everybody doesn't need to be armed.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jetfuel4

      Linus...if you choose to be unarmed then please do so....don't tell me what I can or cannot do.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • GCHunter

      Its only a guess but I am betting if he didn't have the guns he would have likely used his car as a weapon..... Either way, he was a nut and he was out to cause harm.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I owned a gun, it's locked in a safe with code that myself only know, I have 2 kids, they won't be able to access those guns as long as those are locked in that safe, it all boils down to personal responsibility as a gun owner and as a parent. By the way, why aren't those video game rated M+17 which idiot parents give their children as christmas gift, gun violence in video games on children desensitize them.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      Since we obviously cannot control the stupidity of people, get rid of the guns. If the guns aren't there, people can't kill with them. If rapid-fire weapons aren't there, people can't mass kill 20 first graders in less than 5 minutes. Come on.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jean

    President Obama never spoke on hating Caucasians. He wants to help all American people.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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