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. bmonteith

    I won't pretend to have the solution, but this CNN viewer's comments makes you think (not verbatim): 'One dude tries to blow up his shoe on an airplane and we all have to take off our shoes at the airport. Shooting after shooting and no response"

    December 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. EdD

    People need to relax. No one is going to magically take all of our guns away. The middle ground will be to enact the assault wepaons ban, which I agree with. Of course, that's not going to stop this type of event but it will appease some.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      No the assualt weapon ban was a joke in 1994 . GFYS Its not gonna happen.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparked

      The illusion of security and safety is what people want.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sparked

    Changing firearm laws or removing firearms won't fix anything. What was done was already illegal. Fix the people.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      What was the illegal part, having the guns or mowing down 20 children?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allen

    Gun Storage !!!

    December 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    To all the gun nuts, why do you need anything more than a hand gun for self protection or a rifle for hunting? Are you so deathly afraid that someone is going to break into your house that you have to have an semi-automatic weapon there so you can spray them with 20 bullets?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Why do you have more than one TV, car or computer......because you CAN.....same reason I CAN own more than one if I CHOOSE.

      You will NOT dictate to me on how I will live MY life.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      John, as you well know many home invasions are committed by a group of people at the same time. And semi-automatic guns do not "spray" as you so eloquently put it.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I imagine the mom of the guy who killed all these kids said the same thing. Too bad there are so many paranoid people like yourself who require automatic guns to make themselves feel safe.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pad

      Jeremy - society dictates to you how you are going to live your life in many ways everyday. Do you slow down in school zones? Do you drive the speed limit, or close to it? Do you leave handicap parking spaces open? Do you drive on the right side of the road? Do you go to work at a certain time?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      John....there were no automatic guns used on Friday....

      December 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Pad ...I come and go as I please without harming or infringing on anyone else rights...

      December 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      He had a semi-automatic rifle and two hand guns (sorry for leaving semi off). Based on the reports and the number of shots it would appear that the rifle was responsible for the majority of the damage, i.e. something that can rapidly fire multiple shots.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doggbreath

      Don't presume to tell me how I choose to protect my family, little man. The events that unfolded at that school have no bearing on the threats that the rest of us face everyday. You have no idea what it's like to live under the threat of major civil unrest. You come down to Miami, a city I've seen burn down around me regularly since 1980. It probably will again next year under the Zimmerman riots.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      John, (not the same one), I've lived around people all my life that have guns, and have never been shot at, or anyone I know have been shot at. 40% of the population is armed. If everyone around me was unarmed, I would feel NOT safe, because it takes the police about 20 minutes to arrive, and in those minutes... the criminal can do what ever he/she wants, and leave, because they'd be armed and no one else would be able to stop them... much like the school that day. The criminal shot himself after he had killed as much as he wanted to, before the armed first responders arrived to stop him. It's that time delay, that did them in, because no one was armed and able to become the first responder... so he could kill himself early on.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. aciv

    Turkey friers, knives, car bombs, electricity, and caffeine kill people. Ban coffee, turkey, steak, cars, and electricity. I love America, if I wanted to live as a Socialist, I'd move to Cuba

    December 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Samuel Nkobo

    Who has killed more people? Private citizens with guns or governments with guns? Answer me that, and then we may be able to decide who should have guns and who should not.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. streetheat

    A ban on all assault style weapons is a good place to start. They are good for only one thing......assaults!

    December 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      Is that what policemen use them for, to assault people? Or do they use them to defend themselves and others? Good people deserve every chance to defend themselves. You do not have the right to dictate to them.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. MaryM

    Jeremy, I wonder how you feel about all the Children killed in America every year. LOOK at the faces of the innocent children killed .

    December 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      Mary 333 babys are aborted every year think of that for a min. They actually SWIM against the vacuum that is sucking them out of the womb.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      My bad thats 333 a day. A DAY.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lj

    STOP. All of you, please just STOP. Take a moment to imagine the absolute terror these women and children experienced. That young man used a gun with bullets that were designed to inflict as much internal damage as possible. Imagine a child, only 6 years old, looking down to see blood and a gaping hole in their abdomen. Imagine what they saw. One child had 11 bullet wounds. It sickens me that so many of you can carry on with your ridiculous diatribes in the face of such heartbreak.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Thanks for that sobering comment. Thank you!

      December 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      I will not leave my children defenseless against such an attack. That is what I am thinking of. I will keep them safe. They are my responsibility. They are not yours or the policeman's responsibility. Let me do my job as a husband and a father.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    It is time to ban all automatic and semi-automatic guns. No exceptions. They are useless for anything except killing people. And don't give me crap about protecting ourselves from a dictatorship. Even if we had one, which we don't and hopefully never will, do you seriously think any gun you own could stand up to the power of the U.S. military. It is time to put aside the politics and do what is right, and get these deadly guns off the streets to the maximum extent possible so more don't needless die. And the other thing we need to do is properly fund mental health services. Imagine the number of lives that could be saved if we spent what we spend on one aircraft carrier on mental health services instead!

    December 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      333 babys a day are aborted in the USA . What rite do we give up to stop this?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @George W.

      Are you mad? Are you really using one kind of KILLING to justify ANOTHER? What kind of non-sense logic is that?

      Have you lost it? Are you a PSYCHO?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      If your gonna ban guns because babys are dying why isnt anything done to stop abortions. 333 a day mike across the us and no flags at half staff. No 24/7 news coverage just some hot air and a hidden agenda laid on the backs of dead children.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdD

      No Mike. I think George is calling you a hypocrite. Like so many others you claim to want to protect life and are so outraged by this event but the US murders many more babies everyday and where is your outrage at that?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      The people of Afghanistan are doing very well standing up to your army. Would you not agree?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      You will have to take them from my cold dead hands. While this was a horrible crime, it does not mean we should not be allowed to own semi automatic weapons.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      You are right. One person with one gun is no match for the US military. But if all 312 million people in the us just had one gun......A poll found that 47% if Americans have at least one gun in the home. That is no match.
      No one in there right mind would go up against the American citizens. Our government knows this and so does the rest of the world. This is one of the main reasons we have never been invaded. And keeps our own government from going into total tyranny.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      no its not, dead kids are dead your telling me to give up my rights because a few people have flipped out. but the media has hyped this up beyond reason. mentally fubar kids need a place to be put. with out taking away my rights

      December 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    I agree .. semi-automatic and automatic assault weapons are simply meant to maximize the number of people killed in a given amount of time. No one needs that for self-defense. On the other hand, they are only perfect for mass murders.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Mike I ask you will you get rid of those guns???

      December 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Nkobo

      Mike thinks that people are only attacked by lone men who stand very still if you miss them and need to reload your weapon.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Outlawing guns is not the answer. Bad people will always find a way. Look at guns used and over 3K people lost their life.

      The very first murder in the world was done using a rock......and to this day we do not have rock bans.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      How many people can one kill in a minute using a rock?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    yes but the loose-canons would most likely be without their semi-automatic assault weapons to fire with.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EdD

    I understand and agree with the need to protect our children. I even agree with banning high capacity weapons. However, protecting our children is not going to be acheived simply by spouting unrealistic ideals. People intent on mass murder have options. They choose guns because it is the easy choice but, make no mistake, there are other options that would do as much or more harm. We cannot ban our way to safety. The best we can do is put some controls in place to try and reduce the possibility. However, if we are serious about protecting our children then let's get serious and allow our schools to have trained volunteers(teachers or administrators) in the use of LTL weapons and tactics. If anyone of those teachers or principle had a police grade STUN gun and the training to use it, this event could have easily gone another way.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
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