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. Jack

    Do you know what's even better than an assault rifle at shooting an entrance into a building and the causing maximum carnage?

    Answer: a shotgun.

    But politicians want to suck up to their ignorant voters by offering pointless legislation that simply won't get the job done.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jah-Roam Milliscone

    Dear CNN,

    Please go back to reporting the news on TV. I'm tired of this sensational reporting on a tragedy. People only care because you show it so much. Stop treating this as a reality TV show and get back to the events that effect the nation. I understand you need ratings, but Americans need to be informed about important issues. Where's the fiscal cliff talks? What about Kerry and his Senate seat? We're on the brink of another economic downturn and we're being forced to watch, on all stations, the retelling of this story. There's nothing new since the first 24 hours are over. This is why our electorate is not only divided but less educated on important issues.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L.Sanfod

    DISGRACEFUL! This is the United Stats of America NOT the U.S.of NRA.

    Justice Dept. Shelved Ideas to Improve Gun Background Checks

    Department proposed an expansion of the background-check system, but it remains unclear whether the Obama administration will take on the powerful gun-rights lobby.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

    #1 Close the loophole that allows unlimited purchase of firearms at gun shows without a background check.

    #2 Ban assault weapons.

    #3 To those of you who say folks should be able to buy assault weapons to protect themselves from our government, you do realize you are saying that our military and law enforcement personnel would turn on a dime, stop
    protecting us and attack us – right?

    December 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If the GOP policies are proven failures, how do you account for the drop in crime rates? Or do you base all your decisions on one tragedy?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveiweevie

      Go to a gun show. The last place you'd worry about getting shot. You may learn something. Some of the most responsible Americans you will ever meet.
      Go to a OWS protest. Fear for your life.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogM

      GOP is called right wing in political discourse but they are on the WRONG side in everything... Here are some in random order...
      1. Gun control
      2. Women's reproductive rights
      3. Gender equality
      4. Minority issues
      5. Gay rights
      6. Immigration reform
      7. Taxing the rich
      8. Global warming
      9.Environment pollution
      10. Foreign policy.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedom

      LOL, look at you, turning this into a left vs right thing.
      You truly are lost in the brainwashing of mass media.
      This guy broke 3 gun laws; possession of a hand gun under the age of 21, carrying a gun on ones person without a CCW, and possession of a fire arm on public elementary school grounds.

      more laws will TOTALLY prevent this from happening again.
      yeah, no. The only thing that would have prevented this would be a better understanding of mental illness in our society, or more armed guards / staff on school grounds.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedom

      LogM,
      >10. Foreign policy.
      You realize your precious liberal party is responsible for murdering children and civilians via drone strikes, right? you realize the Nobel peace winning Obama has engaged our nation in 3 new conflict zones in 4 years?

      where is the anti-war left?
      oh, thats right, calling everyone else a racist.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Van Krunk

      It takes a gun to stop a gun! Gun free zones are killing fields! If one of the office personnel had been armed this would have stopped at the front door saving so many life's!!! Such a sad day which could have been avoided.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogM

      @Freedom: what would have prevented this is removing access of guns to this guy. Best way to do this is to ban those weapons

      December 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogM

      @Van Krunk: So the rest of the developed world is killing fields and USA is a land of peace? Your solution is that everyone should greet everyone else with a gun because you never know when someone will fire at you? Great way to go forward.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EVIL IN AMERICA

    Since prayer was taken out of the schools in 1963, violent crime has increased 544%. So why would anyone complain why GOD wasn't there when God has been kicked out from public schools and places? Stop your ignorance and complaining. IF you want God to protect this nation, RETURN back to God.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheldon

      Right. Because we've supposedly "kicked god out of school" he decided to let a bunch of 6 & 7 year olds die. Some god.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily Larson

      That is the dumbest thing I have ever read. Your stupidity is really amazing. First of all, your "god" is a little weenie if a law is going to keep him out of a school. Secondly, religion has been responsible for most of the carnage in human history. And finally, you god botherers are the problem. Grow up.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Bear

      Your "God" committed infanticide; I hold him in the same regard as this piece of trash.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      god isn't going to help anybody, PEOPLE help people

      December 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Wilson, Canada

      You are a mental case and I truly hope, for the sake of America, that you do NOT own any guns.

      I am so sick of hearing about God. It's ALL a bunch of ridiculous BS!

      Now, please "pray for me" so I don't go to hell.

      Steve Wilson, an atheist "and then some."

      December 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnS

      Nonsense! Per capita crime has declined across the board since 1972. Reducing even unintentional religious intimidation doesn't negate God's influence. Praying with my sons while driving them to school was more meaningful than a mandatory minute in the midst of school distractions.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike from Calgary

    Hearts broken ... people in other countries look at Americans clinging to their guns and the terrible toll it take weekly on young Americans and shake their heads. It looks more like what is broken is in the brain or the mind of Americans, who are afraid to speak about the violent ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM to which the Republican Party clings.

    Why does nothing get done while the body count rises in the USA. Because Americans are terrified, not of al queda or North Koreans, but of the intimidating and dangerous terrorism of the NRA.

    BETTER NOT GET THE NRA/REPUBLICANS MAD BECAUSE .... THEY HAVE GUNS!

    NOTHING WORSE THAN A MAD GUN OWNER ... just ask the people of Newton, or Aurora or Columbine or Austin or DC or Tucson or and ask WHY NOTHING GETS DONE.

    The real terrorists are not in Pakistan or Iran ... but rather the Americans clinging to their guns and to their NRA cards and to their Republican party!

    December 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveiweevie

      Your ignorance on the subject is profound.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      lets take a look at the facts

      facts: in countries where guns are outlawed, there is relatively zero gun violence

      in countries that have no laws on guns, violence is rampant....just look at somalia, afghanistan, iraq etc....guns everywhere, violence everywhere.....now look at britain, when was their last mass shooting?? oh wait, not since they banned guns in the entire country

      December 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedom

      you are an absolute slave to the ignorance mass media preaches.
      you will do just fine in the new coming police state. don't worry, it'll be here in a few years.
      Baaaa-bbaaabBAAAAA

      December 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedom

      Israel,
      you are SO wrong. LOL!
      Mexico and Brazil have MUCH higher gun related crimes than the USA, and they have more restrictive gun laws than we do.
      the UK saw gun crime DOUBLE from 1996 to 2003 after the mass shooting there.
      Chicago has some of the most dangerous streets in the nation, and yet guns are practically illegal.

      stop being so ignorant and spreading lies.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knotty Boy

      Would you love us if we suddenly became just like you, utterly impotent and passive; would you feel better if we simply surrendered to socialism, let the U.N. dictate our domestic law and then just cowered in our corner of the world? How about we just all commit suicide on Dec 21st? Of course, we'd use devices legal in Canada to accomplish that so as to not offend you by our deaths.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike from Calgary

      American are parlyzed, cowering and afraid to take on the NRA. We're great at going to war against non-existent weapons of mass destruction in another country, but when it comes to dealing with terrorists in our own country, we cower ... and so the massacres and the tally roll on unabated, The NRA has Americans afraid to speak out publicly or to take any overt action stop it and the proliferation of lethal weapons.

      Time for the right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment to protect America from tyranny? Strike me that the tyrants emanates from the NRA itself.

      Rather than being the National Rifle Association, A MORE FITTING MONIKER WOULD BE .....

      December 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein had already planned this revised gun act, this crime just gives her a boost as they did for the original gun ban. Everyone that has seen their inner working know that a total gun ban is their end game. In the mean time divide and conquer one segment at a time until there is no one left to fight.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. S. Eliasson

    Semi AuTomAtic guNs
    Read the caps.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveiweevie

      lol. Nice try, genius
      Please don't shoot anyone.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Bear

      Stop bringing fictional characters into the discussion; God, Satan, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy ... There is a fixable problem that needs to be addressed. 2nd Amendment zealots need to take a back seat to the right to life.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Van Krunk

      I'm sure we can come up with some cleaver way to spell "Eliasson" too 🙂

      December 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nflsuperfan

    What is wrong with society and especially "men" of this age taking their frustrations out on people around them? I have lost hope for humanity and am so glad I chose not to bring children into this ever degrading society of animals.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jwarino

    test

    December 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GunControlNotEnuf

    Good point momof3. Also, I'm not anti gun control, but the bad guys will always find a gun or use other means such as running a car into a crowd or use easily made crude bombs. You will always have the "sicko's" in the world, some mentally ill some not. I'm starting to think that psychological profiling is not a bad area to look for a solution. But even that is looking for a needle in a haystack. There have been "sicko's" (and guns) in the world for all times, so why is it that in more recent times these horrific incidents are occurring more often? Too much violence in movies? Too much violence in games? Loss of parental involvement? Maybe all of it? I'm not opposed to getting guns off the streets, but I highly question if it will reduce these type of crimes. Like I said, they'll get the guns on a street corner or use other means. Guns scare me (I would never own one,) but from what I've heard, the states that allow people to carry guns have the lowest crime rates – makes one wonder why. The way I see it, looking only at gun control is too simplistic and not the overall answer here.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dras

    NRA should offer mental treatment with membership

    December 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. segmation

    Such a tragedy. Let us not forget!

    December 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ghostmule

    They need to fence in all school and have security check points at the entrance, just like they do for other important businesses. They do this at airports and trucking distribution companies, so why wouldnt they with schools? The check points would allow for searches and also, no one can get pass the check point without being fully checked out. It may take time each day, but you can see why it's so important.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • teachu

      I couldn't agree with you more. I am a teacher in an elementary school, and you're right about security being the number one priority. Just like 911 changed airport security rules, this tragedy needs to change school security requirements. I don't care how much it costs. I hope the government passes a law stating federal security requirements for every school in this country. There is virtually no security in our schools when you compare it to the security of most businesses.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LogM

    Why is this fascination with weapons of mass destruction? We don't carry chemical, biological and nuclear weapons at home but then why do we keep assault weapons?

    December 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedom

      civialns dont have assault weapons; assault weapons are capable of full auto fire.
      civilians carry semiautomatic weapons. just because it looks scary, does not make it an assault weapon. a .223 rifle in modern ar-15 configuration does all the same things as a 1960's .223 military carbine. They are both simi-automatic.

      please get off your high horse of ignorance, and go do some research into guns.
      i doubt you could even unload one if it were handed to you.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogM

      @Freedom: You are right. I can't load one. I'm not a hypocrite. Go and tell these differences in the guns to the relatives of those victims of massacre. They will be happy to know?

      December 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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