December 17th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Connecticut governor backs stricter gun control

- First funerals for two of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School are Monday
- Six adults and the shooter are also dead after shootings 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

[Update 5:45 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Monday allowing Newtown to send its schoolchildren to Chalk Middle School in the town of Monroe so the children won't have to return to the scene of Friday's massacre of students and teachers.

[Update 4:01 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy supports stricter federal gun control, Malloy said during a press conference Monday in Hartford.

"Do I think Washington, D.C., needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun-control laws at the federal level? You bet I do," he told reporters.

Malloy, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman attended the funeral Monday of Noah Pozner, one of the 20 children killed in Friday's shooting.

During the press conference, Malloy called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, exactly one week after the deadly school shooting.

[Update 3:58 p.m. ET] Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Monday a plan to review school safety in Virginia.

[Update 3:52 p.m. ET] The U.S. Postal Service has established an address where people can send letters of condolence to the people of Newtown, the service's Maureen Marion tells CNN. Here is the address:

Message of Condolence
PO Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470

[Update 2:43 pm ET] According to a judgment filed in 2009, the parents of gunman Adam Lanza divorced because of  "irreconcilable difference,"  "as a result of which the marriage of the parties has broken down irretrievably."

Peter Lanza was ordered to pay Nancy Lanza alimony this year of $289,800. The order also required Peter Lanza to
pay the cost of both of the couple's two children's four-year college educations and graduate school programs, pay for Adam Lanza's car and maintain a $3 million life insurance policy naming his ex-wife as beneficiary.

[Update 1:58 pm ET] Investigators are searching smashed computer parts for clues that might shed light on the Connecticut school shooting, including e-mails gunman Adam Lanza might have sent and websites he might have visited, a law enforcement official said Monday. CNN's Carol Cratty reports that the official did not know how many computers were seized from the home where Lanza lived, but the official thinks there was more than one. A second law enforcement official said investigators had removed computers from the house, but would not comment on their condition.

[Update 1:49 pm ET] Sandy Hook Elementary gunman Adam Lanza took classes at Western Connecticut State University at age 16, school spokesman Paul Steinmetz told CNN's Josh Levs on Monday.

Lanza had a GPA of 3.26 with an A in a computer class, an A-minus in American history and a B in macroeconomics, Steinmetz said. He dropped German and computer science classes.

Lanza took his last class in the summer of 2009, Steinmetz said.

[Update 1:33 pm ET] Gun violence such as the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting is a "complex problem," and "no single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address" it, White House spokesman Jay Carney says.

[Update 1:05 pm ET] Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress that would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office confirmed Monday.  The senator from New Jersey is another member of the upper chamber with plans to put forth legislation limiting gun rights. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday she'll reintroduce an assault weapons ban when Congress reconvenes in January. Read the full story.

[Update 1:01 pm ET] Connecticut police say the investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings will take a substantial  amount of time. No more briefings are scheduled for Monday, they said.

[Update 12:56 pm ET] There was no connection between Sandy Hook Elementary School and the gunman who opened fire there last week, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters Monday, citing school authorities in Newtown, Connecticut.

[Update 9:56 am ET]  Investigators will examine every round fired during Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said Monday. Twenty-six people were killed in the school and most were shot multiple times, police have said.

[Update 9:45 am ET] Two adults who were wounded in Friday's school shooting in Connecticut survived, State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters Monday. The adults "suffered gunshot wounds and are recovering," he said.

[Update 9:42 a.m. ET] Officials will reopen schools other than Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, on Tuesday, state police say. Sandy Hook may be closed for months.

[Update  9:36 a.m. ET] Sandy Hook Elementary School will remain closed indefinitely as the investigation continues, state police tell a news conference today.

[Update 6:34 a.m. ET] School shooting fears spread Sunday to Bristol, Connecticut, about 30 miles from Newtown, police are saying today. They said they arrested a juvenile on Sunday for allegedly making a threat against Bristol Central High School, but police Lt. Jack Michaud said no one was ever in any danger.

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  1. Carla

    All – Please, please, please share my blog. What I don't understand about this senseless killing in Newtown and all others is that everyone is dismissing the parents in all of this. What you will find is that ALL OF THESE PARENTS KNEW THAT THERE KIDS HAD PROBLEMS AND DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT...I'm tired of everyone questioning and blaming the gun laws, President Obama, other elected officials, etc. Caring for the children starts with the parents paying attention to their kids. THE PARENTS NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FIRST!!! COME ON PEOPLE – STOP GIVING THESE PARENTS A BREAK AS THEY KNOW THEIR KIDS ARE MENTALLY ILL!! This just makes me sick!!! IT STARTS AT HOME PEOPLE!!! Stop letting your kids lock themselves in their rooms and tell you not to enter, etc....THAT'S A SIGN!!! Why would a parent train their child, who has ISSUES, to operate fire arms? ...and why would families need those types of me I think families like that need to be questioned about their mental capacity!!! To me, this is simple...THE PARENTS ARE THE PROBLEM!!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • LuckyNH

      Carla - I agree that parents play an important role in recognizing and treating children with mental illness. But the picture is somewhat more complex than what you lay out. Often, severe mental illness has its onset in the late teens and early twenties and it can strike in a stealthy way so that even those closest to an individual don't realize what is going on until it is full-blown. How do I know? I have a sibling who developed schizophrenia in the late teens. My parents recognized that something was wrong and did all they could to get the right treatment. The sad story is that the mental health system in our country is woefully inadequate. It is a scandal, really. Couple that with the fact that the average person still attaches tremendous stigma to mental illness and you have a real big problem. Parents are in a very tough spot. In this particular case it seems that the young man had an ongoing condition - but this is often not the case.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Ania

      Carla, it seems like you know everything. RIP to all those lil angels, RIP to all the school officials and RIP to Nancy and her son Adam. I cant imagine what went on in his head in order for him to do this.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • hannah

      Well, in this case, the parent is dead, isn't she!

      December 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • tina

      Let me start by saying that no one should have to die like that! Second Adams mom knew he had a mental problem WHY did she leave those weapons unlocked! Had they been locked we wouldn't be in this place we are now. May they all rest in peace.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Mental illness is as serious as cancer. Good people fall victim to mental illness. Parents of the mentally ill often can't come to terms that their child is sick. It's hard to admit with all the stigmas put on mental illness you feel like a failure as a parent from the start. The kind of bashing you are doing ony feeds the fire of the stigma that people feed into. Rather than begging everyone in the world to read your blog, you should take the time to make a blog worth while to read. We need to open the dialect on mental illness more in this country. It's not all about gun laws it's laws that allow victims of mental illness a right to a cure without stigmas. Present an educated case next time you promote yourself please and God bless.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      The shooter they say, had a form of Autism, and the mother pulled him out of the public school to home school him...School can be really hard and confusing for kids with Autism...The schools 15 years ago were not trained to handle kids with Autism or other problems like hyperactive kids....

      December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Well Behaved

      Hi Carla,

      I don't think there is a single one cause to this issue of school shootings/violence/massacres. We all have a role to play in reporting troubling behavior-but the issue is many of us don't know what those signs are, or only see one sign but not the whole picture. Parents may see the signs, but are in denial because it's their kid and they love them. There is lack of communication across all systems. There is a general acceptance and glamorization of violence in the media (tv, movies, music lyrics, etc). There is still a culture of stay out of people's business. Kids are routinely getting ostracized and bullied by their peers without consequences to those who are the "bullies".

      This is not a question of what was the single cause, but how can we as a nation come together and create change from the root causes of violence. We need to stop blaming one person, one group, one policy-but look at the whole picture.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Artifex

      Carla: I agree the problem is mental illness, but what exactly do you expect the parents to do? There is little to no assistance for mental health issues we see time and again behind these things unless the perpetrators are violent and can be arrested. Even then, there is no more than a small chance that anything can/will be done. There are very, very few mental institutions that can or will take mentally ill kids/people, and no way to pay for it (hence the few institutions). Parents of children that they think may be a threat have little to no legal, financial, or medical recourse. They can't stay home and watch the kids 24/7, they have to work. They can't on their own solve their kids mental issues by "loving them more," disciplining them more or bringing more religion into their lives. Obviously they can't just chain them in a room because for starters that would be against the law. So, you have a mentally ill kid that has not been particularly violent all their life, doesn't qualify for any type of care, and you have to work for a living. What do you do, exactly (besides not collecting assault weapons)? Where do you turn?

      December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jamielockard

      Could not have said it better myself Carla.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I write this as I am getting ready to clean my pistol. I shoot in a pistol league. We shoot nothing but paper targets...not animals or people. I gave up shooting for 24 years while I had youngsters in the house. Now it is just by wife and I again, and I have a pistol again. I keep it locked all the time in the house, and keep my ammo stashed away from the pistol. Responsible gun ownership starts with adults locking up their guns away from children and others who should not have access to them. Semiautomatic pistols are no more dangerous than revolvers. I know someone who can shoot just as fast and accurate with a revolver as I can with a pistol. There is no need nor place in our society for magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, nor is there a place for assualt rifles.

      I wish people would stop saying "guns kill people", because we all know they can. As can cars, steak knives, baseball bats, lawn mowers, chain saws, hammers, frying pans, etc...because all these things have killed people at one point or another. Let's stop the cause of the crime, not the vehicle used to commit the crime. A society more tolerant of differences, with less violence in our everyday lives. Acting like the lynch mob after frankenstein is not going to solve societies ills. It just reminds me of a witch hunt when everybody starts chanting "ban all guns" in unison, because that will only force the ill to select the next most efficient vehicle for murder, and you will see a lot more IED's going off in malls and movie theaters like they are seen in the middle east.

      I need to clean my gun now because I am shooting "paper" tonight.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      It would go a long way if all gun owners were required to be as resposible as you are, David. But, unfortunately, they are not so required.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      People + Guns = massacre of innocent people
      In order to break that equation up you have to get rid of one of the first parts to that equation. Those of you who cry, "don't take my guns," Do you propose we take away the "people" part of that equation? If so, how do you plan to carry that out? This is the logical way to look at it. No politics or personal beliefs involved. Just a simple math equation of the facts.
      What is the main reason a gun was invented? To kill people. Not shoot at paper. was used to hunt animals, but in this day and age....hunting is not required to live. We have supermarkets and restaraunts that feed us. So what logical reason is there to make guns available to "joe blow" on the street? None. Who cares if they "like" to hunt. The government can create programs where they hand out guns for a shooting party to control animal population. After the animals that pose the problem are killed then the citizens give the guns (that have tracking systems and which you handed over your photo id for) back to the park rangers who then turn them back over to the government for safe keeping. Sure. Other things kill people. But cars are practical items and knives could be deflected if self defense is learned, plus the attacker would not be able to kill as many people in a public setting if there was atleast one person who could disarm a knife. People bent on killing are going to kill. Lets not make weapons that people can not escape, easier for these killers to get a hold of. Why can people not think logically anymore? Why does some one always have to cry politics or "I can do what I want" ?

      December 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • LightWriter

      The Big question is what has changed in our society in the last 4 decades? These horrendous types of acts did not start happening with such frequency until the 1960's. Previously there were incidents of people loosing it but not at the epidemic rates we have seen from the late 1980's to now. There are many variables that make this a much larger and complex problem than simply guns or mental illness.

      Could it be:
      Instability of the American Family? How many of these criminals come from a broken or unstable home?

      Desensitized to violence. Watch any TV or play some of the popular video games?

      Processed foods contain all kinds good stuff. What does it do to a developing mind?

      No moral compass. Can't show the Ten Commandments in public spaces?

      American Culture is fixated of Fame that usually has no basis or elevates individuals for the wrong reasons i.e. Lindsey Lohan, Kato Kaelin or any TV reality star. Who cares if you didn't get voted off the stupid island!

      American Gansta sort of music that glorifies wearing you pants funny and lifestyle where life has very little meaning. But hey its just music.

      Culture that prefers the quick fix for any problem. Just take a pill the doctor will prescribe one for even imaginary symptoms. Oh, little Johnny does not behave well in school, will give him some ritalin or other mind altering drug.

      Political correctness and emasculation of the American male. I am sure I'll get lambasted for this but how does a young impressible testosterone filled mind handle a culture that inundates with messages that are counter to what his body is telling him. Just google Emasculation of the American Male.

      So, you through in all these variables at a developing young mind and what do you get, especially if this is a person does have unstable brain chemistry. Confusion, conflict, frustration, anger and hopelessness with no sense of right or wrong and then we wonder why these things happen.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Benn

    This tragedy is so sad I'm trying to avoid all news related to it. How could anyone harm a small child? It is beyond terrible.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • thora jackson

      i think that the man was troubled but he should of not of taken it out on children

      December 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Are they looking into the possibility that the shooter, Adam, had a child? Could he be a blood relative (blood parent) of any of them?

      Could Adam had been sexually abused when he was just 13 or 14, and fathered a child???

      December 17, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Don't worry when the gray area truth will be learned the second amendment will not be questioned. Band all violent video games which small children freealy are exposed to regardless of adult content rating wich is a joke.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Lacey

      Yea, and lets not forget to ban all television shows, movies and music along with all devices that can recieve them. That will solve everything! Sarcasm =/

      December 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carlos

    Thank you Cnn for the remembering the lives cut short video; all should watch.
    Also please learn more about SSRI's as they really were the core cause of this and others like this event.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      So you have access to Lanza's medical records? Do tell!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazke

      Carlos, SSRI's have helped sooo many people, including myself. Your comment was inaccurate and irresponsible.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Carlos. Welcome to CNN blogs. I haven't seen you here before. Where are you from?

    December 17, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Altered Perspectives

    It's rather odd how some individuals loving concern for children is determined by what flag flies over said children.
    For example, Iraqi and Palestinian children are children too.
    What sort of person views a child through a national flag? You lower your flags for lesser reasons than abused children. Ditch your blind allegiance to a flag and shed tears for all abused children, not just those who happened to be born in the same country you happened to be born in. ty

    December 17, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ndeye

    I am a teacher and a mother of three young children. My heart is breaking. I feel like all those twenty children were mine. I did not get out of bed all day yesterday. My soul has been punctured by the horrible death of these children. I cannot get the image of their beautiful angelic faces out of my head. We say children are the future, we say they are the ones who will carry the torch of life for generations to come. So why do we inflict fear, pain and harm to these little angels. May God welcome them all in his paradise. May their heavenly laughters echo in all earthly venues. May the breeze of their heavenly kiss touch the lives of all humanity and open our hearts to one another.
    To their families, I pray to Allah to give them the strength to carry on with their lives and to celebrate the beautiful short memories their shared with their children.
    For all the teachers who lost their lives , your heroic actions saved many lives. You made the ultimate sacrifice to shield and save God's little angels. Your dwelling in Heaven is your everlasting reward. They call you teachers, but you are beyond that. You are protectors, guardians, friends, counselors , mothers , sisters and aunts. May you reap in Heaven , the good seeds you saw on earth.
    To those who survived, hold your heads up high, for you have change many lives forever. You shielded, you comforted, your hugged, you inspired and you guided the surviving children to safety. The world is forever grateful to you. May you find it in your heart the strength to heal.
    May ALLAH Bless us all.


    December 17, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. the prophet

    @carlos so what you saying is that prescription meds are the catalyst for the trigger ?

    December 17, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. the prophet

    @philip hi how u been

    December 17, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. travis johnson

    don lemons needs to educate himself about guns. to say that shooting a animal with an assault weapon would destroy the animal is classic america. gun control isnt the answer, wake up america, drug offenders get more prison time than a child sex predator. dont allow the "children" to be the pawn of a scared society. stop making excuses. take the power back.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Brad

    violent video games + guns

    explicit movies + guns

    Mental illness + guns

    Crime of passion + guns

    Simple math, what is the common variable in the algorithims above? Guns....

    To ignore the 500 lb gorilla (guns) in the equation is insane, we need to get rid of at least the weapons that can mass kill dozens in a mater of seconds/minutes. I don't want to hear the paranoid gun lovers say, "I need that gun if Russia should invade" it surely isnt used for hunting.

    The bully NRA and its money and backers are behind this, they are protecting the business of guns at the expense of humanity....shame on them!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      Nice attempt here Brad but your common thread here is mental illness,not the guns.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Really? you looked right past the guns? obviously you havent been listening, there are many triggers and a totally sane person when encountering the perfect storm of issues can snap and if there is a "Rambo" style gun readily avaialble all the ingredients are there for something to happen like it did last friday.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      This repsonse just floors me that I had to respond twice "Nice attempt here Brad but your common thread here is mental illness,not the guns."
      So our choice is get rid of all Mentally Ill people vs getting Rid of Mass Killing Guns guns....hmmmmmm. WWJD?

      December 17, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Even liberals are forced to admit when pressed that NO law could have made something like this impossible, but no one talks about the one thing that absolutely would've made this tragedy impossible: A GUN SAFE!!! The mother is just as responsible as her son because she knew he had mental problems yet did nothing to prevent him from having access to her legally owned weapons. What to pass a law? Make it a felony if firearms which are improperly secured are stolen and used in a crime.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • thora jackson

      i do not understand the math. but any one can say we have to much violence in the us

      December 17, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Tyler, I agree, that's a start, but it doesnt address the "Root Cause" for example, you throw an indidual in jail becasue someone stole his unprotected "Mass Killing Gun" and killed dozens of people, thats to late! Like I have been saying why are we ignoring the 500 lb gorilla – Multi Magazine Guns/Semi Automatic's/ these guns are only good for one thing.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      Wish I could agree with you Brad except for the fact that guns dont get mental illness,people do.Guns can be made a scapegoat but they didnt pull their own triggers.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Canadian right?

      December 17, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      True Fityfive55, but a metally ill person without a Mass Killing Gun is just mentally ill, do we really need those guns that bad? cant live without them, more lke you are likely to live longer without them.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • TheElder

      Brad: Let's not overlook the VERY important point: Those guns didn't kill was the mentally disturbed guy with his fingers on the triggers that did the killing. A gun is only a tool. Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have them.

      A steak knife can kill as many people if not more (no magazines to change out), it just takes longer....perhaps we should outlaw golf clubs....Lord knows how many people could die from an angry golfer out on the course.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Here is what I think . The kid is smart he wanted to take care of himself . He wanted to be on his own . His Mom the
      teachers had a problem with that . He wanted a job , so it twisted his mind real bad . So sad man , just give a kid a
      break in life . It came to me in a dream .

      December 17, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • rkdres

      Sorry Brad, but I cannot agree with you. Your solution is to punish the VAST majority of legal, responsible, law-abiding gun owners because of the actions of an extreme minority. You can't cherry pick which freedoms should be preserved and which should be taken away. How about considering the dizzying array of pharmaceuticals some children with "mental" problems receive these days. We all see the commercials for this crap, and they always have these disclaimers that say "if you're depressed or have thoughts of suicide, do not take this drug....". Hmmmmmm. How come they are allowed to market this garbage directly to your living room? I don't see any liberals getting mad at this. This is a smoking gun which no one wants to confront. Couple mental issues with powerful prescription drugs and this can be a deadly thing. However, I will say this – I agree with you regarding violence in video games, movies, tv shows etc. I think we have a major problem going on in society with how desensitized and detached our children are becoming due to immersion in violent themed content. As a parent I try my best to shield my kids from this type of "entertainment".

      December 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Brad, you are ignoring the actionable common denominator, the person that commits the acts. Without that the act does not happen. And where do those people get those idea's and become numb to the aspects of Violence? The answer is in the perpetuation of violence in Hollywood movies, television and graphic video games. Kids are bombarded with it and Hollywood tries to deny this and hide behind the 1st ammendment. Ultimately our society has broken down because of political correctness and the removal of god and prayer in schools. Cotrary to some beliefs there is no part of the constitution that has a separation of church and state. Also taking dicipline out of schools and teaching personal responsibility has been lost. Try there before you ban things that require human action. Also you can look to the political leaders of this country that have spent Billions of Dollars to divide the nation instead of bring us together. I am talking both parties are guilty of this and we need to come together as a country.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • cm3uk

      Brad is right. Yes, guns don't kill people, but what is the primary purpose of an assault rifle?

      The answer, to KILL people.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • preacher

      The problem is access. Yes many gun owners are stable individuals who collect guns because they appreciate the craftmenship etc. but if the guns are accessible by family members or burglars, that's a problem. Guns are not toys but people treat them as if they were. Anyone can snap (good person, bad, old, young) it doesn't matter. How may times have you had a disagreement with your spouse and felt out of control? Guns are designed to kill people, thats it, nothing else, and I will never pretend that my guns serve some other purpose. But realistically, I believe that the first step is to design a reliable locking mechanism for guns to prevent accidental or unauthorized use. We are never going to arrive at laws that satisfy everyone so we need to look at how these weapons are designed and tracked.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You won't believe how many people, like me, that shoot nothing but paper, or clay, targets with their guns (there are many many thousands of us). Should I/we be penalized for the 3 or 4 crazies each year that try the mass murder approach to gun ownership? Why not ban fertilizer from all farmers because somebody tries making bombs out of them? How about banning cars because somebody made a car bomb out of one. You may think you have solved the problem by banning guns, but all you have done is forced the crazy to choose another vehicle to kill it knives, swords, IED's, etc. The crazy guy is still out there...find the cure for what make society killing movies, mass killing xbox/playstation games teaching our children that violence is acceptable, etc. It is our cultural society that condones violence, not the guns themselves that are the problem. Did we have this problem in the 50's-60's when just as many people had guns with more lax gun laws? No, and we didn't have the violence in the media we see today either. Find the cause and then work on the solution. To take stabs in the dark just takes away our freedoms while accomplishing nothing.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Enough with the BS. I am tired of hearing "Guns don't kill people, people kill people".
      No People with guns kill people. Take away their guns no one gets killed.
      Don't try tell me a killer will find another way to kill. Show me one instance where a person with a knife killed 26 people in one morning with a knife

      December 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      Ohh ohhh, another common thread is that they are all male. Should we ban all males? Come on... it's so much deeper and more complex than "ban the guns!"

      December 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fiftyfive55

    Everyday closer we get to Dec.21(end of the world),the more of these nuts we are going to hear about.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Texhimself

      I agree. These gun nuts that cannot accept evidence or truth are actually funny.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Derek

    It's absurd that CNN news anchors and reporters on the ground blame the NRA for the killings at Sandy Hook when it wasn't the NRA – it was a crazed murderer who lived in that local community – who committed this crime. And shame on CNN anchors for injecting there own personal opinion into reporting the news. What will be the next 222-year old constitutional right you try to convince our neighbors to take away from us? Our free speech? Our church?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nancy J Nagler

    I ache in sorrow for the bloodshed in Connecticut. The pain those surviving must be overwhelming. I hope they can get competent, caring counseling and grief support.
    My frustration lies with the fact that the privacy and other laws prevent people from alerting others (doctors, counselors, etc) about incipient trouble. I have seen the coming disasters four times in the last 35 years, two suicides and two 'breakdowns' (substitute 'car crash') I knew they were coming, but in every case, no one could or would act. Is this a case of selfishness or isolationism? It is not how a true society/civilization should work.
    All my sorrow to those left behind. All my love to those who perished, even the one who pulled the trigger. The pain he must have had to do such a thing. God bless us every one.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Adeola Omole

    This is a distastrous @ this time of the year,attitudes of children begin from home:Mass media,peer,religious centres e.t.c are first introduced to their children either consciously or unconscious.Parents' traits,what they watch,say,sing,talk all have factors to play in the life of these children.The check mate should be done now before it gets out of hand.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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