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. Z

    The reality is this. 20 kids are dead. Several adults are dead. A mother, a gun man are dead, a brother has lost half of his family, individuals jump on this tragedy for personal gain, parties scream at each other over laws and whats the right thing to do, proffesionals make claims of what caused the tragedy, fingers are pointed, fights occur.

    And nothing changes afterwards because everyone eventually moves on, no changes are made that make a difference, and the cycle starts all over again when at some point, something like this occurs again. This is the cruel fact of reality and when you get to this point as I have in life with this view it makes everything ten times more tragic but nobody else will care.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    This suicide shooter left the entire nation in shock , hearts heavy with disbelieve and grief.
    Perhaps this act of terrorism will result in some common sense gun laws and that is the consolation this nation needs. NOW.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Clay

    Why is cnn not covering actual witness counts? There is so much evidence clearly indicating multiple (3) shooters. Check for yourself YouTube sandy hook 3 shooters

    December 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed Burger

    Parents or other caregivers of mentally handicapped persons should not be allowed to have firearms. If Mrs. Lanza had not had the firearms her son could not have committed this crime. He could not buy and would have to steal. Stealing would have alerted authorities. Keeping guns locked will never prevent a family member access to them. Locking simply keeps those away that might have a curiosity about them.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      There is a difference between mentally handicapped and mentally ill. And good luck identifying every mentally ill person in America! Oh, and going in and taking guns away should one of their family members ever be diagnosed later on.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • amber

      your wrong sir^ the oregon mall shooting was a result of a stolen gun and the incident in china was that of a knife wielder the twin towers was a box cutter and an air plane so saying anything about guns being the problem is ludicrous they will find a way~!

      December 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian David

    unbelieveable sadness. This father of three grieves with you.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. God?LoL

    You all are pathetic, this is like a debate on religion and politics. Think you are better than everyone because you are a Christian, even though how you repress your children from everything which makes them be rebellious. Look at all of the child molesters that are not registered because they haven't been caught yet. Gun laws are not the answer people!

    December 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. deb frantz

    heres a thought – courthouses have security guards – why cant schools – in my community there are – but not the walkthru screening machine- like the courthouses-why not at schools. if someone passes the machine with weapons have classrooms automatically do a lock down. granted that may only work if they walk in-but im sure the same if a window breaks as in the CT shooting

    December 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cam from Canada

    FYI Southerner I am from canada we have strict guns law some of you would say too strict but I would take that over this horrible tragedy Sometimes you can learn things if you look beyond your borders We ban all automatic and semi automatic weapons

    December 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      Thank you, Canada, for manufacturing high-capacity .Para-Ordnance .45s and selling them into the US.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan from Canada

      Semi automatic weapons are not banned or even restricted in Canada. I own one. I am also a firearms safety instructor. Canadians in rural areas own as many firearms as Americans do yet we don't shoot up the neighbourhood on a regular basis. The problem is cultural where it is legally acceptable to kill people just because you perceive a threat, whether or not it is real. New firearms laws won't change that. Redefining self defense to proportionate response will.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • religion&politics

      Well said Evan! The guns may exacerbate the problem, but they certainly did not cause the problem.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Timothy Thomas

    I'm hearing from reports that the mother knew Adam had problems. He was pulled out of school and home schooled, he was very sheltered by his mom, ect.... Well if she knew he had all these problems why would she keep all them guns in the home to begin with ?

    December 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chilly

    So to all that say they have the right to bear arms - A bazooka is a gun by definition. So as such, your arguing that you have the right to bear that arm. Kind of makes you wonder where the line needs to be drawn? There are people that I know that I am really ok with having a hand gun but would move to a different neighborhood if they had a bazooka. Just saying.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frediano

      But, you're OK with them having a car, capable of actually depllying a million ft-lbfs of destructive energy?

      Some of us actually paid attention to our HS Physics...

      December 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chilly

      @Frediano – Yes, you are right.. Lets see what comes from the analysis of his computer and see if there is a logical reason (at least in his mind) for what he did. However, I am concerned about your bringing a vehicle into the conversation. So in hopes that you are making a point – I would say that yes, legitimate people get licenses to drive and IF they so chose, they can drive as fast as they desire to do what ever they wish to do. It comes with the license. HS Physics really have nothing to do with it. You can chose to by a Hugo/Geo Metro or chose to drive a Lexus/Hummer and either way, if you lose yourself to a mental illness that is not diagnosed, either choice becomes a weapon or tool for destruction. If you are just bringing up the car to fuel a useless argument and try to get my feathers up, oh well, that will not happen. Good point about the licensing thing however, and we already do that. But bad poeple do not get the licence or buy the weapons – as a norm.

      December 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan from Canada

      A bazooka is not a "gun" nor is it legal to own one in the US.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chilly

      @evan – By Definition it is. However, I did not say they were legal. I was making a reference that just becuase it is a gun, should the 2nd amendment still allow them to have one.
      1.a weapon consisting of a metal tube, with mechanical attachments, from which projectiles are shot by the force of an explosive; a piece of ordnance.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan from Canada

      it is not a "gun" or even a firearm. ATF lists it as a "destructive device". It has nothing to do with this debate.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan from Canada

      A bazooka doesn't even meet the definition you posted since it does not fire a projectile by means of an explosive propellant. The rocket is self propelled. Learn about the topic before making comments. I was a volunteer in the US Army in rocket artillery.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chilly

      @Evan – Again, it is not about the semantics of a defintion. There are WEAPONS listed as guns that should never be owned by some people. Thank you for volunteering in the military. I just used it as a point of reference. Hand guns/riflies/shotguns are needed for various civilian needs, but there is really no reason to have fully automatic weapons outside of "a Zombie Appocolyps" as stated by one person earlier in one of these blogs. So just to clarify though, is the ATF the deciding factor on what a gun is and what type of weapon it is classified as? For legal purposes, are they the determining factor?

      December 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dotheflippin'math

    Brad, if your simple equation were true, every kid/person exposed to gun violence in movies and video games would be psychotic. Thankfully, that is not the case. Studies have shown no link between kids playing violent video games and then committing violent acts. What happened here, and in similar incidents? Children/young adults with mental disorders, especially "outcast" youths, who HAD ACCESS TO GUNS, used those guns against innocent people. I don't know what went on in that kid's head that made him want to kill poor little innocent children, but I would bet anything we wouldn't be grieving today if his mother didn't own those guns that he used. What kind of "hobby" is that for a middle-age woman to take up? Why the semi-automatic guns? Why 3? We know she knew her son was dangerous, just from the babysitter warnings. She had a fire waiting to ignite, and she supplied the gasoline. Most guns fired in the home, are fired at family members or friends. It's the complete opposite of safety and security. Guns are dangerous, especially with unstable people, or just little kids. You have a gun? LOCK IT UP – SECURELY!! Dumb time for NRA folks to get defensive. Kids kill kids every week, most by accident. Guns are dumb.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beadlady

    Let's just take the emotion out of this and look at the facts: the gun laws in Canada are very strict compared with the States. 120 police officers were killed in the line of duty so far this year in the States. Since Canada has 1/10th the population, it would be safe to say that 12 officers should have lost their lives if gun laws do nothing. In the past 50 years, Canada has lost 0- 6 officers a year, with the averag being 3. Most of those deaths were by firearms.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. humberto

    How come the Police didn't have keys to the school?

    December 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      Because the police don't have keys to schools or other government run/owned buildings. It's just not necessary. Besides, police were able to gain entry into the school immediately, through the door the gunman had shot out. Having keys wouldn't have changed anything here.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mena

    My daughters School had a lock down tuesday because there was two men running from the police by foot threw our School area with Ak 47s (this is normally a very good quite area) after they had committed a robbery. Then this horiffic Act in CT friday, mydaughter looked so scared this morning when we got to the School i walked her in n assured her over n over she was safe as i held back my tears. it is so hard to convince not only her but myself when we had the lockdown experience followed by fridays devistation. Idk,God bless everyones sweet angels all around the world i pray every moment For their safety and For the families Of the angels that were sent to heaven friday.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. humberto

    What happened to the sturdy steel doors and wire mess windows the older buildings had ?

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