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. Al

    truly tragic what has happened at newtown, how this person got ahold of guns brought so much sorrow to the community, i am from canada where we have some tough gun laws, however if a person wants a gun then they are going to get it. I think the need is to start to focus on gun/education if we look to todays movies/video games we see people dying all the time so it becomes ingrained into us that this is a normal thing, so a person that might have a disability might think that it is okay.

    1) mandatory firearms safety course 2) mandatory licence of restricted weapons (handguns/blackrifles) 3) 45 day waiting period to get gun licence – with back ground check – any type of assualt/mental issue would prohibit gun licence 4) restrict clips to 5 shots 5) all guns must have a trigger lock 6) restricted weapons must have a ATT (authority to transport) from home to gun range/shop and back home only. 7) no fully automatic weapons

    December 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    This is from the Author Max Lucado's Grace for the Moment for December 14th.

    Every Child Has a Name

    I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, as the Father knows me. John 10:14

    The shepherd knows his sheep. He calls them by name. When we see a crowd, we see exactly that, a crowd. We see people, not persons, but people. A herd of humans. A flock of faces. That's what we see. But not so with the Shepherd. To him every face is different. Every face is a child. Every child has a name....The shepherd knows his sheep. He knows each one by name. The Shepherd knows you. He knows your name. And he will never forget it.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cayla

    I have one question for the horrible man who did this and it is why? Why would you kill your mother? She brought you into this world. Without her you wouldnt be here. As if thats not bad enough, why would you go to an Elemenatry school where there are hundreds of kids trying to learn and better their education. Why would you kill so many young children who were inncoent? They didnt hurt anyone. They are never going to grow up now. They will never play with their friends again, never laugh again, never smile again. They will never grow up and get married or have kids. One man was able to take 20 lives, 20 happy lives, for abosolutly no reason. I dont care if you have family problems, i dont care if you were bullied when you were a kid, there is just no reason a person should even think about somethinbg as horrific as this. I dont know how this person could look into the angelic eyes of each of those children and kill them. Did he even know their names? Did he know who he was killing? The beautiful children he was killing for NO REASON?? Not only were these poor precious little six and seven years olds brutally murdered, but so were seven other adults? I just dont get how a person can have so much hate and such a dark heart as to do this. I was touched when i learned about the teacher that jumped in front of her kids to save their lives, but lost her own. If it wasnt for her there could of been another 20 angels killed. That right there shows you the decation and the commitment that teacher had with those kids. I personally think that the murder got off easy by killing himself. He should have to face the parents and the families of those inncoent chiildren he killed and give them an explination as to why. He should have to rot in jail, until his guilt kills him. I want to know what people like him think. I want to have sympahty for them, but i just cant. I cant feel bad that someone killed themseves when they took 27 other lives with them for no reason what so ever! In the world we are living in this happens alot, and i dont know what we have to do to change it but we need to figure it out. We cant have inncocent peopaple, innocent childreen dying because of physcopaths. This should never ever happen again; and we should everything in our power, as a community and as a nation, to make sure it doesnt.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. P.Wayne

    As for the divorce, "irreconcilable difference" is standard for any divorce. It is likely required to be part of the divorce decree to be carried out by the judicial system. Nearly every divorce in the country has that language in it.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • InkyGuy

      I agree, Hannah. The 2:43 PM blog post by CNN about the divorce has no apparent relevance to Friday's massacre. It adds nothing to the story and implies it is signicant information even though there is not explain how it is relevant to the case. This sort of thoughtless writing trivializes what happened and has a strong odor of sensationalistic, exploitative tabloids.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ecommenter

    Here are my comments more put out there as questions that maybe get at some of the issues:

    What if parents took their childrens mental illness seriously and got them evaluated and the proper help, and recognize when they are over their limit in what they can handle?

    What if a parent of a mentally ill child would not have guns or weapons to help that child avoid hurting themselves and others?

    What if the father and any divorced parent who washing their hands of coparenting was actually involved in his sons life?????????

    What if we as a society were made aware of those in our community who have mental illness...we have a neighbor son who almost beat up his dad (a doctor) to this guy (maybe 30) still lives with the family and walks around the neighborhood like a zombie...but no one can find out what risk he may be. We all live in such isolation.

    What if teachers or anyone who has the responsbility for our children and the public (even at shopping malls) were trained in combat and lockdown skills so they have "tools" to use in the event of these events..The fact the principal went out to do something without more than her body and the young teacher who maybe could have benefitted from tactical training and even first thought to locking the door, before hiding kids if she had a process (bless her heart for putting herself in harms way and relying on instinct).

    Maybe we as a society can use stun guns instead of assault rifles to protect ourselves......maybe....

    December 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. reb koenig

    Remove subjectivity from the argument. Fact: Hunters don't use assault weapons 2 kill wild game cuz multiple rounds wud destroy both meat & trophy. Let them keep hunting rifles. However, MULTIPLE ROUND ASSAULT GUNS ARE EXPRESSLY DESIGNED 2 INFLICT MAXIMUM & LETHAL DAMAGE ON HUMAN TARGETS. HELLO! That's WHY assault weapons are weapons of choice of mass killers who love them. X (Assault Guns) + Y (Mass Killer)= Z (Mass Death) Conclusion: Let's make it a LOT MORE DIFFICULT for mentally ill & polical radicals 2 inflict MASS DEATH. BAN ALL ASSAULT GUNS FROM PUBLIC ACCESS, REGISTER ALL GUN OWNSHIP, TRACK EXPLOSIVE PURCHASES, & MAKE FELONY INADEQUATE STORAGE OF GUNS. Punish w/ prison term all people whose guns accidently kill other people. THESE ACTIONS WILL GREATLY REDUCE MASS DEATH.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alejandra

      Oh yes that makes complete sense (Sarcasm intended). Because bullets from a hunting gun do not kill people. They aer only meant to kill animals right?

      December 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SillyBean

      FACT: Hunters OFTEN use semi and automatic rifles to cull wild bores that may be devastating their feeders and competing with the deers for food. Try killing a 50-pack of wild bores one 22 caliber shell at a time.

      FACT: You know nothing of what you speak and are using reasoning based on NONSENSE to draw conclusions that are frienldy to your own agenda.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Reb: We really need to have a conversation about the nomenclature we use to identify firearm types. No one in the United States can purchase an "Assault Rifle" unless they have a Class 3 Federal Firearms license which your local gun store does not have. "Assault Rifles" are capable of full automatic fire, aka machine gun fire capability. The rifle used in the CT school could only fire one round for each pull of the trigger, nothing more which is why they are called "Semi-Automatic".

      The .223 rifle round is a very effective and highly accurate hunting round and is widely used in hunting contrary to what you are stating. Yes it started out its life as a military caliber, that is true. The .223 has become one of the most used calibers in shooting sports across the United States and will likely stay that way.

      Your issue should be focused on one point only. This issue should be magazine capacity. A limit of 10 rounds in a magazine is reasonable as it was back during the ban beginning in 1994. To that end, feel free to comment away.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      That's it. You've got it all figured out. Are you going to allow the government in your home to inspect to see if you have an adequate gun safe? If you reply yes, you are absolutely out of your mind. We have been given our right to bear arm for a reason. No multiple shot firearms did not exist at the time of our forefathers but they did allow citizens to have the same weaponry as the army. If citizens are not allowed to equipt themselves as the government, then how can we protect ourselves from them? If you think that the government is not after your civil liberties, think again. Just look at all the legislation that has been passed in the past decade.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paula

    Frediano, what u say about divorce makes me sad, u can't get one in Ireland and I used to think that was wrong but maybe you're right it does affect kids so bad I can't imagine what it did to a kid like him, his brother going off to ny, dad leaving, not having a job his life obviously fell apart

    December 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. timeismoney

    Holy Cow, just look at all the guns the F.B.I, the state police, and the local cops have, and the horse is already gone. The cops show up 20 minuets late , what were they doing to prevent this from happening? Maybe they can figure out something while they are at the donut shop, having coffee. This guy was a nut case ready to crack, don't tell me how smat he was and wouldn't harm a fly. I wish I was there when he showed up, I'd have taken his gun and blown out his brains with it.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      And that's the problem. Fist, they can't protect only react after the fact. Second, they are armed to the teeth while everyone wonders here all this gun glorification comes from. Take just ONE of those people and station them at each school. Cluster the schools and set them up like a gated community where access is controlled well away from the actual buildings.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SillyBean

      The real answer to this problem will NEVER be used because it would require parents to get up from their computers and do something instead of complaining about safety in a CNN forum about gun control. How about home school co-ops? A group of parents get together, decide on a home to hold home school in "together" and pay a few hundred bucks each for a teacher? The parents actually get to decide on WHAT their kids are taught about sex and religion and the origins of man, etc... OH WAIT that requires too much work. We'd much rather ship our kids off every morning to be indoctrinated ... err I mean educated by the STATE with minimal inconvenience 🙂 You know it's true!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. carlos

    We need more armed police at schools, period.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Loretta

    I continue to be astonished by the number of people who do not know how to turn off the electronic media they say is disturbing to them. If you feel bombarded by news of violence, turn it off and remove yourself from the conversation. There are those who want to hear the details and they are entitled to that.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    Every time CNN Liberal Media and politicians talk about gun control Laws, gun owners buy more guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texhimself

      Foolish, gun owners are. They are a part of the problem, not the solution. Scared people are that way.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyson

      And their kids shoot their siblings in the face with the new duns.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      I was at my local gun store the day after and it was packed with people of every background, race, both men and women. They were buying the same guns the killer had.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg


      December 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • DustyOnes

      Dustin....MSNBC is leftist! It is Marxist in economics and anti-moral in society.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      Obviously the vast majority of gun owners, whether they own assault rifles or shotguns or pistols are not going nuts killing people in-mass. All of the recent folks who have done this have had serious mental issues. If it hadn't been guns they would have used other common stuff like gasoline and a match..
      I'd like to point out that China has almost no guns. Yet they still manage to kill each other. Only the army does and they are considered by the common folk to be robbers, crooks. ( seriously, I have been there ) As a side benefit of the no-guns thing. They have communist rule where 5% of the population controls the remaining 95%. Think about that....

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

      I get it, I don't agree. I won't let either an educated government or a mentalky ill madman usurp, circumvent, or otherwise diminsh my right to bear arms. Good ole Tim McVeigh used fertilizer to make homemade bombs that killed 169 people and injured 800 ... shall be ban fertilizer? Get real ... Gun control is smoke in mirrors to distract you from the REAL problem – which is the fact that there are nearly 9B people on Earth all dealing with eachother and fighting over limited resources of space, clean water, food, and power. Add into the mix that you have severe social discord among interpersonal relationships (aka divorce) and stressors such as debt and taxes ... and viola ... a recipe for disaster. But lets not address those issues, what we really need to do is raide the home of the average citizen (who is over worked and overtaxed) and take away their constitutional right to bear arms... while we're at it, we should just hand over all public policy to the MADD ladies and let them regulate and control the minutia of human existence with their intrusive biological tests and ignition interlocks just to SEEEEE if anyone is POTENTIALLY about to MAYBE commit something they think might could be a crime?

      ... just as our forefathers intended!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ted

    $3 Million life insurance better be donated now to the victim's fund.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • PigMan

      The father is still alive.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthdetector

      I agree, the life insurance payout should go to the victims...and I wonder if the police are now looking at further motive whether this ex-husband may have been involved...he sure benefits monetarily from this, doesn't he?

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

      Ted, you are not very bright are you?

      December 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotanexpertbutIstayedHIexpress

      Truth, you are dumber then Ted.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthdetector

      'Notanexpert' yah, ok.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Most likely the money will go to the surviving son, especially considering the insurance policy was court ordered. The father will not see any of the money. Geez you people are so quick to try and point fingers and implicate people without even thinking through the obvious.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Um, the policy is on the ex-husband's life with the ex-wife as beneficiary. There IS no payout.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      You and "TruthDetector" need to attend some remedial reading classes. The Life Insurance policy was on the father..

      December 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrzydvl

      He only benefits if the mother dies and he is the beneficiary. What do the children have to do with the insurance ? Nie how you go accusing the father with no facts to back you up.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gun Control

    I hope there will be stricter gun control law because there are a lot in this country who abuses the freedom this country gives at the expense of innocent lives. In the first place, we should not have to take justice in our own hands. We call 911 and use pepper spray!!

    December 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      In the UK if you defend yourself against a intruder in your home you can go to jail. No thanks I like the laws and guns available the way they are.

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

      Bryan is a weak little man.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randall Shutt

      Pepper Spray? Really? What will you do if a Hurricane Katrina like disaster or an OJ Simpson riot spring up in your neighborhood? Telephone is down... 911 isn't answering because they are flooded with calls... and roving bands of miscreants who didn't pay attention to the new gun control laws are running around with guns, bats, and numbers marauding your neighborhoods... Pepper spray?

      December 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      I prefer a 12 gauge...

      December 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnoughAlready

      @Randall Shut must be horrible to live in a world of such fear.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Pepper Spay Ha!!! yea no why dont you read up on how well pepper spray worked for the cops @ Cal State San Bernardino a couple of weeks ago. and 911 wont work if theres no power.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Erika M

    Some say that gun control is not the answer. It is the only answer. Would there still be violence without guns? Sadly yes. However, it wouldn’t be possible for a lunatic to off several people at a time with a knife, a fist, a bat.The number of victims would be greatly reduced. If semi-automatic weapons did not exist – there would not have been 26 dead last Friday period. Isn’t that enough of a reason to ban semi-automatic weapons? “The right of the people to keep and bear arms” – let’s reflect on that statement for a moment. This statement was implemented in 1791 – a time so different from today; a time when semi-automatic weapons did not exist. When did we start needing semi-automatic weapons to protect ourselves? Someone – please tell me if anyone in history has ever used a semi-automatic weapon to protect themselves or their family from violence? The semi-automatic weapon is made and used for one thing and one thing only – mass murder. This has been proven time and time again – and yet we still have gun advocates go back to the same old “right to bear arms”. It’s time to stop taking that statement so literal. We’ve lost 26 innocent angels and 6 remarkable adults. When will it be enough? Some people will use the argument “well if a madman is set on killing a mass amount of people he will figure out a way like making a bomb”. So does this argument mean that we should put our hands up and shrug away from the gun issue because hey if a madman wants to off a bunch of people he will figure out a way? Nonsense. Let’s reduce the amount of ways a madman has the ability to kill large groups of people – one way at a time, one gun at a time.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. annieL

    NOT reading this, CNN. Enough already!

    December 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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