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. tiggywinkle22

    Just a comment on the CNN broadcasts. I feel it is extremely disrespectful to keep including the picture of Nancy Lanza with the pictures of the innocent victims of the Sandy Hook Elementay School massacre. Every time I see her picture included "In Memorium alongside those six and seven year olds, I want to cringe. To include this woman, who so negligently and irresponsibly had an assault rifle, assorted guns and a cache of ammunition readily accessible to a son who was obviously troubled is disrespectful to these families who have suffered unimaginably.

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

      Your comment is so idiotic it does not deserve an intellectual reply.

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

      Mommy Dearest has the blood of 26 innocent people on her dead cold hands.
      Kinda ironic that she was the 1st one sonny boy used her arsenal and 2nd Amendment rights against.

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

      Are you seriously blaming a dead women???

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

      Best comment I have read all day!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Really?, and you know this how? or let me guess your assuming. they have not stated at all how she stored her weapons. lets wait for the details before you start pointing fingers. remeber that she was killed too.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • G doesn't matter how she stored it..clearly it was ineffective and he figured out how to get it. Hence if she was alive, she should have been held accountable. You can own whatever weapon you like in preparation for the zombie apocalypse but if your weapon inflicted hurt on someone especially to this level then you need to look in the mirror and take some accountability

      December 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Oh but it does matter how she stored them. if he picked the lock or beat the code out of her it matters intensly. you dont hear about people being convicted of stuff that happens with firearms or vehicles that were properly stored and then stolen from them. Locks can be picked and information can be forced. just because she owned a firearm or multiple ones does not make her negligent. this kid was obviously Wacko and if someone that deranged wanted to hurt someone else they will find a way. and in alot of cases you dont find out how truely wacko someone is until they snap. as i keep stating lets wait for the facts and not assume. we live in country where "we" believe that everyone is inncoent until proven guilty. why dont you people try holding up to that virtue for a couple of more days.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mac

    Your comment displays not just stupidity but just plain ignorance, or you have been brainwashed by the media. You probably get your history from watching movies.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GreenMeansGo

    Based on those alimony demands, I'm surprised Peter Lanza did not shoot up the place instead of Adam!

    December 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthdetector

      I'm sure they have or are looking at the possibility he used his 'influence' over his mentally ill son. Who knows?

      December 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      That is certainly an angle that should be explored.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Liz

    So THIS is how the 1% live? Conservative, Second Amendment gun loving, greedy and self-absorbed 1% who gets everything they want with a nice Bush-Era tax break as the cherry on top of the whipped cream, but it does not amount to happiness when the result is a broken home and a disturbed kid. I'm making a stereotype that I hope others can understand. We're not talking the ghettos or barrios in Chicago, Detroit, Oakland or Los Angeles but a wealthy bedroom community in New England. The Pro-NRA Senators don't want to to change the gun laws because they claim they do not know what "effects" it will have but are the first to say no to same-sex marriage citing that it's a threat to the traditional family. How would those Senators know the "effects" that same-sex marriage would have on families but denies the "effects" that guns (and their technology) have had on families who have lost loved ones. Peter and Nancy Lanza's marriage came to an end and a family they created was destroyed in its aftermath, but I doubt that same-sex couples wanting to get married had anything to do with it. People withdraw money from their bank accounts but no longer have to wait until their bank opens and can use an ATM 24/7, water used to take ten minutes to boil when we put it in a pot over a rangetop but now takes just a couple minutes in a microwave, we used to wait for the paper mail but we can get mail in nanoseconds over the internet, and, people kill people as they have done since the beginning of civilization but high powered guns that can fire multiple bullets instantaneously speeds it up and can kill several people within a matter of seconds.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yami Shogun

    WHAT KIND OF BIG PHARMA meds was this MURDERER on?? OF COURSE THEY WON'T SAY its not a gun control issue...

    December 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DC

    I agree. Please remove Nancy Lanza from the children's memorial page. She is not innocent.

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

      Please explain how you know this in detail so i can forward it on to the Police to help in their investigation. wait what you dont have any...ohh so your just full of it and making assumptions to push your own point of view

      December 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • amit

      CT, no one is denying the fact that she was a gun enthusiast who ended up providing easy access to assault weapons to a mentally unstable son. It was as irresponsible as it was dumb.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Again you are assuming. the investigators have not released how she stored her weapons. they have not stated weather or not she was beat up, they have not stated what if any signs that the shooter had intentions to harm anyone. any info that comes from somewhere other than the investiagtors is hearesay kinda like how everyone named the wrong shooter. stop assuming and wait for the facts.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • amit

      what facts have come out of previous shootings? what action from anyone? none. Gun lobby is not waiting for facts, it is waiting for public attention to wane and move over to the next event of the week.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Columbo

    Wow! Why does he have to pay that mush in alimony? Divorce sure is expensive...

    December 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      I didn't see any mention of "mush" in the agreement.. 😉

      December 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dumbpolitics

    Maybe there should be a law to fine the NRA (which is really the gun and ammo makers) 10,000 for every person killed with illegal guns. They would then keep better track of where the guns and ammo are in this country and who owns them.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      These were not illegal guns. Try to stay focused. This not about fast and furious...

      December 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Peeps

    I was commenting on someones assault rifle remark on an earlier post. I apologize for not being clearer. I understand the guy didn't use an automatic rifle. I know what that is. My point was everyone is trying get into the specifics of guns and gun rights when we should be focusing on making things better. People lost their lives. Little kids lost their lives. Its all fine and dandy until someone's right to bear arms is being infringed.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duncan green

    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.

    what a greedy woman the mother was...maybe she got what she deserved in the end.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rick

    An armed society is a polite society.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • vice of reason

      doesn't seem that way to me...

      December 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    How many fat people out there are blaming their forks for becoming that way? Same reasoning with guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom Psillas

    The father will not benefit from the death of his ex-wife.
    When he dies, the proceeds would go to any surviving children, unless a will dictates otherwise.
    In other words, the wife that died; if she had a will, then whoever is on that will that survived the killings would be eligible.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nikki

    "What's wrong with the world, mama? People livin' like they ain't got no mamas. we still got terrorists here livin' In the USA. when you hate then you're bound to get irate. Madness is what you demonstrate And that's exactly how anger works and operates. Take control of your mind and meditate Let your soul gravitate to the love. People killin', people dyin'
    Children hurt and you hear them cryin'. New days are strange, is the world insane? If love and peace are so strong Why are there pieces of love that don't belong? With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young. Not respectin' each other. I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder. Most of us only care about money makin' Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction. Wrong information always shown by the media. Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria. Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema. whatever happened to the values of humanity? Whatever happened to the fairness in equality? Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity. Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity. That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found. All we have is one world."
    -Black Eyed Peas

    December 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bannister

    Tell that to Delta Force....

    December 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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