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
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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. Scott

    Yes, lets continue to look at guns, and ignore the real issue, mental illness.
    You also completely ignore the ramifications of any type of gun ban.
    You have a large minority in this country who do not trust the Government. (Maybe they have reason) Do you think they are going to give up their guns? How many lives are you willing to expend to get those guns? In some parts of this country, you will have Civil war, are you prepared to deal with the aftermath?
    I'm a Gun Owner, I voted Democratic, I agree we need stricter gun sale rules. But then, we also need stricter Driver's licensing rules. Cars kill more kids each year than all other weapons combined, why is no one talking about that?

    But I'm also a realist.How many freedoms are people willing to give up to actually have a gun ban? House to house search and seizure ok? How about our borders? Do you honestly think any gun ban will prevent guns entering the country? You could probably drive a tank across the border without too much trouble. So, what do you do about that? Mine fields? Gun emplacements? If you don't do something, all you will be doing is creating a whole new source of wealth for the Cartels.
    If people are so scared, they are willing to give up hard earned freedoms in return for non-existent protection, then the Government has won....Which should we fear more, insanity running rampant? Or Government eroding our freedoms in the name of better protection? (In most cases, police come to clean up the mess, and catch the bad guy, they will not be there when you need them)

    December 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • CH

      That's nice, except nobody is proposing a total gun ban, so writing all this was a waste of time on your part. Calm down.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. paul

    We need to spend more more on our Nation's health care system. Evey time this happen, the shooter is mentally ill!

    December 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SR

    A mother going target practicing with a reportedly autistic son is a responsible gun owner? Or leaving guns that are accessible to him while she is sleeping is responsible? Does one need 6 guns to protect oneself? And assault guns at that? After or before 9/11 how many times have airplanes been used as instruments of destruction? So to compare a ban on guns to a ban on airplanes is plain and simple ridiculous. For too long this nation has been desensitized to violence – look at all the violent video games, that children are playing at home under the plain sight of adults, and all the mindless violence being shown in films. For those that say gun control rules need not be overhauled – please stop and imagine how you would have reacted if it was one of your loved ones that had been impacted in Sandy Hook.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom Dooley

    I am starting a Super Pac to fignt the NRA? anyone want to join?

    December 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RickYUSA

    Wolf, been watching your reporting since the the 1st Gulf War. Great job so far on the school shooting coverage. But, yesterday Soledad went off reporting and giving her opinion about Gun Control, she needs to ask the questions and let the respondent answer, she was off base, again today this morning a CNN reporter again started asking about "Automatic Weapons and not Semi-Automatic Weapons, she reported the the shooter had "Automatic Weapons" referred to the weapon's magazines as "clips" most people who have an understanding about weapons know the magazine is not a clip. Please stay with the facts. It is very clear to me, the school should have provided an Armed Security Officer, like a retired Law Enforcement or Police Officer assigned to the schools. Why does it seem like the people in the area are shocked if a Police Officer is assigned to the school. In my area of the country we have had a Police Office/Law Enforcement Officer of some type in our schools and the metro area since the late 60s. It's a normal procure to have security at most schools, malls and movie theaters including special events, Why not protect your self from things you cannot control. The school district is responsible for this tragedy. Why are the dead teachers called heroes? They would have been better off alive to protect there students and assistance with the events as they happened, why did the school nurse hide for 4 hours in a closet, instead of helping the wounded and dying, she wasn't protecting the students cowering in a closet for 4 hrs.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      Due to budgeting and a lack of priorities, in case the FACTS elude you, we do not adequately fund schools to educate our children much less to pay for armed guards. Your thought process is flawed.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roge

    Lets provide a nice secure place for well off white people to send these kids to before they go on killing sprees.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brathead76

    Stricter laws on gun control is not the answer. If someone is going to do such a horrible act, they will find a way and purchase the gun illegally if they have to. What we need is more extensive background searches. The searches should be done on the entire household purchasing the gun. Any history or mental illness for ANYONE living in the household should not be allowed to purchase a gun. The only gun control laws that should be in place are on assault weapons. I can't think of any reason why a regular person would need an assault rifle.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    Unfortunately, gun violence is a problem. The answer is an uncontrollabe movement to stricter gun laws. Citizens may hate it, but you can't just start handing out guns. This promotes anarchy. It's not like saying we should totally ban guns, but maybe make it much more difficult to ban semi automatic weapons. I dont' care what people say, these warfare weapons don't need to be in the hands of the public. PERIOD. If Adam had entered with just a 22 caliber pistol, then the adults attempting to prolong his evil intentions, would have given more time to others. having a semi automatic weapon just gave the individual more, uneccessary "power" to carry out this cowardly act.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • bs1

      So you would take away the constitutionally protected rights of tens of millions of gun owners who have commited not a single crime, based on the actions of a criminal with a stolen gun?

      December 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You obviously don't know what semi automatic means. Just because its it is a .22 cal pistol doesn't mean it isn't semi automatic and mostly likely would be as almost all .22 cal pistols are. This country needs to focus on mental health care not trying to make someone less lethal.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TomGI

    Did I read another story correctly that said he paid $289K to his ex-wife on pretax income of $444K?

    December 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      I read somewhere his income was 1 million a year.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lsn2me

    the computers were smashed. who smashed and why? am i missing something? what violent video games was this young killer using as entertainment throughout his boyhood? why is the issue of boys and violent computer gaming not persued by the media? is there a correlation between violent "aim, fire and kill, kill, kill" video games and male aggression? can we teach boys compassion and empathy and yet raise them on these games of violence? in addition, why is it that only now, so long past "columbine", are republicans having second thoughts about their stand on semi-automatic weapon sale and purchase?

    December 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Quick solution: Hire armed security guard for every school paid by increased tax on guns and bullets. Problem will go away overnight.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Just a Teacher

    I won't put much emphasis on the killer's grades. Given that lousy education system of giving everyone a passing grade so that they dont feel sad, has only created more dumbness in this society, reduced accountability, and created a society of entitlement.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Susan

    I know the governor has got to be angry but gun control needs to start at the state level. It is pretty explicit at the federal level unless you want to amend the 2nd amendment. All the states complacency over the "right to bear arms" has brought this on themselves–sooner or later. Do you want to give the licensing, background checks of not only the gun owner but members in their family who could gain access to the guns, and comprehensive training to the federal government to manage? I don't think the conservative Republicans will like that much regardless of what has happened. How little regulation changes can you live with before the pain of what has happened is forgotten once again? Maybe these tragedies are something we need to be hardened to accept since we'll all be walking around with our concealed weapons one day. Accidents happen all the time of every variety. Remember that the 'invasion' is likely going to be coming from within the country. Sigh... Please don't read the accident statistics.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken

    Those who argue for citizens carrying more guns are arguing for a domestic arms race. This doesn't work internationally for the same reasons. More weapons becomes bigger weapons. Bigger weapons means a less safe world. Isn't that the opposite effect from what gun advocates say they're seeking?

    December 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      At no time has there Been more regulations, background checks and over all laws governing the ownership of guns. Yet at no time has there been more of these acts.
      So where in your world does more laws equal less of these acts?

      December 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      We are all after the same thing – no more senseless violence. Please don't get pull in to politicians' attempt to capitalize on this tragedy to promote their own agenda. If allowing conceal carry permit owners to go everywhere will make schools, hospitals, bars, and theaters safer, it would be the right solution. Gun control has been tried and failed. It's not because of NRA or any popular choices. It's simply because gun control controls ONLY law abiding citizens. Criminals don't care about your laws. Conceal and carry permit holder won't just go postal because they are on school grounds. It just makes no sense to limit CC permit from certain location. If nothing else, aggressors will be gun down long before they are "done". They are cowards, and they do not deserve the pleasure of taking their own lives when they are good and ready. It's our right to protect those we love. The kids died because we all failed them. Fighting for or against gun control is a distraction from our real goal of stopping all senseless violence such as the one at Sanday Hook.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • spaz

      Perhaps we just need to outlaw Murder. You know, make it illegal. That'll stop all this insanity, wont it?

      December 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth be told

      Over 250 million guns in the United States, in the hands of over 70 million people. And, that is only what the government thinks they know. The people possessing the guns come from all walks of life, colors, creed, race, and POLITICAL parties. Many are cops and military, and own private weapons at home. Many others have ZERO respect for the authority of the government. To those who propose a total ban, or confiscation.....I wish you the very best of luck. Chortle.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      @Scott. So what's YOUR solution, or do you think everything's peachy just the way it is?

      December 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tdp

      First off, I'm all for restricting guns who's only purpose is to kill and much as possible in a short about of time. The framers of the Constitution did not imply that such weapons s/b be part of our sacred right to bear arms. If that were the case, you might as well protect people owning nukes. With that said, the real issue hear is not guns or any other killing instrument. It's the state of Mental Health services in this country. Half of the homeless on the streets are mentally ill. We spend millions throwing a gallon of clear water into a muddy lake and expect it to be clean. I would also fault the Mother for putting guns in the hands of an unstable son. I'm not faulting the son, clearly this kid was under some form of stress. I don't believe kids just go beserk for no reason. Sometime lead up to this. Finally, it's time to address the violence culture in our movies, TV, and video games. We expose very your minds to more blood and guts throughout their adolescence years and we expect them to be all normal young adults. I can remember when my son was 10 years old during the late 70's and we had a long serious discussion on whether he should be expose to seeing Star Wars movie. My my have things changed.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Keep it real

    The State Police spokesman specifically spoke about the "smashed harddrive" reports and said that neither he, nor any one in law enforcement have made any statements about a harddrive and that they wouldn't. This is another "story" the CNN is going to ride until once again they are shown to be incorrect. I don't know who this "person in law enforcement" they keep qouting is, but they need to stop listening to him.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
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