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. In Austin

    Ya know what really s u c k s? We won't do a thing about it.
    All the commiseration in the world won't change a thing.
    Get used to it, it will happen again and again. I estimate once every 2 years or more in the future. And the Jennie is out of the bottle now, we couldn't get rid of the guns we have out there now if we DID want to. There is money to be made! Who cares if some crazy guy got the guns from his MOM and then shot her with them. Who cares if kids get murdered. We all talk a bunch of garbage about "How horrible it is ..." but nothing will be done. You and I both know it. Period.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mizh

      I think you mean Genie — not Jennie?

      December 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Why?

    Why don't we just kill two birds with one stone, reduce mass murder and create jobs. Mandated psychological tests for all gun owners and residents of household with access to guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. belinda

    I agree that a person should not have guns in a home with children, I don't care what age. To also have a special needs teenager should be even more reason. They had money, so it's reasonable that they would want to protect their property. She was a single mom, thru divorce.She wants to protect her family. I still would not have one.Much less three, especially an automatic.I just hope that this pushes new automatic gun laws, so that we don't lose any more children to violence.I am crushed by this event.God bless these parents.Even Law enforcement supports automatic gun bans.They are moving targets for criminals.Something must be done now.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I believe the guns found at the school are all semi-automatics and there are already federal guns laws regarding fully automatic weapons.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • religion&politics

      Teaching children to understand and respect guns at an early age is one of the best things a parent can do for their kids. Muzzle control, respect for the power of the weapon, etc go a long ways towards responsible gun ownership as adults.

      If you are comfortable with being defenseless to protect your family, your children in your own home, then that's your business. Don't stick your nose into mine.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ?????

    crimes by:
    foreigner = terrorist
    black man = menace to society
    white = mentally unstable????

    December 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lala


      December 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JetsetTech


      December 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. woodie

    This lady should not have had guns accessible to her son. Parents need to make a note here. Don't have guns with kids around. It's a terrible combination.

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

      Not only were the guns accessible, but the mother taught this socially disordered young man to use them. Should be a law against parents or anyone else teaching these identified as mentally-disordered offspring to use weapons.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim

    Can someone please tell me why we need to know their divorce settlement? Why do we need to know the mother's education and GPA? This is disgusting! I can't believe media outlet's are reporting this. Let the husband deal with this with his new family and let the mother rest in peace. We don't need to know this personal info!

    December 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmmoPapa

      Motive?... The father/husband no longer has to pay $$$ in alimony.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just Me

    People need to stop teaching their kids how to use guns!

    there needs to be law minimizing the age of 21 to operate guns.

    I dont care what people say – kids have too many shoot-em up video games that distort reality to them. You can't prevent every shooting , but the shootings by kids are always being traced back to their parents guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Right on!!!

      If parents want their kids to use guns have them join the armed forces and do something good with it.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • religion&politics

      You're dead wrong if you think that teaching kids to use guns from an early age is a bad thing. In fact, teaching children to understand and respect guns at an early age is one of the best things a parent can do for their kids. Muzzle control, respect for the power of the weapon, etc go a long ways towards responsible gun ownership as adults. I learned at an early age what a gun could do to an animal, and it was scary as heck. Taught me respect for the power of a firearm.

      Just keep them locked up. We do and have never had a problem.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H-R

    What's a semi-automatic rifle vs. semi-automatic assault rifle?

    December 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • schoolsub

      The only real difference is that a semi-automatic assault rifle is manufactured to look like a typical military rifle. Functionally, they are identical. They fire one round, only, for each pull of the trigger, until the magazine is exhausted. Each can have a magazine of varying capacity.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KayLynn

    This is a horrific tradgic event but if there was an armed officer at every school with one way in this could have been prevented. The number one cause of death in the united states is heart disease so are they gonna make fast food illegal or the second cause is cancer are they going to eleminate the environmental properties or what they can't predict that causes it or number 3 car accidents are we going to make driving illegal because some idiot doesn't know how to drive or chooses to drink and drive? It just upsets me guns don't kill people. People kill people. They already do a back ground check and come on now people if some sick freak wants to get his hands on a gun they will! My prayers are with the families that were impacted by this. God Bless the USA and our right to bare arms.

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

      So, your arms are bare? ha ha You probably mean "BEAR" arms, genius. jeez.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      KayLynn, you are obviously not the brightest crayon in the Crarola Pack. I didn't know a French Fry would kill you... How does that work.... You throw one at a person and it explodes in their face? If you drive a car... You are going to kill someone? I drive for transportation reasons! But if you shoot a gun.... It is for the sole purpose of killing! Enlighten me if I am wrong!

      December 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • KayLynn

      Mizh forgive my typo yes bear! Terri obviously you are not the sharpest pencil in the box! Ummm heart disease = fast food, yea driving a car can kill someone can kill a group of people if your ass is ran over or the person driving is drinking and driving so cars can be used as a weapon and do kill more people than guns. Would you like your right to drive to be taken away or made more difficult when you follow the laws and because of a psyco idiot your right are taken away?

      December 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. m.a.

    Has anyone noticed how very much we have to be right and win at all costs. That, few can just be themselves. There is no deficit of disagreement and arguing. With all of the choices we have, the less happy we are. How common it is how desperately we cling to things and positions of power to compensate for our unhappiness or feelings of inferiority. The reliance upon devices and conveniences and the less time we have and less satisfied we are. Our value dependent on how much we can be exploited or used. How much we talk and speak of righteousness and how very little we truly listen demonstration of hypocrisy. We blame and point fingers and offer all sorts of solutions seldom ever considering the possibility our own actions can be attributed to much of the conflict. We experience what seems obliviousness to feelings where respecting the essence of who we are if not choices and beliefs we have would go a long way to reducing crisis. Have you ever felt threatened be it real or illusory on account of heaped up emotions distorting reality in part because of exhaustion. It seems in some fashion we've gotten out of touch with our capacity to think and to feel and to listen. The more the bad happens, the more compromised we are. These awful things that are happening and various illnesses are an effect of our ignorance, self importance and to not loving ourselves and one's only complicated due to the fact we make it that way.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mork

    Sure glad I live in a country where in 42 years of living in big cities I have never feared guns or felt the need to carry one, ever.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 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 |
  13. Fiona

    "irreconcilable differences" is the default cause on the divorce petition. It's the same as saying you prefer not to specify. It means nothing. So why report it.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MARK

    Anytime something like this happens opponents of the US Constitution (2nd Amendment) want to either abolish or limit the peoples right to defend themselves against those who can & will procure firearms illegally. What the alarmists in this country really need to direct their attention and efforts toward is school safety & security. By doing that they can use their resources toward increasing school budgets (which include teacher awareness as well as physical security i.e armed officers/ metal detectors. We say we don't want our schools to resemble prisons however for years our courthouses/ public buildings have implemented this security regardless of their budgets. Are OUR CHILDREN WORTH AS MUCH! So stop harping about GUN control and start working toward something that will really protect our children.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    Here are statistics of firearm related deaths per capita:
    Mexico 11.14
    Philippines 9.46
    South Africa 9.41
    United States 9.20
    Montenegro 8.55
    Paraguay 7.35
    Nicaragua 7.14
    Argentina 5.65
    Canada 4.78
    Switzerland 3.5
    Costa Rica 3.32
    Uruguay 3.24
    Croatia 3.01
    Barbados 3
    France 3.00
    Austria 2.94
    Most of these came from World Health Organization statistics, maybe gun control/laws DO have something to do with it, or maybe the rest of the civilized world has 1/2 to a 1/4 of the mental illnesses etc than US; highly unlikely.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
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