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. ma & pa

    Most people who are mentally ill are harmless and unnoticeable until pointed out and labeled, often mistakenly. Were this killer an owl that was hunting noisy mice the behavior would be appropriate. That's what beasts that are lacking a moral compass do. "Sociopath without empathy" label might describe him and testing for schools should have indicated something questionable.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gee

    Remember, instruments don't kill people. It's the deranged, nut, criminal, perverted ego poor excuse for a human that pulls, pushes or otherwise causes that inanimate piece of whatever to move against another human.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ageecee

      Then we should ALSO allow dynamites, bombs etc. Because instruments don't kill people.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • WillB

      Probably the best, most informed post on this page....maybe it was not his computer that caused him to kill, afterall.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JK

      i agree with your statement with regards to the individual is responsible, but the availability of such instruments make events like this a lot easier to happen. what if said murderer didn't have access to guns? Could he have inflicted this type of horror with a knife? perhaps, but not all 26 victims. A gun is not as intimate as a knife and thus may not have happened at all. I used to support the right to bare arms. Now I just don't see any reason why we need guns. Seems to work out OK in Britain....

      December 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • GordonByrne

      Everyone keeps going back and forth with the same chicken/egg argument...outlaw guns and sickos will find a way. if teachers had guns they could have prevented this. etc etc ad infinitum. This particular case is really obvious and anyone not realizing that is blind. The mother LEGALLY owned the ASSAULT RIFLE that was the primary weapon that was used. If that particular weapon was outlawed, maybe this kid gets a shotgun or even a glock but he doesn't send 26 people to the holy land in minutes without the Bushmaster. It's also worth noting that one of the heroic teachers who tried to stop him MIGHT have had more of a chance if they outnumbered him with a single action weapon. Weapons like this have no place in a home, and frankly, no real place in society aside from a battlefield. stricter gun laws might not have prevented a tragedy, but they could have prevented THIS tragedy. Even Ted Nugent can see that.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      That's a simplistic (and tired) statement to a very complex issue. Guns may not kill people (people do), but assault rifles certainly make it a lot easier to kill a lot of people in a very short period of time. Now you may say that cars kill people too, but unlike guns, cars were not designed to kill people.

      I support private ownership of firearms, but there is simply no need for civilians to have access to assault weapons, large caliber hand guns, and/or ammunition that was initially designed for military use.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweetenedtea

      Agreed. Legalize free and widespread private ownership of C4, anthrax spores and rocket launchers! They're just instruments, after all. Let people take dynamite and matches onto planes again. Those are just instruments. Stop persecuting Iran and North Korea for pursuing nuclear weapons...nukes don't kill people, people kill people!

      Really, I cannot fathom how people are completely incapable of grasping the full implications of that argument. It's just..baffling that anyone could be so lacking in powers of logical deduction.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bobby

    "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."

    Thanks for the very relevant information. I'm sure that if he got an A instead of an A- in American history, the whole incident wouldn't have taken place.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • shadowfax

      These type of weapons need to be band. No person should be allowed to purchase weapons of this caliper. This person was smart, and yet unstable.Now, look what happened to our innocent children. The heavens must be crying.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. william

    I've spent some time reading all the comments and one stands out most. Where are the parents and family members and counselor's for the shooter. Someone should have seen the change in this young man. We all are creatures of habit and routine, somewhere along the way someone should have seen something, from all the senseless school attacks, we should have learned what to look for. Also, there is a serious problem in our parenting skills, for the most it's you go to your room and I go to mine and we leave each other alone. And leave the child to be raised up on the internet, MTV, BET and all the other social networks. Then the child is involved with whatever and the mother and father cry not my baby. Notice I didnt say parents, well we alll know its easy to have a child but hard as HELL to raise them, and earn the title MOM and DAD. So, lets all pray for the victims and ask GOD to help the healing process, and to give us a nation a ole school dose of parenting skills, for the bible states, "it takes a village to raise a child"!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. barclay donaldson

    ..watchng memorials spring up..passionate words..CNN in depth analyzing....but when does someone question assault rifles with 30 shot clips....being easily obtained...who needs these..hunters?..what knd of game do Americans have there...outlaw their ownership..manufacture and less chouce for madmen/boys..

    December 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. schoolsub

    If someone at CNN is reading this, could you PLEASE change your display settings to show the NEWEST posts first???

    December 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ID

    I have an idea to help prevent further tragedies. RFI chip guns, mold them into the guns, set up sensors in our gun free zones (movie theaters, schools, stadiums, churches) and when they cross that invisible line, it trips the alarms. Giving time to the people inside, and for cops to arrive earlier.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • schoolsub

      Duh! Are you going to ask all owners of EXISTING weapons to send them in to have the chip installed? And then, will ALL of the gun owners comply with the request???? Another stupid idea.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Not sure why someone had to come on and be so negative and derogatory toward you. The person has a good point, but to be derogatory. I just don't understand people like that. I do think that might be hard also because of the people who have approved concealed carry permits, that would set the alarm off if there wasn't a threat. I think there would be too many false alarms. But, nice thinking.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      that is a great idea. start somewhere.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      the other good point is gun free zones. someone should challenge the constitutionality of bearing arms, especially assault weapons, in public schools.

      someone needs to challenge the supreme court to rule and actually allow assault weapons in schools because just like the right to free speech, there are limits to our rights.

      there have to be.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Love my children

      Put a chip in everything dangerous, knives, cigarettes, acid, anything that puts missiles through the muzzle. Countless people in my location have been attacked by threesomes with dangerous weapons. All criminals are already banned from having weapons. How does one stop three from entering your home if you have nothing but a 911 call for protection. I'm sorry, but criminal minds kill innocent people, and where I live here in the US, I'm not going to throw anything at an intruder but bullets. Too many people are like tree huggers in the US, if you ban tree cutting the owls will live in peace, dah. Ban guns and crime will go away. Put chips in weapons of any sort and the police will show up! Right.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Assault weapons to normal civilians is a bad thing. No civilian should have access to kill those many people by any means. Assault weapons are as bad as boms, do not leave much time to react when they are in bad hands.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • schoolsub

      My semi-automatic sport rifle in the hands of a mental defect is just as lethal as an assault rifle. Functionally, there is no difference.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. scottyb.

    nobody going 2 take my guns

    December 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck

    I wonder why nobody is talking about Adams Father, and how this could be conected to him
    his father a very important man and scheduled to testify in England for General Electric on Tax Rates being

    December 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name*Derrick

    Maybe he thinks his Dad was treated unfairly by the court and his mother no one mentioned that i notice it's not farfetched

    December 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. empresstrudy

    So he was on the phone to tech support for 4hrs and flipped out is my guess.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg H

    Can some one tell me what an assault rifle is? What makes it different from any other semi automatic firearm? Also, .223 caliber is not high power. It is usually limited to small game and varmints for hunting.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schmedley

      It is just called an assault rifle because the military uses them. The military uses them because they are modular, easily serviced, and the ammo is light. Perhaps it looks menacing which is what all the hoopla is all about.

      There are a lot of them out there precisely because the AR-15 is very versatile due to its standardized components and sizes. You can easily swap out parts and customize it to fit your shooting preferences. You can very easily change buttstocks, sights, barrels, handgrips, etc. from different suppliers and they all fit.

      Because of the term "assault rifle" and the military association, people think it's some sort of super gun when in fact the military uses it for much more mudane and practical reasons.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Schmedley

    What Adam Loser did was just incomprehensible. Given the opportunity, I would have gladly taken a bullet and given my life if it could have saved any or all of those kids and teachers. I still can't get over it...

    There is just one thing I wish people and the press would understand about "assault rifles". They are not super guns just because the military uses them. They work the same way as many other sporting rifles, they just look different.

    The military uses them because they are serviceable, the ammo is light and they are modular so you can easily swap out parts and repair them. Other than that, there is nothing really super about them except that perhaps people think they look cool.

    I'm not going to fight public opinion because there is no winning that battle. Pass whatever laws you want. Just remember, the rest of us didn't do anything that harmed anyone. If the concern is what we *might* do, then you should look also look at people who exhibit violent behavior before they act on it because currently there is no recourse for that until they actually harm some one. I think those people are a far greater risk than some normal person who is a legal, registered owner of an AR-15.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KayLynn

      Schmedley finally a voice of reason. I don't think anyone could have said it better.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • scotty

      great post, thats what i am trying to say.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |

    Guns are needed to protect freedom

    Gov is trying to steal away every thing that defines freedom

    December 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • agarthi

      I feel sorry for you, really. What a sad, sad world you must live in where guns define freedom!

      December 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benla76

      Exactly. Thank you, one of the most intelligent ones here, Why can't most people see this is exactly what is happening?

      December 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweetenedtea

      Laws define freedom. High-capacity mag semi-automatic rifles define a Freudian complex.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock Bottom

      Guns are needed to protect Freedom?
      I have heard that all my life.
      Archie Bunker once said" I know how to stop your skyjacking once and for all. You arm all of your passengers.
      This is the mentality that is taking this country down a dark road. Since world war 2 the U.S. government has slowly and systematically disarmed almost the entire world. There is not a standing army, air force or navy in the world large enough to even reach the america's. It's not Gun's that are protecting our freedom. They are called "Oceans". If now is not the time then when? What does this say about us as a people. Do we even care?

      December 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
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