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. scotty

    while i have served in the military and love my country as much as the next veteran, the call for the end to assault RIFLES is beyond pathetic. Realizing that they are semi automatic weapons, and will fire a projectile as quick as you can squeeze the trigger and have rounds in the clip, we fail to recognize that these same characteristics are what we also have in most handguns and shotguns. They are capable of inflicting the same kind of damage as a rifle, even more so with semi auto shotgun loaded with buckshot, and the use of handguns is easier as they can be concealed, legally if properly permitted. i think people consider the assault rifle the "bad guy" as it the one weapon glorified in our movies and video games, while the truth is that ALL of these weapons are able to inflict serious bodily harm and/or death to anyone in the immediate vicinity. if people were getting killed by sniper fire only, then banning the rifle is a logical choice. But since most of our gun related deaths come from handguns, then it would seem to me that this weapon would also be in the consideration for being banned. Also, the availability of "speed loaders" and large capacity magazines should be outlawed as well. we need to protect our children, as we would if someone was threatening them with a gun or bullying them at the playground, we all want to protect our kids and this is just one way to do it. hunting weapons are fine, but for the majority of gun owners, when was the last time you ate what you shot at?

    December 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Benla76

    Agarthi... wake up sheep. You are the one I feel sorry for.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Honest citizen

    The target is law abiding citizens. The goal is to disarm them. This has been the goal since the Clinton regime. Just as with the Clintonian years, once they leave office, all will be returned to the law abiding citizens.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM46

      The target of gun control is not law abiding citizens; it is murder weapons (aka Assault weapons). No one needs these – they are only designed as weapons of war to be used to murder people.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      You yourself don't deserve a gun if you are so delusional. The goal is to keep criminals from getting guns, but you're apparently in favor of criminals having them. There seems to be a lack of thought on your part.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Can't say this enough. Guns don't kill people. Degenerates do. The constitution allows for us to carry arms to protect us and our country. A pea shooter is not going to do that. Assault weapons are not the issue here. It is menally disturbed individuals. We need to address that and why we let all of these people out of intstitutions. Oh! but we are not allowed to address that issue because of the privacy laws. We just allow them to live in our society hiding under our current laws protecting them until they commit these heinious acts of vioence. Then of course, they kill themselves because that is what they were probably diagnosed as "Suicidal but one that would take others with him/her". Cache 22? I have been having trouble sleeping since this incident. We put up our X-mas decorations on Dec 1st. We have not lit the tree or anything else since this incident in mourning. I cannot fathom this individuals actions. My heart bleads for the victims and especially their loved ones. I am a 20 year military veteran with war experience and I have difficulty with this. I cannot imagine how the people involved with this is able to cope with this carnage. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to these people and thier community.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott A

    A gun has never killed anyone, the person operating it is the killer!!! Perhaps a psycological evaluation should be performed of everyone in the household of perspective gun buyers!!! I have many gunsgun that are used for hunting and target practice. I don't own guns for the purpose of protection and those who do are insecure and frightened of the world!!!! Sick people will always do sick things and that unfortunately is not entirely avoidable!!! Cars kill far more people each year than do guns, should we outlaw them as well?

    December 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • EatBeefNotChicken

      Wonder what you would say if your 6 year old child's body was ripped apart by a assault weapon that's only purpose is to kil l people. I would guess you would say that you are glad that she is gone and she shouldnt have been in front of the bullets

      December 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • axel Segura

      Will you repeat this same post after one day you come home from the market and your guns are gone, later to find out they were used in an act like this? If you want target practice get a damn bb gun. want to hunt? for a person so secure of yourself, dont you think is kind of unfair to get your prey with an assault rifle? You dont need guns Scott, what you really need is a couple of those things that chicken lay.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott A

      The weapon used is a semi-automatic meaning the trigger must be pulled each time one bullet is fired and it cannot do this without someone pulling the trigger, the gun only does what it is made to do by the operator!! FACT!!!

      December 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • vago69

      Agreed, but you have to have a license to drive a car, usually with some sort of driver's ed class required to obtain it. So how about gun licenses with mandatory training classes before weapons can be purchased?

      December 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      First of all, cars have a purpose other than killing things, such as taking survivors to the hospital. Secondly, if you really feel that cars can even be compared to guns, then you should use your car as your means of protecting your family. That's what I thought...

      December 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Fine, use your car to defend your family from intruders, if you strongly feel that you can compare them to guns.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Should we tell this to the Connecticut State Police who exited the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church wearing battle fatigues and carrying assault rifles?

      December 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      "In 1988 a drunk driver killed 27 people, 20 of them kids. When will we band cars?"

      Stop with this insane comparison. Cars are used for transportation but guns have only ONE purpose, to kill. Can you conceal a car and take it with you anywhere to kill even if you wanted to?

      December 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Based on what the NRA and other gun advocates have been saying all this time, we might as well get rid of all the guns in the U.S. military and replace them with cars to fight our battles since cars seem to be as good as killing people as guns are. Is this the best you can do, NRA????????

      December 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Come on, Scott A. Tell us why we shouldn't replace all the M16 rifles in the U.S. military with say... a Honda Civic!

      December 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike knight

      Your're right. Guns aren't the problem – PEOPLE WITH GUNS are the problem. We're not going after the guns – we're going after your 'right' to own them. Guns were living a happy-go-lucky existence until people came along and turned 'em evil. In the hands of a person, a gun (even the nicest gun) cannot be trusted.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • www2012

      I think everyone agrees that weapons should not be accessible to those with mental illness and/or who are emotionally disturbed – but whose to say someone who is 'sane' today, will still be 'sane' tomorrow or the next day? These assault weapons need to be banned. Period.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      EatBeefNotChicken, was no assault weapon used in this crime, get your facts straight. The gun was a semi-automatic rifle. How intimidating a weapon looks has nothing to do with its killing power.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wapiv

      22 children injured in China by a Mad Man with a knife. 20 children and 6 adults dead in Conn. by a Mad Man with a gun....

      People don't kill people. Guns kill people.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noah Fenns

      Whoa, let's review your arguement aspect by aspect. True, it's the person operating the mechanism, not the mechanism, that needs bear the responsibility, but without the mechanism, the action is greatly curtailed. I don't drill a hole without a drill, I don't saw a board without a saw, I don't travel down the highway without a car, and I don't shoot lethal bullets without a gun. True, we can kill with a car or make a hole in wood with a gun, but the tendency to use mechanisms beyond the intent of their design is not as great as is their designed use. Okay, we won't eliminate killings and deaths if we reduce accessability to handguns and assault rifles, but we're likely going to reduce them greatly. All murders are travesties, but nevertheless within that context, fewer by even a few is far better, unless of course you're ready to argue pro-death. I may be a good time to check with someone in Newtown for their view on this matter ...

      December 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mac

    i disagree with stricter gun laws the gunman tried buying a gun couple days before he went to the school so i would like to know how having stricter gun laws could've prevented this tragedy

    December 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      People with unstable children be required to lock up their guns under the penalty of law. There's your answer, it's that simple.

      December 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott A

      Axil is apparently not very not very smart, my guns are safely locked up to avoid anyone from accessing them as they should be. Hunting has been legal for thousands of years and is my right!!! You LIBERALS think laws can protect everyone from any situation, which they cannot and will not!!!! If you have a problem with hunting perhaps youu prefer the animal population to become to large spread disease and eventually die off due to overpopulation and lack of food? I don't make you hunt and that is your decision, don't try to make my decisions for me!!!!!! You are just another ignorant LIBERAL thinking they know what is best for all and you DON"T!!!!!!

      December 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      kinda curious about your love of guns. please explain it. is it the 2nd amendment or just the idea of owning a gun thats fun? fyi the amendment states the arming of a well regulated militia not a free for all on gun ownership

      December 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    This nations obssesion with guns is the real sickness.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • idiat

      No. It is this nations epidemic of fat and unstable people is the problem. This nation provides everything and yet we have psychos running around free. Lock up the psychos. And why are all these murderes children of single mothers? Hmm..??

      December 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lam

      absolutely, anyone ,,anyone who says differently is lying ,or completely clueless.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Doug

    As horrific as this tragedy is, we must also remember that blood ALWAYS has been the price of freedom. Regardless of if that blood is spilled on a foreign battlefield, a movie theatre in Colorado, or a school in Newtown Connecticut…

    December 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name*mom of three

    Remember 911 & the heroes who took the plane down to stop the terrorist? Why didn't the adults try to take him down?! I look at the security officers in my daughters school...old and out of shape, what will they do if something like this happened there?! Gun laws will not stop someone from getting a drug addicts who buy illegal drugs...The problem is that people get too comfortable thinking something bad wont happen...why spend money on better security or better have people who feel their rights are being violated and feel uncomfortable with armed security or the Government knowing their private lives...but these very people will want to do something when it's too late and it's always too late.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim H

    The one piece of this investigation as well as Columbine and others in this country that's missing is what prescription drugs had these people taken, over what period of time and what are the side effects o0f these drugs. I have personally seen young people snap over the smallest things after taking these d Ritalin type drugs. I'm sure many other responder's to this article have also

    December 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ma & pa

    Most people would not WANT to harm another human being even if they had cannons in their posession. The problem is the INTENT of the person who has even a toohpick in their posession. They could use the toothpick for the labeled purpose or build little, 'log', toy houses from them. OK. But, if they attempt to do harm to others with them there must be a defense available against them...maybe a board for a shield and a stick to smack the ankles of the aggressor, when the command to stop is not heeded. Rediculous? Not really. The reasonable people need weapons to protect themselves and theirs, to slow down or stop intruders that would wreck their lives. Evil-doers tread carelully or not at all where they know their well-being is at risk.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. futureman

    Attention well balanced people...stopo spinning your wheels..there is no point in reasoning with gun geeks... it is the equivalent of a guy in 1860 arguing the issue of slavery with a slave owner... there is only one Let's Roll!

    December 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. surewhynot

    The dude was crazy. His mother was in denial. When she finally decided to put her foot down and make a man out of him, he snapped. Judging from the home he lived in, they were not poor. The family had recommendations to get him evaluated and protect him because he was so awkward. Instead, they gave him things to occupy his time like violent video games, and unmonitored computer activity. You can't control everything as a parent, but you sure can take responsibility for their mental health, especially if you have the money to take care of it. He should have been in a live-in institution with heavy psychotherapists around the clock. Healing from mental illness is possible with the right strategies.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rusty

    School Security needs to be increased. There should not be anyone allowed to wonder the schools freely. It is sad to think kids come from many situations. With the wars it will not be any easier for children. Please complete this survey:

    December 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dt

      HUH?// The guy blew the lock off to obtain access.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    In 1988 a drunk driver killed 27 people, 20 of them kids. When will we band cars? We won't, so why take away guns. More people have been killed this year by auto accidents then by guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kuta

      I'll go along with your argument despite the fact that almost every auto death in existence is an accident vs. pre-meditated murder.

      We require everyone that drives a car to learn how to use it first. We require people to pass a competency test. We take suspend or take away their license if you disobey the law.

      We regulate how heavy your car can be, the type of equipment you have, how bright your lights can be, what’s within the driver’s view, the use of cell phones, the darkness of window covering and thousands of other things.

      We require you to register your car and renew the registration every year. If you sell your car the new owner must register it as well.

      I agree, we should regulate guns the way we regulate cars.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazke

      No one wants to ban all guns. Just the ones that are designed for killing a large amount of people in a short amount of time. Cars are very heavily regulated, the right to drive them can be revoked quite easily, and they serve a purpose other than killing people. Plus, driving while drunk is illegal. Your argument is invalid.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ok

      We are dependent on cars for society to function, we are not dependent on guns. Period.

      Next argument.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dt

      Really bad argument. Cars that were death missiles on the roads were banned... Think Corvair. If there were a car specifically designed to be the most efficient vehicular homicide special how long would you expect to see it in a showroom? Makes me think of things like Chevy crippler or Dodge destroyer. Think about your arguments a little bit.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lam

    To all the people who own guns to protect themselves because they are in fear of whatever they fear,I would like to know how many ppl who own these guns for their own protection have actually had to use, or ever used then to protect themselves ,and was it justified ? I have lived 50 years in large cities and small rural towns, never once have I felt the need to own a gun to protect myself and never once have I needed one too, this is working late shifts into early morning hours and being a single female many years on my own. Just curious.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      So let me get this straight. you are more afraid of a mass shooting when it affects .0000007% of the population. But think that those who are afraid of violent crimes that affects 3% of the population every year. A violent assault for which a firearm would be useful is over four million times more likely than a mass shooting and yet you come here to promote a solution to the latter.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
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