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. Carlos

    We have prescription drugs on the market with listed side effects of homicidal & suicidal ideation (continuous ruminating thoughts of killing others or oneself).
    Your proof is in the bottle @ The Prophet

    December 17, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. KaosinBloom

    To those clamoring for the ban of assault rifles, I ask this question:

    Could he not have killed 26 children and adults with three pistols? Certainly he could have, but it would have been a little more difficult, but more likely less innocent victims would have lost their lives. Take a moment to think about it. Is 13 or fourteen children and teachers losing their lives any less tragic than 27? No, not even a little.

    I'm not opposed to the ban of wartime weapons, but I'm not foolish enough to believe that without an assault rifle this tragedy wouldn't have happened. We must address this complex problem as a whole, rather than nitpicking at it.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      How bout we start protecting our children at school with guns! Just like we do the President! Are our children not more important!

      December 18, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. KaosinBloom

    I can't believe your wild, assumptive generalizations were posted. Just my opinion though.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. thora jackson

    the children who were hurt did not deserve to be hurt it was the own persons problem not the children's

    December 17, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. hannah

    You know what? Your comment is not even remotely humorous.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anne

    So much hatred. These were children- what adult has a beef with first graders? This is why there should be laws that allow parents to have their adult mentally ill children locked up before they endanger others.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • thora jackson

      they are allowed to be locked up but only if a doctor says or if they decide to go them self

      December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      The government had all these programs for mental health but had to cut them when we exported tax paying jobs to slave countries.With all of our futures going overseas,does anybody see this as the tip of the iceberg ? How many of you know folks with no jobs and no hope ? Do you catch what I'm saying here ?

      December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. alura

    Metal illness might only be part of it. What's missing is a moral compass, the fact that we need to teach everyone they are responsible for their actions, the fact that we should not sell clip that hold numerous rounds. We need to treat guns like cars...renew registrations every year, require lessons, licenses, continuing education AND insurance requirements!!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • thora jackson

      totally my opinion they should not let people with mental problems handel guns

      December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • BCrisp

      The problem is that when it comes to someone with a mental illness....such as Oppositional Defiance, ADHD, Bi cannot teach them to be responsible for their actions no matter how hard you try. Most of the time there is no remorese for anything they do...period. It is an illness. Nothing is normal about it...absolutely nothing. So I'm sorry...I wish it were as simple as teaching a moral compass but it can almost never be done with someone who has mental health issue.

      December 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • biff mcguzzle

      Three little words–and insurance requirements--and I think you have put one of the pieces in place. My auto insurance is a required commodity to reimburse an innocent person should I be at fault in an accident. The cost of providing insurance for people who must have deadly weapons around their house, whether they are secured or not, might make some of them think about whether or not that weapon is a necessity and it could reimburse victims for their injuries .

      December 18, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Seth Hill

    Gun dealers, we liberals are coming to get you ...

    December 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Bring a bullet proof vest!

      December 18, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. hannah

    (This was a reply to Carla, but it didn't get up there....)

    December 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. gctwnl

    How come such a large portion of the US population is so pathologically afraid? 'Doomsday preppers' (the perpetrator's mother was one), "Climate change is a communist plot by the muslim Obama to install a world government", etc. etc. Fear mongering has destroyed much of what made the US culture a great one. This US culture will not be able to get rid of guns. The US population is just too fearful and propaganda keeps them that way. Not even little children murdered like this will change that. Next: a gun in every class room so teachers can defend the children. After that: outrage at the occasional teacher going berserk with the guns available. Next: children being armed in case the teacher goes berserk. Next...

    December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Chicago - The City where gun bans work!

      How come you're so trusting that the government will do the right thing?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Texhimself

      Ever notice that the tough guys with their concealed carry are never at the location of a gun crime? Why? Where are all these Marshall Dillons that talk such bold talk? First to run?

      December 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bertina

    Mental health should be the focus of this.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • KaosinBloom

      It should definitely be part of the focus. But as I said in my comment, which has yet to post, we must focus on this complex problem as a whole. There isn't one single answer or solution or amendment to the Constitution that can be made to completely rid our nation of heinous acts of violence such as this.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      I agree.. they guy could have just as well used some other means to kill a bunch of kids. How many people can you kill with a speeding car driving though a crowd? People are pretty fragile. Should we limit all cars to no more than 10 mph just in case??

      December 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Yes, and also serious gun control. The murderer's mental health and weapons killed people, not just mental health issues. Ban all weapons besides shotguns and hunting rifles - no magazines/clips, no handguns (except for licensed and professional law enforcement officers and military personnel). Hunting and home protection are still permitted with shotguns and hunting rifles. Registration every year with hefty fees and insurance required for all weapons (including those a person already owns). Funds from registration fees can help pay for increased mental health services. Gun owners who do not safely store their weapons are fined and if their weapon is used by another in a crime, they are liable. Mental health is one of many issues, it is not the only one.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    168 people died in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahhoma City, 1995.

    An act of domestic terrorism on that scale has not happened in the 17 years since. And why? You really think there aren't more people in the country who would do something like that if they had the chance?

    It's because an ammonium nitrate bomb capable of visiting that kind of destruction isn't available everyday. It takes willpower, resources, and a lot of luck to pull off a plot like Timothy McVeigh did in 1995.

    Since 1995, we've had too many mass shootings in this country to list without recoiling in horror. Columbine...Aurora...Newtown...just to name a few.

    THINK ABOUT IT. No, it's not just the guns. But to completely deny that the accessibility of guns–particularly assault weapons–is not a huge factor in these horrible events is to have your head completely in the sand and deny all reason.

    It's clear the problem has to be attacked on both a mental health front and a gun control front. Censorship of movies / TV / video games isn't going to happen. But taking gun control completely out of the equation is asinine and ignorant.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      168 people died in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahhoma City, 1995.

      An act of domestic terrorism on that scale has not happened in the 17 years since. And why? You really think there aren't more people in the country who would do something like that if they had the chance?

      Really, did you miss 9/11?

      December 18, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. obamacansaveyourhouselosangeles

    we really need (FOR ONCE) to do the Tough part of keeping America SAFE. we need to deal with helping those who need the help the MOST. The mentally ill or those who are suffering in whatever way. It is EASY to blame guns and TAKE AWAY The Rights of Others. what we have FAILED TO DO, is provide adequate mental health and support over a LONG TERM. This is what we get for FAILing to MAKE and TAKE The HARD DECISIONS. just like our political Leaders in Washington cant come to grips with our National DEBT. until we start making HARD CHOICES and TOUGH Decisions it will be MORE of the SAME. Gun Control is NOT the ANSWER. GUN CONTROL is NOT even The ISSUE. Long Term mental health support is WHAT WE ARE MISSING. but it IS OUR CHOICE. we have MADE The wrong DECISION for FAR TOO LONG.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. dreamer96

    All these children gone now, and Christmas presents at home for them..They should bury the presents with their children along with a teddy bear.....

    December 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      Or they could give them to kids that don't have any presents.... instead of burying them in the ground! Geez...

      December 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      These children died and all you can comment on is their stupid Christmas presents?? Who cares about presents. This is the last thing any parent or anyone involved in this horrible incident is thinking about right now.

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

      Todd, I laid awake for hours last night, thinking about empty beds and untouched stockings and unopened presents. Try to put yourself in a parent's place. They have to decide what to do with the gifts they bought. Give them to charity, return them, save them for a sibling – these are real decisions that no parent should ever have to make. While I agree that burying them with the children would be silly, people are thinking about these kinds of things. When my brother died, my mother had to go through all of his personal belongings and decide what to keep and what to give to who. It's on their minds, at some level, trust me.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. thora jackson

    rest in peace angels that walked on earth you will always be in every ones heart

    December 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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