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.

Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting 

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  1. no more WAR WEAPONRY in our cities

    Any SENATOR "against assault weapons" will have my vote from now on "This not a debatable" see you on the next election day.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • tokencode

      No assault weapon was used in this crime, it was a semi-automatic rifle, get your facts straight.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazke

      Also known as an assault rifle. Get your facts straight, tokencode.

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

      @tokencode: Nice. Way to chime in with something so absolutely useless and unhelpful. After reading the article, THAT was your contribution? That's what you felt compelled to share? Pathetic

      December 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ma & pa

    Our sympathy is with everyone who is grieving because of this and any other tragedy that may be affecting you.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. michael

    assault gun lovers are cowards. talk tough until one is pointed at them.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. voiceofreason

    After reading the responses, what amazes me is how people are so quick to insult each other. Namecalling and insults do not solve anything. Obviously if someone is hellbent on killikng people they will resort to fertilizer, (Timothy McVeiigh), or even boxcutters (9/11) , however having said that, what is the purpose of assault rifles? To kill Bambi? Or guns with magazines with 30+ rounds in them? Something must be done. Maybe make schools like prisons.. but wouldn't that be sad. I have no answers, but common sense and being civil with each other must prevail no matter what. In the meantime, those of you who have children, hug them one more time, have patience with them, and pray for those who can't.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. www2012

    2009 – guns were responsible for the deaths of 173 Canadians....same year, guns were responsible for the deaths of over 9000 Americans. Luckily some Americans have their head on straight and understand the correlation. The fascination and strong opinions of certain Americans who oppose stricter gun laws is beyond me. You'd think that you were asked for your kidneys. But I guess those people would prefer I just go back into my igloo and keep my mouth shut.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kuta

      There's a large number of Americans that see the facts for what they are. We're no longer going to be placated by NRA catchphrases and intellectually dishonest comparisons.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      Gun ownership in canada is really quite high. Actually one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world. soooooo.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knotty Boy

      I am thrilled for your Canadian murder rate. And why is it Canadians seem to have an overwhelming need to preach your philosophical wisdom to Americans? Our cultures are different, our history is different, our demography is different and our value systems are different. I don't want to be Canadian. If I wanted Canadian solutions to America's problems, I would pack up the car and move to Winnipeg. And outside of a barely recognizable language, we're not British, either.

      How about you go have a cup of tea and feel self-satisfied at your local crumpet shop... and let us solve our own problems?

      Thank you.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Will S

    No one "needs" more than a revolver, a shotgun, or a bolt action rifle. I was a machinegunner in the 82nd and I can assure you that assault rifles are vastly over-rated for "defense". Want to defend your house? Buy a shotgun or a large caliber pistol. The sound of either will scare a burglar away even if you miss. If you *really* want to go back to the 2nd Amendment, you'll restrict yourself to a musket and a bayonet, which is what the Founding Fathers had in mind. If you think Washington and Jefferson envisaged a future where people can put a hundred rounds a minute downrange you are on crack.

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

      Thank you for your sensible comment and thank you for your service to our country.

      December 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      For your argument to be valid it must be written on parchment using a quill and delivered to CNN by the post office.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb JJ

      Thank you, Will, for your service to our country and for your ability to place the gun debate in perspective.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Anna – you want to know why? Because only guns in the hands of civilian population guarantee that a government will not become a tyranny. Don't like it? Move to Europe – pleeeeeease.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Anna == troll.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dt

      Well said with one caveat – the sound of a pump shotgun bringing a shell into battery alone almost always ends a home invasion. No discharge required. That sound is unique and more horrifying than meeting a zombie in the dark.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bribarian

    Here comes the disarming of Americans.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      How do you fear that will happen? Extremely impractical and would require suspension of the 4th Amendment as well... oh wait, your President George W. Bush already eviscerated the 4th Amendment... what do you care?

      December 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honest citizen

      You mean the disarmament of honest citizens. The would never ever in a million years be able to disarm a single crook

      December 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. citizen

    He would have just used a baseball bat or a sword if you had taken his guns away.
    Would you rather have seen 20 kids beat to death wirh a hammer?

    December 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmm

      You arent that stupid are you? The same attack happened in China on the same day, guns are banned so the suspect used a knife. 22 wounded, 0 dead.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      How would someone get away with that?

      December 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      I'd say that teachers would have a much better chance of stopping him if he used a bat.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      I have heard plenty of arguments from both sides and although I am an avid sportsman who enjoys hunting turkeys, geese, bear, deer, and moose I DO NOT require semi automatic firearms, handguns, or assault weapons. I DO NOT require hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Also, I do not know how anyone can compare the use of firearms to knives, baseball bats, cleavers, etc. A person has no chance in a classroom or hallway to defend themselves against bullets flying through the air. However, a knife or bat is much easier by avoiding the individual, running away, swinging a chair or broom at the suspect, etc.....a bullet....ZERO defence. Firearms require zero effort and are fast. Other weapons require energy and contact with the victims. Maybe some of the poor innocent victims would have been killed however I believe less people would have been killed in the end. Even one of the 26 lives saved would have been a blessing!

      December 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. citizen

    Go to and read thousands of accounts of people strung-out on antidepressants going berzerk.
    A few use guns, but most use whatever is handy...forks, hammers, bats, knives, etc., etc., etc.
    And so it is the drugs, NOT the guns.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David

    This issue is much deeper than gun laws. I'm not a gun owner but have many friends who are and they are responsible people. If we truly want to get to the root of problems like this we better start paying more attention to what is going on with our own kids and the kids around us. For that matter people in general. I have many friends who are teachers and tell me frightening stories of behavior issues they have with students. I've also had a personal experience with a child that had phsychological problems. It is way more complex than just banning guns but I also think it doesn't help having them in your home with children if you aren't going to be responsible and lock them up. It's not going to be easy figuring this out but I hope and pray something like this never happens again but I'm sure it will.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      THIS ISSUE IS GUN LAW! BAN GUNS IN THE US!!! Look at the statistics on gun crimes in England (UK) and look at them in the United States (US)! This has to stop! If we ban guns in the US we will be able to stop these senseless murders of young children especially. This 20 year old kid had his MOTHER's GUNS??!!!! Why do we have SO MANY SCHOOL SHOOTINGS? WHY ARE THESE CHILDREN BEING MURDERED BY THEIR PEERS?

      December 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • overthe47percenters

      uh, anna...this kid belonged in a facility...not at home.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Anna banning guns is fine with me if it would actually work, but it WON'T! It would only put a bandaid on the problem of "VIOLENT PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL" If I thought it would stop this insanity I would work my butt off to get it done in a second. Criminals don't obey the law period!

      December 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      The us does not have a monopoly on people with mental problems. If you truly have responsible friends that own guns. How wonderful for you. then you shouldn't have a problem making sure all gun owners are responsible, trained and have their bullets tracked.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Alcohol and cell phones kill more people than guns Should we ban them as well Anna?

      December 18, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. the prophet

    Hello everyone

    December 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
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  13. Twinless Twin

    My sympathy goes out to all affected in the Sandy Hook Shootings. I have lost many friends and family membes over the years, due to many reasons. What stands out most in all of those I lost was my Twin to a car accident and a dear friend in a gun accident. Both were due to irresponsible people. I am still unsure what the answer is in either of these terrible accidents. I am a gun owner and collector and yes I own a car. My family includes many hunters as well as police officers in different departments with City and State. I do not and will not own an assault style weapon such as the rifle that killed 20 innocent children. Until Friday I would have never supported any type of gun control. I will now. Ban the assault rifles and the magazines or clips that hold more than 10 rounds. If the gunman had not jungle taped the magazines and if the magazines had not held 30 bullets each, maybe, just maybe the death toll would not have been so high. The need to reload takes time and might have given one or more of the staff members time to disarm him. I see no use for any assault style weapons with large magazines to be in the hands of ordinary citizens. If you cannot hunt or protect yourself with 10 or less bullets, learn to shoot what you aim at or get a shotgun. Enough Said.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. massoud

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    December 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. claudia holmok

    My condolences to the families of all of those who died in the school shootings last Friday.
    It is my understanding that our children have to live in fear, with practice drills, as prisoners in their own schools
    because the NRA wants to hide behind the second amendment which is the most antiquated law in the U.S. so the NRA's
    conterparts, the gun manufacturers can turn a buck? It seems to me that the real men are those who do not hide behind guns, or the second amendment but those who have the sense to know right from wrong, and there is nothing right about
    our children having to live in fear for those of you who feel it is a right to tote a gun. It is a right for our children to be innocent, and not live in fear. Perhaps you the Gun owners should be locked up, and practice emergency drills and live in fear. I suspect your maker will see to it that the blood on your hands will never wash away. NRA you can not hide from
    what and who you all are, a sad reminder that bad people come in all shapes and sizes, but your hearts are all the same,
    small and inadequate for anything much more than evil.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
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