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. shirley

    It isnt a matter of weapon control; it a matter of people. some people are just evil. If you wanted to kill someone; with a little imagination and internet access, you can get anything you want from the local store. I.E.Walmart or target.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. What about violence in music and video games??

    One of the top songs is Titanium by David Guetta. One of the lines says "Machine gun fired at the ones who run". The video to the song is profoundly disturbing. It starts out with a kid running from a school after he apparently destroyed the place. He is seen running away while a teacher calls the police. The police chase the kid and the kid destroys the police. The kid in the video is made out to look like a nice innocent victim who apparently had no choice but to destroy the people around him. Incredibly disturbing and inappropriate video. Today's kids are bombarded with this stuff. Video games are extremely violent and desensitize our kids. We must stop buying this filth. We must stop allowing our kids to purchase or view this stuff. We all need to start paying more attention to what our kids are exposed to. We must demand better media for our kids. Look at your kids music, look at your kids video games, look at your kids online activity. We are not our kids friends, we are better than that, we are their parents. Parents need to stand up and take charge.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jana Lessa

    Please someone needs to review the AB3632- A bill that has been suspended by the governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that used to guarantee services and mandatory follow up to students with behavioral and mental health problems here in California. This was an amazing service provided by the government to help studants with mental and or behavioral problems, unfortunately it's been suspended .

    December 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rueben r

    I am a gun control supporter and former police officer in a major US city. Guns don't kill people, people kill people and I am glad this monster got rid of the freak that created him, if this had to happen. Very very sad about the innocent kids. She either knew or should have known this could happen and still collected guns and trained this weirdo son of hers on how to use all these weapons. The mother is very much to blame.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sane

    Yes, there needs to be Gun control..No question about it.. But we as society is teaching violence. We teach that every given sunday by running highlight reels of hits.. We teach by encouraging MMA which nothing but pure madness..We teach by our video games..I think along with the Gun Control if there is no social change and as a society we walk away from Violence and attach a stigma to anything that is violent, I am not so sure the solution is attained.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Craig

    I see a lot of posts saying the guy was mentally ill... I last I heard, but he was just socially awkward. I am Big difference.

    Second... I this right to bare arms... written when all people had were muskets.... not semi automatics. Time to get your act together and sort out these dated laws people.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. michael

    tell me more about this camo. wearing person in the woods ... was that today? was that on friday? how accuratei is that info....

    December 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      it was Fri. immediately after the shootings. They had footage of it and even the media was reporting it at first, but then it was dropped like that.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. dc3gal

    I have tried pulling up the new fb page for Newtown United and can't bring it up? Anyone else find it?

    December 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    Why in these reports does the media consistently report the names of the criminal? All it does is encourage other people out there that are teetering on the edge. Their names should be reported once and never repeated again.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • twiz123

      I totally agree. If you want to restrict my gun ownership right you may as well attack freedom of speech as well because in my own humble opinion they go hand in hand. Take a way the right to gun ownership...take away the right for the press to inundate society with bloodshed...furthering the cause of more bloodshed. Guns do in fact kill people...but no more than the press does.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      I agree! When John Lennon was killed, Canadian media NEVER used his name in their coverage. Harder here when the 1st victim shared a last name with this 'thing'!

      December 18, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • famprof

      No... they should be repeated as many times as needed. That name should be disgraced for eternity, not hidden. People shall remember it. If we repeat the name of other villains like Osama bin Laden every five minutes, then Adam Lanza should be a name we remember. Osama bin Laden was at war with America due to it's constant meddling in Middle East politics and violation of human rights in the region including Iraq. Who was Adam Lanza at war with? Repeat his name so that people remember.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Lee

      And his mother ,Nancy, is not treated as a victim either.

      Maybe we shouldn't try to mainstream .... special needs children in schools either... so that their differences stand out even more, among other normal children???

      I guess that social experiment has failed.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. crashed29

    how about we give every principal or designated personnel at EVERY school a gun that is locked in a safe? that way if anything happened, they would have the authority to take someone out.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • invisleg

      Good land. What are you thinking? If you bothered to even think about what you are proposing...smh.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      There was at least one US school shooting a few years that was stopped by a staff member with a gun, and I believe that that is not the only instance.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      One example of people with guns stopping a school shooting was Appalachian School of Law in 2002, but that wasn't the example I had in mind when I posted my previous message.

      December 18, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Pray for newton

      And what do we do if the principal goes crazy and decides to shoot the school children. Do we have a back up gun watching her? What do the children do when billets fly from everywhere?

      December 18, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • EmcK

      Adam – Would that be the same shooting where the shooter killed three people, was leaving the premises and who witnesses say was stopped by an unarmed man before two students showed up with guns and claimed they'd stopped him?

      December 18, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alejandro Montante

    The fact that remains is that we don't know whether the Chinese man tried to KILL his victims or only wound. I find it hard to believe that he could not kill a single one of them if that were his motive.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. shujaat Syed

    I think President should hv taken this steps long time bk but its too late now we hv lost those beautiful kids ...also remember one thing president said we should eliminate this by taking some steps also he should stop killing innocent kids around the world too.....This is not about Americans this is about the life of human innocent that we hv lost ...they just never come bk regardless

    December 18, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. sb

    CNN– why are you posting the shooter's GPA and what classes he took??? SERIOUSLY? WHO CARES IF HE DROPPED GERMAN CLASS. is this really news? why are you giving the tiniest details attention, as if we care/need to know.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Erum

    Extremely sad! Words cant explain how sad it is. One things thats pretty strange is that the word "Sandy" is common in both terrible things that have happened to East Coast.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chrisdapill

    i have a solution to any school shooting fears. get x-military service members who have an honorable discharge, no mental issues and hire as armed guards. if they have children they put there children in the schools they guard.i will get out just to do this my girls are everything to me. I have served over seas i want to serve at home. People will still have ways of having firearms. I want to be there to watch outside cameras so i can monitor who comes in and keep my children safe.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeS

      America does not have the money to fund securities in all schools. Future madman will target stores, cinema, football games arena, parking lots, etc. America can do nothing to stop assault weapons, since there are too many loop holes and we cannot take back all the assault weapons sold for the past hundred years. A handgun can kill as much more people as an assaullt gun can do. People in this country need spiritual guidance to make them a responsible being.

      December 18, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I disagree; one more employee per school can be afforded, and armed guards at schools are a good investment. I've always wondered why we don't have them, because even more than malls or sporting events; schools are targets for mass-killers looking for maximum emotional impact and minimal resistance.

      December 18, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • MakingSense

      Throw out a few politicians that is costing a lot of money and you will have the money to pay an ex-military in every schools. There are too many of those politicians who are over paid and doing nothing for the country.

      December 18, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
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