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. Barb

    Everyone can argue about gun control, bad parenting, prescription drugs or the NRA. The bottom line is that mental illness is running rampant within a system that takes parental rights away and keeps the stigma of mental illness in the forefront instead of support. From what I have seen on CNN, there has been no mention of SSRI's but I did hear the mother took time off work to look after her son full time. She must have seen a problem with her son. Which from all reports would not have been autism, but failed to report it to professionals that may have had a clearer vision of his problems. I agree assault weapons and the clips for mass destruction need to stay in their place. I am not in favor of complete gun control. My main concern is getting help to the victims of mental illness who don't always have control of their actions.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Mayor of Medinah

    The largest mass murder prior to 9/11 was the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City no guns involved, just two mentally ill individuals. I will agree that in most states it is way to easy to obtain firearms and their needs to be tighter control over the sale of firearms. But I also believe that we need stricter sentencing for those who are found guilty of crimes using firearms. So far this year in the city of Chicago more than 500 innocent people have been murdered may of then by illegal firearms or known felons. To many people feel that it is completely fine to settle a score with the use of a gun. Now that certainly is not the mark of a sane person now is it.

    The Oklahoma City bombing was a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. It would remain the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. The bomb was estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage

    December 17, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Tim McVeigh was a right-wing loon, but he was not mentally ill.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dandy

      Yep, and the bomber used very common materials to make the bomb.. Stuff you can buy just about everywhere even today!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Teri

    Has anyone wondered why a mother would take to a child with mental issues or some emotional difficulties to train at a shooting range? Did she not lock away her hand guns and assault weapons in a safe or something? Doesn't matter about the mental health of the children – guns should always be locked up, or this is what can happen. Huge horrible tragedy.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Mayor of Medinah

    I am not sure why they are not calling this an act of terrorism when it clearly is.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • lmori

      Because terrorism is an act that is designed to create terror for political purposes. There is no indication that this was done to terrify anyone for a political reason. It seems more likely that this was an act of crazy by a disturbed individual who hated the world and didn't want to leave it by himself.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cam

    I am a canadian and this is a horrible tragedy that has happend too many times but one question is being overlooked. Why would a mother who knew her child had serious mental health issues would have her guns stored at her house? Could she not store them at the gun club? Common sense would dictate that I am not saying this would averted this tragedy but it would have helped

    December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      People don't store guns at gun clubs in the US. My local range doesn't even have a place to do that. Are you British or something?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      Are you a Southerner or something?! Lol! The first words this person typed were, " I am a canadian." Are you stupid or something?

      December 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brad

    The only positive spin I can put on this is that these wonderful children, and adults will have the best Christmas they have ever had, in the presence of their Lord and Savior, can only imagine........

    December 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Morpheo

      "Savior"? tsssssss.......... Their best christmas was just a few days away, in their home with their parents.

      This horrible tragedy just makes me sick.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      What about the kids and adults who were not Christians, or who had committed "sins" and not asked forgiveness? Where od they spend Christmas?

      That's a really lame "positive spin"

      December 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jenny

    wait, we all mourning, and praying, but no one is going to tell me this kid does not look crazy...and for people of the town to say the mother would do anything for her kids, it seems she did not get the help for this kid from a very young age, and he hasn;t spoken to his brother in 2 years...this kid was crazy, not ocd, and their should have NEVER been guns in that home. period. this kid was not right, look at his eyes and face, it is truly scary...he needed help along time ago

    December 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      I agree. We need people who are good at "seeing" crazy in the eyes of those who are mentally unstable. Make them theri own task force to roam America looking for crazy people and executing them. That would cut senseless killings by more than half. I like how people say, "guns don't kill, people do." If thats the case, then lets get rid of the root of the problem. The crazy people who kill. Saying people kill and not guns is a lame ass response to America's problem. You might as well just sweep it under the rug, again. Guns are easier to ban than crazy people.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JP

    I know everyone wants to turn this into a gun debate but this is honestly not about guns, it is about sick crazy people. What happened is an absolute tragedy but think about something for a minute. If these sick people didn't have the easy access to guns they may have instead resorted to making bombs. Think of the tragedy then. Colorado the killer had his whole apartment booby trapped with bombs so he clearly knew how to make them. These are just plain sick people. Instead of 26 people dead in the school imagine 200 dead due to him creating a bomb instead of using a gun and no one has a chance to escape. Does Oklahoma City ring a bell? 168 deaths

    December 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Sorry, but this most definitely is a gun debate. Seriously mentally ill people don't go around committing mass-murder with their bare hands. Guns were involved. Follow the logic. How do we keep guns away from people like this? Regulation is involved. The Constitution states "a WELL REGULATED militia". What is the legal definition of "well regulated"? Would you consider the existing laws as "well regulated" when thousands die of gun violence in this country year after year? Laws are supposed to protect people. This is a massive failure of government at the hands of some seriously mentally ill people...the gun lobbies, who lack any empathy, logic, and reason, and are too stubborn-headed to see the FACTS.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      So why not restrict both? Building bombs is illegal. The purchase of many of the products used to make bombs (even household chemicals) are tracked. Websites that give instructions on how to build bombs are also tracked. Guns are simply easier to use than bombs and are easier to stockpile without being noticed. This is not just a mental health issue., It is 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. If you really believe that people should have assault guns, semi-automatic pistols, and high capacity clips, please stand up and visit the parents of the children in Newtown and state your case. Tell them that the gun didn't kill their children.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jennifer Gerling

    I do not hear anyone commenting on the medication Mr. Lanza was taking. I believe this should be the first place to look if people want answers. So many SSRI's and antipsychotic medications cause unbelievable side effects. Our society including Dr.'s do not acknowledge the obvious fact that psychiatric medications cause more harm than good in so many instances.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • KaosinBloom

      Great point Jennifer.

      And why don't we hear more of potentiAlly harmful side effects from these medications? The simple answer is because these drugs make pharmaceutical companies millions and millions of dollars.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. kevinkornemann

    Can someone please tell me if Adam Lanza was on medication, before, after, or during this tragedy? I'm also curious why none of the media outlets are talking about this crucial question?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • m575ad

      perhaps the police are trying to do a thorough investigation first - has there not been enough leaks and reporting of the wrong information - the name of the shooter, the mother was a teacher at the school, the mother was killed at the school (all wrong)..perhaps the facts should come before speculation. Also blood tests for meds/alcohol take some time.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Foolery

      Just to venture a guess.. he probably was not on medication AFTER the tragedy.

      I'm no expert though

      December 17, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Can someone please tell me why an elementary school teacher need 2 hand guns and an assault rifle and then allows her son, who is mentally unstable (or at least autistic) to have access to these weapons? As a parent she HAD to know that her son was not quite right in the head. She is just as culpable as her son!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazke

      Well, she wasn't an elementary school teacher. But she still shouldn't have had the guns (or they should have been locked up). It's none of our business what medications he was on. It's private information that the police need for their investigation, but we DON'T need for our morbid curiosity.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ken Blackwell

    When is the press going to pick upon the fact that the largest mental health infirmary in the state of Connecticut was actually located in newtown and was closed down in the eighties (or there about) and is now largely used as sports fields for the very kids who are victims of this massacre? Can't believe that you have missed this irony.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brad

    Common people! we've had mentally ill individuals from the beginning of time and will to the end of days, many are loved by their families and friends, it seems to me the best way to remedy this is to get rid of "Mass Killing Machines" we dont need them. Yes they might find a knofe or gun to do harm and that is tragic, but to give them the deivce to mass murder is something society can do something about, why are we ignoring that fact?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • KaosinBloom

      Brad, to say that this individual couldn't have committed such a heinous and tragic offense with three pistols is foolish, at best. Sure it might have been more difficult to do, or perhaps he would have killed a few less. However, is 13 or fourteen innocent victims massacred any less of a tragedy than 27? The short answer is NO.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I respect all human life, and yes one life many vs many is just as horrific, but what would you say your chances or a group of teachers chances would be against a gun that is repeating 100 rounds without stopping vs. a knife weilding or multigun (having to reload or pull out another weapon) would be, I like my chances in the later. I know we will never eliminate these circumnstances but we sure can reduce the impact.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Yoou are right 1 life is just as bad as many, I respect all human life, but I like my chances against a person carrying a knife or many guns having to rreload or change weapons verses someone able to fire 100's of rounds one after another
      I'm just saying we have the power to limit death and destruction by one simple act, get rid of all these "mass Killing Machines"

      December 17, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Janis

    The gun debate will go on forever. I do think that we can do a better job of protecting the children. I would suggest that every school consider those metal panels that lower automatically and lock in place, much like the ones used by small businesses to protect their stores. Each classroom would have been sealed shut until the police arrived.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. rockfish

    Too late, it's too many guns out there, and what do people do after a mass shooting, they rush out and buy more guns
    before the goverment bans them, I saw this on the news yesterday, gun stores where packed like Walmart on black Friday, That's people's mentality, mass murder, buy more guns. So much for gun control.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • preacher

      The question is... What are all of those people buying guns using them for? Guns are meant for only 1 thing... to kill people. A knife has a number of uses and can be used as a tool. If they are gun collectors, that is one thing, they can remove the firing pins and display them on there walls. But if the gun they use for protection is capable of going through a cop's vest, it should be heavily regulated to prevent unstable individuals and their families from accessing them. I speak as a ex cop who was shot in the line of duty.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      So just do nothing? Why not tax the guns excessively, required annual reregistration (and make it retroactive for guns already possessed) and use the money to support mental health care? You have to pay insurance and registration for your car and house. There are excise taxes on cigrarettes and alcohol. I have no problem paying for my use of a car, alcohol, cigarettes, and rights to hold a gun. They all kill lots of people directly and indirectly, intentionally and non-intentionally. I cost the taxpayer through healthcare costs, road repair, law enforcement, court costs, etc.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. humberto

    More law, No Order.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
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