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. Bayousara

    Sandy Hook school should be torn down. I would never let my child return to that school no matter how cleaned up it became. Instead, why not build a new school that consists of multiple individual classrooms set apart from each other on the property, each with its own security system, bathrooms, etc. That way one shooter can't be at all of them at the same time.

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

      Try presenting that to the tax payers. Sure, in theory, it sounds great. But it is just fiscally irresponsible.

      And yes, once the dust settles, that's the argument that opponents will say.

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

      Agreed, I cannot imagine students, faculty, and parents wanting to be in a building where such terrible events transpired. The school should be torn down and a memorial honoring those who lost there lives on that awful day should be established. When the new school is erected, the name of the school should be in the name of those faculty members who did what they could do to protect those innocent children. I understand a school is a lot of money to destroy and re-build but something like this beyond a monetary issue. Possibly, the town of Newtown can utilize an old school and establish start over. May God watch over all those affected by this tragic event and please bring some level of comfort to all. You are all in my prayers.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Snake-Eyes

    I keep reading where people say it is about gun control; while others say no it is about mental illness. Well, I conclude that it is about BOTH. Yes, a combination. Just like drinking & driving: it takes a combination to hurt someone else, either done by itself poses a much lower threat. However, should you combine the 2 then look out! . Why can't we all see that?

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

      Well snake eyes you concluded wrong. Its about law enforcement.

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

      Snake-Eyes, I agree that the problem here involves both issues (and probably a few others besides). But try presenting a complex analysis of any problem to the m o r o n s on these boards (or in Congress) who want simplistic answers to any problem. Furhtermore, I dount whether anyone is seriously trying to understand why these things happen because most likely we would then have to change something - something in out laws, something about the underlying nature of our society, something in ourselves - and in our terminally dysfunctional culture, that 's a non-starter by definition. So why bother?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • joeymom

      Humberto, no laws were broken until the kid starting killing.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. a-parent

    It took Obama 4 shootings during his presidency including 20 INNOCENT children to realize USA has a gun problem?????? What is this man thinking?????

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

      If you followed the news much, you would realize how foolish and unnecessary your comment really is.

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

      had to find some way to attack Obama didn't you. If you want to point fingers look at the conservative lawmakers who block any legislation, and in fact have overturned earlier legislation because they are controlled by the NRA

      December 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • cdnreader

      What a ridiculous comment, have you been hiding under a rock?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • oklahoma parent

      obama wasnt thinking about gun control!!!! its all about himelf being re-elected. he wont do anything at all these next 4 yrs. poor country and may God be with the families and the town of Newtown!!!!!

      December 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Bernie – Obama is a disgrace and note the phony tears he was shedding during his comments. It wouldn't surprise me if this was all a liberal conspiracy to start a gun confiscation policy and throw more money towards liberal interest groups.
      Just like the Benghazi cover up, the evil devilcrats will use or will cover up facts to benefit their agenda.'

      So either you are really that dumb or you are trolling on a article about 20 kids being killed. Either way, you dont come over looking all that good.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'oklahoma parent – obama wasnt thinking about gun control!!!! its all about himelf being re-elected.'

      er, you know this is his 2nd and final term right?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Chutzpah

      a=parent == ignorant twit

      December 17, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • joeymom

      Don't read the news much, I see.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Akr

      Umm, he mentioned it after Tucson and Aurora and after Wisconsin.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      This is less of a Liberal consipiracy than a Conservative/Teaparty NRA conspiracy to get more of you nuts to but more and needless guns.....

      December 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emil-S.F.

    I think the American people should blame with all scientist that predicted "So called The Mayan prediction"... This IDIOCY prediction around the word making people afraid and I think that this killer kid thinks that since world is coming to end and instead of killing himself he might as well kill his mother and kill as much as he can... I am deeply sorry for all their family lost.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      I completely agree with you! Was thinking the same thing about the End of hte World BS...

      December 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • midwest3

      Not sure how anyone would connect this killer's rampage with the Mayan Prediction. And seriously, how would we know that the Mayans were attempting to predict anything at all? Any of them left from whom to get confirmation?
      And to what major apocolyptical event would we blame all the other shooting sprees that have occurred over the years – both here and in other countries?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Emil-S.F.

      Couple decades ago 39 People commited suicide because scientist predicted " Hailey's Comet " they think END OF THE WORLD IS COMING... Also the story of "Jonestown" , People thinks world is coming to end.... This is the same scenario what the killer kid did.... I think that this kid thinks that 12/21/2012 is coming to end and that kill as much as he can.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emil - S.F.

      Remember that this kids mother is a member of " DOOMSDAY PREPPERS MOVEMENT " .....

      December 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ns

    Some reality,
    I m a gun owner for many yers, helped to organize 2 target shooting clubs.
    I despise the NRA,an organisation representing gun and ammunition manufacturers.
    Thier motto is -every maniac and terrorist desrves a gun-
    The idea that more guns make us safer is idiotic, invenedt by people who have watched too many cowboy movies.
    Street shoot outs do not make us safer, they kill bystanders.
    we need to keep guns out of the hands of mentally, neurotically, challenged people.
    Who taught Lanza how to load, operate, aim, and fire the weapons? Why did he have access to them?
    The reported "Aspergers" was probably only one part of his problems, it does not usually lead to violence.
    We need to control the types of available firearms, including clip size,and keep them away from potentially dangerous individuals.
    We need to see the NRA for what it is, a manufacturers front, supported by screwballs.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phillip

    when will the media give people their right of privacy soon as the shooting happened there were cameras in the parents and people that live in the town face have some respect people that goes to every news agency. What kind of people ask the person who do the autopsy how many bullets hit each person or where did it hit the kids you all should be ashamed of your self and if that was my child and you asked that dumb question I would knock you out and kicked you out the city.


    A real parent

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

      Your expression of the need for violence ,' knock them out', is an indication of the problem with this country..

      December 17, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. jo jo

    This event, I'm afraid. has shaken more nuts from the tree. I pray we don't see any more of this.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. D.C.

    WOW all or nothing. Looks like people just want something done, I have questions why weren`t the guns locked up with a mentally ill child in the house? Why take away assault rifles when u can ban the long clips and make them the same as any other hunting or target rifle?Why is everyone blaming guns and not looking at how this situation arrised? If you own guns you have a responsabilty to make sure they are locked up or that the bullets are locked up so there only eccesable at apprpriate times. Look at the games parents let kids play some of them are just what you are seeing.I don`t get it the gun`s are the easy part an assault rifle is no different than any other hunting or target rifle without the long clip. Ban the damb clips.

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

      As a gun owner, an avid hunter and a military vet, I do not see any reason that the average gun owners should have these type of assault weapons. They are not used for any type of hunting, nor were they created for the general public to own. As we see, no gun advocates to include the biggest, NRA won’t even touch this topic right now. I am by no means saying that I am in favor of total outlaw of guns in general, however there are steps that can be made so that these type of events can be lessened. I firmly believe after a healing period this should be looked at carefully. God bless everyone affected by this horrible act and my heart goes out to all of the victims

      December 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Bonnie

      Why does anyone need an assault rifle regardless of the amount of ammunition it can hold.. There was a line someone used today, not sure who.. "If Assault Rifles were needed to protect you in your home, Nancy Lanza would be alive". Clearly this as well as countless other events prove that owning a single weapon or in this case a multiple cache of them negates the argument that if more people owned guns there would be less crime.. They did not help her at all..

      December 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Mayor of Medinah

    And the FBI National Gang threat assesment, rather eye opening on this types of terrorists

    December 17, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chelsea

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all victims and their families in this horrific tragedy.

    I appreciate the savvy used in what was said by both Joey and Well Behaved!

    December 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Shawn Lambe

    Congradulations CNN. You have made a hero out of this scumbag. 3 days in and you continue to say the shooters name over and over, giving him credit on how to shock a town, state, country, world. I barely know any names of the children, but you have drilled the shooters name into everyone's head. The next time someone wants their name immortalized, they now know exactly how to do it.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tom Foolery

    The ONLY way people will ever truly feel safe is if we havearmed military personnel lining our streets. This will ensure guns stay off our streets.

    But wait, you bleeding hearts will cry and scream and the increasing military budget that would bring.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. TeacherSouthofTheMasonDixonLine

    Unfortunately, your small minded mentality shines here. As an educated teacher who was born, raised, and currently living south of the Mason Dixon Line I take offense to this statement. Perhaps you should broaden your horizons and look at the bigger picture before you make a fool of yourself on a national website. There are people all over the country who live a life as you described; and not all of them are in the south. The bigger picture here is that it is an unfortunate situation and a tragic one at that. Today during class I made sure to go over our lock down procedures with my middle school students and I can only hope that I can act in the manner that these teachers did. Also the young man was obviously troubled, but that in no way should be a direct correlation to where he lived or DID NOT live. Rather than focus on someone who caused all of this mess, try putting some good into the world and focus on what YOU can do to help those affected by this situation. Or better yet, focus on how you can shed that stereotypical mindset...there's an entire world out there that you have yet to explore due to your fear. Oh and have a nice day while I educate these children below the Mason Dixon Line who (God forbid) one day move to your part of the country and become your boss, your children's boss, or your grandchildren's boss...or better yet MARRY one of your children or grandchildren. I guess the world would end for you wouldn't it.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      That's part of the problem,, teachers south of the mason Dixon line.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. n222s

    We've spent trillions on poverty, yet this happened? Where's the progressive utopia?
    We've done away with prayer in school, yet this happened? Where's the progressive utopia?
    We've emphasized self-esteem in our schools over self-reliance, yet this happened? Where's the progressive utopia?
    We've lionized divorce and single parenthood. yet this has happened? Where's the progressive utopia?

    I'm not saying that a single factor was responsible. Or that progressive ideals are to blame. I'm simply saying that abandoning all the moral checks in our society, disincentivizing socially beneficial behavior has not resulted in a nirvana of tolerance and peace. What was this act, if not evil? We've had guns, we've had multi-round clips for years. What is making the difference now?

    December 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • KaosinBloom

      It seems to me that you're implying that the budget on the war against poverty, whether or not we allow prayer in schools and self-esteem over self-reliance are the root of this tragedy. I fail to see your logic.

      What if it turns out this man was mentally unstable? Would anything you mentioned have prevented this act from happening?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Or that progressive ideals are to blame'

      of course you are, thats why you made some silly comment about 'progressive utopia' and 'lionezed divorce and single parents'

      December 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • cm3uk

      You lost me at the prayer in school argument. This isn't a purely Christian country, as much as many people pretend it is. Eliminating prayer in school is protecting the freedom of religion, not restricting it. It is protecting people who follow religions in the minority, which is the point of freedom of religion in the first place.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Yes, The gun owners responsibility to store the weapons safety.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |

      We have spent trillions on poverty,this happened in one of the most affluent areas in the country.
      We have done away wih prayer in school, so your god abandoned them, your prince of peace, your lamb let the innocents be slaughtered like a petualant tyrant.

      We've emphasized self-esteem in our schools over self-reliance, yet this happened? Where's the progressive utopia?
      We've lionized divorce and single parenthood. yet this has happened? Where's the progressive utopia?
      Self esteem causes murder? Most of the mass killers like this young man have no self esteem and are loners or outsiders. Who lionizes divorce ? What warped place do you inhabit ?

      December 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      A lot of laws were broken. Thewild animal was on the streets with unauthorized weapons he broke into the school – what's the difference between the courthouse doors and the school doors ?

      December 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. george custer

    Time for the NRA to step up.....besides defending gun rights and lobbying politicians, lets see the NRA use their vast sum of money to help the families of gun violence and develop a strategy and programs to stop this kind of senseless killing. Come on NRA, what can you do to help America with this growing problem.

    December 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
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