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. Jason

    All of whom lived. Every... Single... One.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FC

    So this isn't a terrorist attack? If it was a Muslim he would've been labeled a terrorist. I don't hear the media mention the word once. They conveniently call it a personality disorder. My heartfelt condolences to the families of this brutal terrorist attack.

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

      Was there an aim to intimidate a group of people politically here? Not that we've heard, and not even likely.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ppl

    as long as law abiding citizens keep being careless!!!!and irresponsible!!!! and letting their warped family members and friends get a hold of their weapons n cause harm guns should not be allowed even though they may not have commited the act but they are just as responsible as the sick individual because they given that person access to a gun that wouldnt been avail...

    December 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David France

    Banning guns wont work. We ban drugs, ppl still get them. We ban bombs, ppl still find a way to make them. When it comes down to it you can not stop crazy. What happend is sad on so many levels, but there will never be a way to stop such evil.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Heather Baergen

    Assault weapons should be banned, period. No one needs those outside of being in a war zone. Gotta wonder why anyone would want to own one. Is it the same as the old little guy buying the big powerful sports car? Is that it? Someone brags about all the weapons they own and I consider them nothing but a big immature jerk. Grow up America. The creators of the 2nd amendmant did NOT envision it to be used in defence of not doing what is right following massacres of children.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Harmon

      The Second Amendment was established so that the people of the United States of America could remain free, even if their own Government attempted to take their rights away from them. It wasn’t about the right to hunt; the Constitution was about our Government and protecting our Freedom.

      Banning weapons to the point of hunting is clearly not what the Constitution is about.

      Ask the people in Syria If fighting for your freedom against your government is fair, when the Government you funded is fighting back with tanks, helicopters, missiles and semi-automatic weapons and you are throwing rocks.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james

    74 People killed by the Government in Waco Texas April 19,1993, 26 of whom were children. Koresh jogged around the property daily and could have been picked up any time, but he government chose the violent route, (my source is the ATF), do you really trust the Government? 6 million Jews died in Germany in the 40's, no way to fight back.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. james

    Doe's the Government have the ability to imprison say 50 million more people?

    December 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ACanadian

    @KaosinBloom, 22 children were stabbed, you are correct. You are also correct in saying that the children are probably saying "otherwise", that someone can in fact, can come in and attack people with a knife. However, the biggest difference is that these children still have "a say" because it wasn't an assault rifle (semi-auto albeit) and two (2) pistols they were attacked with. So the fact that you just compared an attack in which there were 0 casualties, with an attack that had 26 casualties, just shows me how blindly ignorant you are.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alejandro Montante

      The fact that there were no casualties in the China attack has more to do with the motive than the weapon of choice. If the man who did that to the Chinese kids had KILLING them in mind, he would have. Do you know how easy it would be for a full grown man to kill a defenseless child? I think that news item will ultimately detract from the conversation that no doubt needs to take place.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. jayvee

    "22 children stabbed in China the same day say otherwise."

    How many of those 22 died? I'd rather have 22 wounded kids than 22 dead ones. Your example is a reason for gun control, not against it.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ecommenter

    I grew up with guns as my father was a hobby gunsmith and avid pheasant and duck hunter. Occasionally deer. We had guns around and not once did I or my sibblings think of grabbing one to threaten anyone. The fear and respect of sport rifles was instilled in us since birth. But why allow assault rifles. These have no place in our society or in our homes. Frankly a good stun gun could provide most people enough protection from crime.

    In my opinion, the biggest concentration has to be on recognizing adults and children who have a tendancy to act out evil rage with mental illness, not be complacent (no wait and see attitude) and get control of these individuals and get them help. If there is one thing that I am angry about is that this mother didn't recognize the extent of how out of balance her son was and get him institutionalized help. She was out of her element, even though she may have been doing the best she could (and where was the father in this boys life?), and to think introducing guns into her household was a smart idea when you have a mentally "off" child is another problem. We have to be conscientious to anyone around us who has emotional disorders or just lacks socialization to understand right and wrong. I even see it in my own children's classrooms as we tolerate behavior from some of the "inner city program" transfer kids that we would never tolerate in mainstream children. We do need to be stricter as a society especially in light of the social media and the seemingly new standard of behaviors allowed with our youth. Never before in our history have children been able to behave without structures and norms as they do now, and it is the baby boomer parents allowing this. Also, there would be nothing wrong with gating schools and other areas of gathering so access is limited. Have a card reader system to even enter a school yard, university, etc. is needed. No one cares about freedoms of entry when this freedom comes with such a high risk. Let's face it, it is the same reason gated communities exist. And then, also look within the student body and parent body and actively handle any child or adult showing signs of internalized rage or mental illness. When a kid walks down the hallway like a victim, a Sign! When a student withdraws or has indured bullying, a Sign!! etc. Time to educate educators and help them have self-defense skills. Can anyone understand why a teacher wouldn't first lock her door, then hide the children? Bless her heart for doing what she did and loosing her life for the love of children, but one wonders if a simple locking of the door may have saved lives. I asked my own son if they have ever had any drills in their junior high for emergency lock downs, and he said only for fires.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    hey Kaosinbloom – The 22 children in China ALL lived.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • KaosinBloom

      You're absolutely right, and thankfully so! However you fail to see that I am addressing the OP in my comment and not making a generalized argument for or against the banning of assault rifles.

      22 children in China could have died, but didn't. The fact that a man was able to stab 22 people before being stopped should raise concerns.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tjbeck

    @ kaosinbloom....those children are alive today.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    You don't imagine that a his could've happened with a knife? Well, I've got news for you.

    On March 12, 2010, Zheng Minsheng killed 8 children with a knife at a elementary school in Nanping, China. ... lchildren/

    On May 12, 2010, Wu Huanming killed 7 children and 2 adults with a cleaver at a kindergarten in Hanzhong, China. ... 31728.html

    In August 2010, Fang Jiantang killed killed 3 children and 1 teacher at a kindergarten in Zibo, Shandong province in China. ... s-20100804

    Here's another mass killing from a knife and a car that happened in Japan back in 2008.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott V

    There is one variable that is constant with all of these mass killings and no I am not talking about guns. All the mass killings have been done by males. I am not calling for a ban on guns, I am calling for males to be banned from using and owning guns. Males are too emotional and stupid beings to own a deadly weapon. Over 95% of all violence is committed by males. Yes, guns do not kill people but males sure do.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mg

      Society has always demanded violence from men. Every man in the United States is required to swear he is willing to engage in violence if society demands it before he is even allowed to vote (the selective service). The military uses violent computer games to recruit young men to carry out violent acts on behalf of the state. We call them heroes and defenders of our freedom. Any discussion about male violence or violence in society in general must include discussion of these issues. No more cognitive dissonance.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. KaosinBloom


    The fact that there were zero causalties in China might be mere luck. There very well could have been casualties, fortunately there weren't. Yes, it would indeed be more difficult to use a knife, but the fact remains that it can be done.

    Also, the fact you resorted to calling me blindly ignorant lets me know you have nothing of real value to add to this topic of conversation. Carry in and have a good day.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
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