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. Annie strait

    I'm not against guns but I do feel there needs to be a better control on the ammunition.
    Why is suddafed so regulated and bullets not? Your driver's license gets recorded and you can get investigated if you buy too many and the same is not being done with bullets. Maybe these tragedies can be diminished if there is a regulated control on the bullets. Raising the prices and taxes on it is not enough. There should be limit to how much bullets a single person can purchase and they should be investigated if they try to buy more than the authorized amount. I also don't think civilians should have semi-automatic weapons. There isn't a need for it, those types of weapons are used in combat and extreme situations. If a person is determined to commit a tragedy, they will, no doubt about it, but we can do everything within our power to try and minimize the tragedy by governing certain things. Wether is governing the people that go to flight schools or chemicals for bombs or bullets. So many things are governed like toys, alcohol, and tobacco. It makes no sence to not govern bullets and the people buying them!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nomad

    So if the base argument you gun lovers are using is that weopons don't kill people...people kill people. Are you saying that you are completely comfortable with a nuclear capable Iran? Becuase after the 20 GOP debates, where EVERY candidate said Iran cannot, under any circumstances achieve a nuke...I'm pretty sure it was the weopon that was the focus. What happened? Congratulations to the party that hates teachers and loves guns. This past weekend must have been like your favoite team winning the Super Bowl...and then shooting the losing team in celebration.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. look into the facts

    we need to fix the problem and guns are not the problem. If guns were not available, bombs maybe? Or a biochemist creating specific bacteria to spread and kill?

    I do not own a gun and have no intention of doing so. My gripe is that turning this into a gun control issue dilutes the opportunity to actually nail the root cause. Yes, the root cause is childhood trauma and actually doing something about it.

    In fact childhood trauma is the #1 cause for later adult; su-icides, robbing, rap-ing, homelessness, poor school performance, drug addi-ction..

    December 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. heythere

    Liberals like to blame the right or the NRA for these shootings, but liberals need to take a good look at themselves before blaming guns and the 2nd amendment. This is hard for liberals because they consider themselves geniuses and everyone else less intelligent. Look liberals, it's not right wingers or the NRA shooting at your public schools, it's your own students and former students of your failing educational system. Liberals have dominated the educational system for decades now, as well as winning the "culture war". Right wingers are also not the ones making violent movies and video games, and filling our youths' minds with filth, and telling them that they are nothing more than sophisticated descendents of apes. Guns and the 2nd amendment have been around a very long time, that is not the main problem, nor the cause. In the late 60s and early 70s where I live, a small town area, kids had rifles in the window of their pickups, and brought their guns to class for show and tell in speech class. There were not school shootings then. So what has changed? The people and the educational system have changed, as well as society at large. There is less personal responsibility, less respect for others, more violent entertainment, more gangs, no school-led prayer, and less discipline. The educational system has been bound by the requirement to keep and integrate special needs snd special education students in the normal population of students and classrooms. HERPA and FERPA laws make the privacy of troubled or mentally ill students a higher priority than public safety. So liberals, before you keep blaming the right over school shootings, take a good look at yourselves first please.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. look into the facts

    we need to fix the problem and guns are not the problem. If guns were not available, bombs maybe? Or a biochemist creating specific bacteria to spread and kill?

    I do not own a gun and have no intention of doing so. My gripe is that turning this into a gun control issues dilutes the opportunity to actually nail the root cause. Yes, the root cause is childhood trauma and actually doing something about it.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • look into the facts

      childhood trauma is the #1 cause for later adult; suicides, robbing, rap-ing, homelessness, poor school performance, drug addiction..

      December 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You make them available to people...guess what...people would buy them day someone would use them to break current records and even get counts into three digits.

      December 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmie04

    The bottom line to this and like horrific events is mental illness in our communities, across the Nation as will as world wide. A Gun was merely the object to creating the end result, but is by no means the solution to resolving what has occurred, not only in Newton, Conn., but initiated in Colorado, with kids targeting kids in schools, Malls and etc.
    We asked "Why"? The first answer to many "why's", – Media – which telepath to these types of eventts which stimulate conscious thoughts and derange behaviors.. The second answer to "why", violent tv and video games.
    The third "why" "communities and our immediate surrounding, whether from family, friends or foes.
    What if Adam Lanza had a knife or a bomb or a form of hazard chemical. Where did he and like many others learn to express their anger or other "Reality" that they lived in when they are dissatisfied and adopt behaviors contrary to the norms of the society as a whole. I am almost willing to bet that his hard-drive on his computer is filled with games like War Craft, or Black Ops and etc.. But the bottom line his behavor was created in his home, becoming "Anti-social or A social" and like many Serial Killers, 'developing a psycho-pathic' behavior.
    As a Soceity, we hold the very answer to those questions, not politicians or law-makers for their actions is only a responce to the voices of the people. We should understand and for those of who knows what makes up the very personality, attitudes and behavors which are exhibited and demonstrated in our society, there are "forces in our creation" that is from Old and is nothing new that builds and destroy and unfortunately, young and older members of our societies unconsciously allow these forces to manifest themselves in various ways. President Obama is absolutely correct, "Action must be taken to prevent such tradegy as this", but "First, we must look at Ourselves in the mirror or internally" and ask "How do I think and do the action and behavior I exhibit have a positive or negative impact" on my family, friends and those around me." Secondly, when we become conscious of Our own behavior, We must steer Our children onto the right path by teaching self discipline and that means reframing from bringing into this world a child that we "spoil" and when they get upset when we use discipline, they rebel and exhibit psychotic behaviors, all for the sake of providing a livelihood to them that your didn't have. Stop pointing the finger to "what if or if there where", but address the problem within.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 011001011000

    making something illegal doesnt means its unobtainable. look at all the things that ARE illegal. i can get anything illegal if i wanted to. you name it and by tomorrow morning i could have it in my hands, drugs, stolen cars, moonshine, counterfeit money, etc. all those things are illegal yet easily gotten. making anything illegal jus creates a black market for it. go ahead make guns illegal, ill still be able to get one before the days over with.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dee

    Perhaps the mother of Adam Lanza had a form of Autism herself; hence the narrowed and rigid interests of avid gun-collecting and the enthusiasm of shooting, which may have been over the top compared with regular gun ethusiasts.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*dr Jason Ijames

    How can the state patrol say there is no connection between gunman and school. He went to his mothers class room and shot her and the kids

    December 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Your horribly incorrect! The mother also had no ties to the school, she was killed in her home! As of now there is no connection between the gunman and the school...

      December 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • nematocyte

      Do you even read the articles and fact check or do you just repeat whatever you hear?

      December 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jayvee

    I don't think I am missing your point. You said it's a "fact" that somebody could walk into somewhere and kill 26 people with a knife. Am I misquoting you? If not, unless you can prove it's possible, it's not a fact. It's your opinion. I'll prove to you that someone can walk into a school and kill 26 people with an assault rifle. That is a fact.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    Crazy is everywhere. It doesn't matter what weapon was used. If a killer gets it in his head to kill, he will. We have removed God from our lives. I'm not preaching but, the fact the whether a god exists or not, believing in Christ as being a perfect person and all the good that surrounds that gives us something to aspire to be. By removing all religion from our schools, we have removed that aspiration. If you don't want to believe in god, fine, but religion and the prospect of having a beautiful after life is what sets the bar for being a good person. What's right and what's wrong. Thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill, all the other commandments, are they all so bad? what's so wrong with teaching those to our youth. They are the principals of a progressive and happy civilization. Remember when you believed in Santa Claus? You were good all year round. I am not comparing religion to Santa Claus but the concept of believing in something enough to aspire to be a better person. Without religion there is no good, no evil, no fear, no consequences, just pure existence, and that takes away our aspiration to be accountable to a higher power.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pam Walton

    I just heard the Conn. State Police say that every tiny piece of evidence will be looked at and investigated over and over again. WHY? Adam Lanza is dead. There will be no trial, so why wast precious state and county resources investigating something that is already solved? It will not bring these children back and will not ease the pain and suffering the families are going through. Leave these people alone, let them grieve in private, and stop televising every movement in this poor town.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nanthaniel

    I am a Army infantry veteran and a firearm instructor. I own many firearms, including "assault" type rifles. My heart is broken. I feel that I have perpetuated the mass distribution of these type weapons, and I can't stop crying. I pray that my ingnorance has not doomed my sweet children. May God have mercy on us all

    December 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Deborah

    We need the truth about how many of these people take mental health drugs at the time or shortly before these crimes. We need the truth about vaccines causing mental illness. We need big ag and regulators to stop messing with our food.

    December 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DH

    The first thing I thought of was the scene in "Return of the Sith" when Anakin Skywalker walked into the Jedi Temple and murdered all of the Younglings.
    Inspiration, maybe?

    December 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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