Carnage in Connecticut

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Two terrified Sandy Hook Elementary School students react to the school massacre

A masked man clad in black and carrying two guns, entered Sandy Hook Elementary School elementary school in Newtown, CT and opened fire on a classroom.

Twenty students — all under the age of ten, were shot and killed. Seven adults were also killed by the shooter including a teacher and the school’s principal.

The Hartford Courant newspaper said many of the victims were in a kindergarten classroom.

Various media sources report the dead teacher is the shooter’s mother.

Unconfirmed media sources have identified the gunman as Adam Lanza, 20, of New Jersey.

The motive for the shooting was unknown.

Today’s unfathomable carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School is, according to law enforcement officials, the second-worst school massacre in U.S. history.

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19 Responses to Carnage in Connecticut

  1. Matteo says:

    Ryan Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-source-20-year-old-suspect-had-ties-school

  2. DMason says:

    This is a tragedy I can’t wrap my brain around. How can anyone kill kindergarten age kids? I feel sick to my stomach and I want to cry. What a terrible day for America.

  3. Rachel says:

    I am speechless. How can this happen? What sort of monster can point a gun at elementary school children and murder them? After Columbine, Virginia Tech and the Aurora Theater shooting, I should be numb now but, I’m not. This is a new low for gun-crazy, psycho America.

  4. Peace Nick says:

    Firearms are widely available in the Good Ole’ US of A.

    From Wal Mart, to sporting goods chains, to flea markets, and the internet. If you want a gun or a rifle just decide how much you want to spend and you can be a mass murderer too. The NRA must be so pleased today.

  5. Tiny Dancer says:

    I offer up a silent, heartfelt prayer to the innocent students, the teachers and family members of the shooter killed by the gunman. I weep for the victims and the surviving family members. Cops were seen on TV news with tears. Even President Obama teared up. We must have mental health care in the U.S. and tougher gun control laws. It’s easier to obtain a handgun or a rifle than it is to vote in many states. This is wrong and it is un-American.

  6. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    How much more of this will we tolerate? If you want to kill someone, kill yourself. Leave us alone.

  7. Scott Dancer says:

    Mike Huckabee, who enjoys a lucrative job at FOX Noise, today said the Sandy Hook Elementary School elementary school in Newtown, CT massacre occurred because we ‘”removed God from our schools.”

    Of course, Mike Huckabee raised a nutcase son who enjoyed hanging dogs from the end of ropes until they died, laughing and hooting and hollering throughout.

    Here’s the link:

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/14/1339971/huckabee-says-connecticut-school-massacre-occurred-because-we-removed-god-from-our-schools/?mobile=nc

  8. Adirondacky says:

    Senseless. I am truly heartbroken tonight.

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    So Adam Lanza first committed matricide — killed his mother, then went on to kill 18 children under the age of 10-years. I am not a doctor or a psychiatrist but I think I can accurately conclude Lanza was mentally ill and needed treatment. But now it’s too late. Twenty-seven are dead including the gunman. This is a complete and total failure of our medical/mental health system.

  10. Frank in Castaic says:

    Today is the proper day to talk about dun control and mental health.

    I know the White House is reluctant to be seen as politicizing these issues but if the slaughter of 20 children all under the age of 10-years fails to bring these topics into the public forum, then there is no hope for the USA.

    As for the power of the NRA over Washington, I say enough. Kick the NRA to the curb. Obama must show leadership here.

  11. fran says:

    This country is too comfortable w violence. We are led to “relax” w violent TV shows, movies, & grossly graphic violent “games”. Not everyone who has this level of violence saturation acts out on it– but there is a wave of 20 something males going out on shooting sprees in this country, that has become an epidemic.

    Is it finally time to admit the U.S. has a gun problem when kindergarten students are being gunned down in school?

    Please don’t let the response be the usual– now is not the time to address gun control & lets offer up prayers. Hell- even the NRA said they were waiting to learn the whole story— vastly underwhelming, considering 20 kids just died of gunshot wounds.
    What’s it going to take, NRA???

  12. Joe in Colorado says:

    As the resident of a state that has seen more of its share of violent behavior in the past 15 years, all I can say is I offer my thoughts and my prayers to the victims of this senseless crime. The parents will not celebrate Christmas with their small children because they’re gone. They’re lives are forever changed. Trying to make sense of this tragedy just makes you feel more empty. They sad truth is, there is evil in the world.

  13. Brigadoon says:

    Media reports now say the guns Adam Lanza used to kill 18 kindergarten kids and 7 adults belonged to his mother. Why did his mother feel the need to own a Glock? These people lived in a small town described as “the safest place in America.” Nothing makes sense.

  14. feminazi says:

    As some of you know, I live in Bridgeport, CT. Newtown, CT is 19 miles to the north of here. This sickening shooting hits too close to home. I am numb and I am angry. I am numb because children died needlessly. Adults died trying to educate and protect children. I am angry because for far too long, this nation has had an unhealthy relationship with firearms. Guns and rifles are this nation’s mistresses and the relationship needs to end. Yesterday, President Obama shed a tear for the dead. But those tears aren’t good enough. He must take action to strengthen and expand gun control laws. Anything less is unacceptable.

  15. The Real Adam says:

    Can someone explain to me why Americans need automatic assault weapons?

    This love affair American men have with this type of firearms makes no sense to me. Do American men feel so inadequate that an assault weapon gives them a level of virility they feel they’re lacking?

  16. DMason says:

    Adam – I have wondered the samething. If you feel that unsafe in your home then maybe you need to move to a new community?

  17. ChiTOM says:

    I hope I am wrong but six months from now, the issue of gun control will vanish from our national discussion replaced by debt talks or a new war. Americans have short attention spans and we will have moved on.

  18. okjimm says:

    i got nothing. I just feel blank. Nothing. and…..it is when I so desperately reach for any hope I can

  19. Vivzz says:

    I keep thinking about the parents who go to their child’s bedroom and the bed is empty. The child’s bed will always be empty. Instead of celebrating Christmas, these families will be buying caskets and planning a burial. It’s all inhumane to me and more than I can absorb.

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