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CORRECTION/UPDATE : Reports came in later last night that the gunman was carrying a relative’s identification.  The shooter has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza.  It’s been reported that he has had a history of mental health problems.

 

I just wrote yesterday a piece titled “The Killing Routine – The NRAs effect on the US.”  I asked how many more tragedies would it take to loosen the choke the NRA has on effective gun control?

You can read that here – https://unapologeticallyliberal.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/the-killing-routine-nras-effect-on-the-us/

Or, head back to the homepage and click on the article.

This horrific and disgusting atrocity is developing but as of now what appears to have happened:

– A 24-year-old man who has been reported to be Ryan Lanza entered a grade school in Newtown, Connecticut with two semi-automatic 9 millimeter handguns one made by Glock and the other Sig Sauer. The most popular weapons and easily available in the country with the capacity to hold a total of 16 shots each.  It has been reported that there were 50 to 60 shots fired. It appears Lanza traveled to the school his mother works at and opened fire on a kindergarten classroom. Reports that he had murdered his father have just been refuted and proven false.  Its now clear it is his mothers class, and the children are roughly 5-7 years old.  18 of those poor children have been killed, and 8 adults are also among the murdered victims.  Lanza has been found dead inside the school, dressed in all black.  Its unclear whether he took his own life or was killed.  Lanza had also attended this school during his life.

A heartbreaking situation, I’m not a parent, but I cannot even fathom receiving this phone call.

When SWAT entered to remove students remaining in the classrooms, they had told them to close their eyes until they were outside.

This tragedy is unfolding and facts still remain unclear.  This is the 2nd most deadliest school rampage in the country’s history.  Its a devastating day in this country, my heart and deepest condolences go out to the children, the families, and the surrounding community.

When more details come in, I’ll try to provide a more accurate account of this horrific tragedy.

**UPDATE ON CT TRAGEDY**

The death toll has risen to at least 27, and it is now clear Lanza, the shooter, took his own life and was in fact wearing a bulletproof vest.  Also its been reported that an automatic rifle capable of firing six shots a second was found in his car.

An emotional President Obama addressed the nation in the wake of this tragedy.

“The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” Obama said. “They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

He has signaled for “meaningful action.”
In response to those expressing “outrage” about a discussion on gun control, I’m equally as outraged, by your outrage.
** UPDATE 4:57 PM**
CT State police currently briefing members of the press.
Applauded the community for being outstanding in the wake of the tragedy.  CT State police also stated that FBI crisis management team will be deployed to the area tomorrow.  Confirms 18 children were dead at the scene, and 2 children died at the hospital. One person has survived from its injuries.  The identity of the shooter is now unclear and stating there is a tentative identity but police will not elaborate.
Confirms there was one shooter and he targeted one section, and two classes.
All assets of the state police were deployed, including bomb squad and aerial police.
Counseling has been provided for first responders due to the extreme nature of the scene.
Since the investigation is ongoing, some details are being withheld.  Another briefing is tentatively scheduled around 6 pm
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2 thoughts on “UPDATE: Another Sickening Tragedy – Newtown School Shooting

  1. This guy in China hit the kids with a knife:

    http://www.courant.com/sns-rt-us-china-stabbingsbre8bd065-20121213,0,5592318.story
    By Terril Yue Jones Reuters

    1:48 a.m. EST, December 14, 2012
    BEIJING (Reuters) – A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country.

    The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported.

    Police arrested a 36-year-old man, identified as villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua said. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries.

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