Adam Lanza was battling some inner demons. The 20-year-old, who went to Sandy Hook Elementary and killed innocent people, was not only reportedly suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, he also worshipped the devil.
A former classmate of Adam’s says he had a devil worshiping page and the word “devil” written in red, against a black background.
“Our investigators at the crime scene did produce some very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use in, hopefully, painting the complete picture as to how – and more importantly why – this occurred,” Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance told a news conference Saturday morning. “We’re hopeful it will paint a complete picture.”
“President Obama “strongly” supports the renewal of the assault weapons ban and would back new gun legislation, the White House said Tuesday.
“He is actively supportive of, for example, Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein’s stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said during his daily briefing. On Monday, Carney would only say that the president supports the return of the ban.
Carney also offered some other gun laws Obama would back. “He supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole, and there are other elements of gun legislation that he could support … high capacity ammunition clips, for example. That is certainly something he would be interested in looking at,” he said.
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WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association on Tuesday said it was prepared to offer “meaningful contributions” to ensure that events such as the massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., “never happen again.”
The NRA said it planned to hold a major news conference on Friday, but did not say what it would announce.
The statement from the nation’s largest pro-gun lobbying group was issued to members of the media after four days of total silence following the mass murder. During that time, the NRA has become a focal point for criticism from those who support stronger gun control laws. Members of Congress have said they plan to propose new laws on the first day of the next session of Congress in January.
National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters –- and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.
Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.
The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.
The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.
It wasn’t immediately clear what meaningful contributions the NRA plans.
But there may be some clues in the group’s responses to prior mass shootings. In early 2011, following the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that nearly killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre said the debate about how to prevent future gun massacres should focus on preventing the mentally ill from acquiring weapons.
“It shouldn’t be a dialogue about guns; it really should be a dialogue about dangerous people,” LaPierre told The New York Times. But at the time, the NRA was unwilling to have any dialogue at all with the Obama White House, a decision LaPierre justified to the Times by saying, “Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?”
This time, however, LaPierre might have little choice. In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, members of Congress — including some with solidly pro-gun voting records — have shown a renewed resolve to pass gun control legislation, including potentially banning assault weapons, as well as passing laws to limit the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Chief among them is West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, whose support for gun rights earned him an “A” rating from the NRA. Manchin said Monday that “everything should be on the table” for discussion. He added that he wants to “call all our friends in the NRA and sit down and have this [discussion and] bring them into it. They have to be at the table.”
Multiple people, including children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The number of victims is unclear. Many of the shootings took place in a kindergarten classroom, sources said.
A person believed to be a shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed.
Police were still searching the school at 11 a.m., and police dogs had been brought in.
Shortly after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.
Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., parents said.
School and local emergency officials are accounting for the children, who will be released to their parents to get them home. A staging area has been set up at the Sandy Hook fire department, directly in front of the school.
Frustrated parents are trying to get information from officials, who are still actively searching the school.
Eight-year-old Alexis Wasik, a third-grader at the school, said police were checking everybody inside the school before they were escorted to the firehouse.
"We had to walk with a partner," she said.
One child leaving the school said that there was shattered glass everywhere. A police officer ran into the classroom and told them to run outside and keep going until the reach the firehouse.
Dozens of state troopers are on the scene assisting local police. Heavily armed police gathered in front of the school around 10:45 a.m., and a number of stretchers were set up.
Area hospitals have been alerted.
Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said the governor is monitoring the situation and is in “constant contact” with state police, who are coordinating with federal and local officials.
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