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Newtown school gunman fired 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

MERIDEN, Conn. — The gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school fired 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes, selecting high capacity magazines from a home arsenal stocked with swords, knives and a cache of guns, officials said.

Investigators also found a newspaper clipping about a mass shooting in the home that Adam Lanza shared with his mother, along with a gun safe in his bedroom, receipts from shooting ranges and National Rifle Association certificates for both of them, according to court papers released on Thursday.

To carry out the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, the 20-year-old Lanza used 30-round magazines at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy after the previously sealed searches of Lanza's car and home were made public.

"We now know that he left the lower capacity magazines at home," Malloy said in a statement. "This is exactly why we need to ban high capacity magazines and why we need to tighten our assault weapons ban."

The pale yellow two-story suburban colonial house where Lanza lived is directly across the street from the home of Dylan Hockley, 6, who died in his teacher's arms in the massacre. The Hockley family has since moved to another part of town.

The searches showed that Lanza had many weapons besides the AR-15-type assault rifle and two handguns used in the Dec. 14 attack.

The rampage started at the family home, where authorities say he shot dead his mother, Nancy Lanza, and then drove to the school he once attended. There he killed the 20 children, six staff members and then himself.

In addition to the cache of guns, three samurai-style swords and boxes of bullets, police found items that could offer some clues on Adam Lanza's thinking.

Among them were a 2008 New York Times clipping on an Illinois school shooting and books on Asperger's syndrome and autism. Friends of the Lanza family had described Adam Lanza as having Asperger's syndrome, which is a form of autism.

For some in the tight-knit southern New England town, the release of the new details only inflamed emotional wounds.

"We struggle every day to stay on the path of recovery and every bit of information that becomes part of the public discourse holds a potential hurt for a family who has already suffered immeasurable harm," said Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra.

"I appreciate that full and accurate information may help us, as a society, learn how to predict and prevent such horrors from happening in the future. That gain, however speculative, must be balanced against the hurt experienced by those in the eye of the storm," Llodra said.

GUN VIOLENCE DEBATE

The attack, which President Barack Obama called the worst day of his presidency, reignited a fierce debate on gun violence and gun regulation in the United States.

The National Rifle Association came out swinging after the incident, calling on armed guards to patrol every public school in the country, while gun-control advocates called for tighter restrictions on both the process to buy guns and the types of guns and ammunition clips that may be sold.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to gun ownership.

Police found NRA certificates in the names of both Adam Lanza and his mother, according to the documents. Police found Nancy Lanza's body in her bed with a gunshot wound to her forehead and a rifle on the floor nearby.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday released a TV ad featuring family members of the victims calling for tighter control of guns. Broadcast in Hartford, Connecticut, it was aimed to encourage a proposed Connecticut gun-control law.

"We cannot afford to wait for another tragedy," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the group's co-chairman. "It's long past time for elected officials to listen to their constituents and pass reforms like comprehensive background checks that we know will save lives."

The documents were released on the same day that a group of Newtown residents planned to protest at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, less than 3 miles (5 km) from the school, over the NRA's opposition to new gun control laws. Newtown residents were enraged after receiving a slew of robo-calls on behalf of the NRA that were critical of gun control laws.

The court papers said police searching the Lanza home found an Enfield Albian bolt-action rifle, a Savage Mark II rifle, a revolver, three samurai-style swords with blades measuring up to 28 inches (71 cm) and a 6-foot, 10-inch (208 cm) wood handled pole with a blade on one side and a spear on the opposite side.

They also found a smashed computer hard drive and a gun safe in the room they believed to be Adam Lanza's bedroom.

FBI agents interviewed one or more people who described Lanza as "a shut-in and avid (video) gamer who plays Call of Duty amongst other games." It was noted that the Sandy Hook Elementary School was his "life."

The search also turned up a Saiga 12 shotgun and two magazines containing 70 rounds of ammunition in the car Lanza drove to the school.

Comments

Cartman 1 year, 7 months ago

The media agenda is obvious. No one sides with this lunatic. But sprinkling a few exaggerations only convinces the uninformed. I especially like the BS in the last sentence about 35 round Saiga 12 ga. shotgun magazines.

It clues me in that the writer didn't know squat about their subject matter.

No one is calling for the ban of handguns, 12 ga. shotguns, or Call of Duty video games.

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billstrickland 1 year, 7 months ago

Well somebody doesn't know squat about something, anyway. Unless you're reading a different story, the last sentence said the search turned up a shotgun and two magazines containing 70 rounds of ammunition. It doesn't say anything about the magazines being for the shotgun. But go ahead and read whatever you want into it. At least you have an agenda.

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

Bill, the way the sentence is written implies that the magazines were for the shotgun - "A saiga 12 shotgun AND two magazines containing 70 rounds".

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Maydog 1 year, 7 months ago

The article of Fox News said there was a loaded 12 gauge shotgun in the glove box of the Honda Civic. How the heck do you get a shotgun in a glove box.

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

You have not heard? That is the new "foldable" shotgun that is on the assault ban list because it can be concealed in the glove box or carried in your pocket. :-)

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ilovealbany 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm right there with you Cartman...maybe we should look into the freedoms aloted to the media through the Constitution. Surely our founding fathers didn't factor in internet, radio and television when this was developed. Basically what I'm saying to the media and all other liberals that are so hell bent on banning stuff they don't like or agree with is: Be careful what you ask for, you could be next. If the Government thinks they have the power to alter any part of the Bill of Rights, your little piece of the pie could be next!

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VSU 1 year, 7 months ago

He does have a wild look in his eyes, looks looney & psychotic to me.

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Cartman 1 year, 7 months ago

While they don't want us to hold all Muslims accountable for the acts of a few deranged terrorists - they do want to hold all gun owners accountable for the acts of a few deranged psychos.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

The general public is waiting for the leaders to step away from the control of agenda laden organizations with large amounts of money to threaten legislators who otherwise would vote to make society safer and sane. Thorough background checks and restrictions on terroristic weaponry is clearly wanted by the overwhelming majority of Americans. How long will we tolerate the savagery until critical steps are taken? The shift of gun ownership will soon force an indifference to the preservation of the Second Amendment. It will be because the extremists have not reasoned and have not understood.

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Jacob 1 year, 7 months ago

As long as you continue to insist on using made- up terms (terroristic weaponry), you credibility is zero. Anything else that you say along with fantasy definitions is just so much noise. Its like showing up for a business presentation wearing clown shoes. No matter what you say, everyone thinks of you as a clown.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

Once again you reveal your illiterate and shallow understanding of language. Let’s take your use of clown. You would have it as a derogatory term however the world knows the clown as a symbol of enjoyment, trust and delight. People who have an irrational fear of clowns such as you demonstrate a need to avoid stress and an increase in anti-psychotic medication which is apparent in your case.

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Jax 1 year, 7 months ago

John Wayne Gacy, Pennywise (from Stephen King's It), and the Insane Clown Posse ruined it for clowns like Bozo and Clarabell. Besides, how do you define "terroristic weaponry"?

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LoneCycler 1 year, 7 months ago

The only extremists on this issue are those claiming the lunatic momma's boy could have been made "sane" through legislation and that he used "terroristic" weapons to commit the atrocity. The headline is a also hoot: 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes. I can fire that many in just two with my 1911 technology and magazines that only hold 7 rounds each. We should be investigating the prescription drugs this person was using instead of trying to lay the blame on legal firearms.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

"The headline is a also hoot: 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes." At defenseless children and teachers in a school? What a hoot! Strange term to discuss such a tragic event. The right to bear arms is not the issue. It is the violence of a gun culture that insists that owning battlefield armaments and weapons of terror is an absolute right. Reasonable people strongly disagree with the culture of violence by a large majority. It's also informative that 91% of the American people and 70% of the NRA membership support more complete background checks of gun purchasers.

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

Fryer, your polls are skewed but keep putting the numbers out there and maybe you will convince someone. They pose the question to get the response they want. Also, background checks are already required and I think it is fair to say that most Americans do not have a problem with that (I don't).

What we do have a problem with is that there is no follow up on the checks for the people that lie. What we do have a problem with is that there is no follow up on the straw purchasers. What we do have a problem with is that the courts continually allow murderers and criminals out of prison to commit more crimes and kill more people. What we do have a problem with is that the laws being proposed only impact law abiding citizens. What we do have a problem with is that the weapons bans being proposed only impact law abiding citizens.

I know it is hard for you gun control advocates to understand but the laws and limitations being proposed only impact law abiding citizens and WOULD NOT have stopped any of the mas shootings that are being used to garner support for more useless gun control.

You want to stop the tragedy of Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Newton? Get rid of gun free zones and put armed guards in every school. Arm the teachers that are willing to be armed and go through weapons training. Make the penalties for using a gun in a crime or murder mandatory with no possibility of plea deals or early release. Enforce the laws already on the books.

Gun control legislation being proposed is about one thing and one thing only and that is control of the people by disarming them.

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Jacob 1 year, 7 months ago

"Enforce the laws already on the books."

Interesting that the current administration ,which controls what type of cases are prosecuted, chooses to ignore existing laws and instead, is "shaming congress" into going along with their misplaced, ignorant agenda.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 7 months ago

I do wonder if the Founding Fathers were still alive what their opinions would be on this subject. Does the common man need access to a fully-auto assault rifle? Bomb? Nuclear Warhead? These are all "arms", right?

We have advanced our weapon technology a little since the Constitution was written...

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

Fully-auto assault rifle? Bomb? Nuclear warhead? Last time I checked Sherwood these are not available to purchase for the average citizen. The fully-auto assault rifle can be purchased and kept but it strictly regulated and requires a special weapons permit. So your point is meaningless.

Also, everything has advanced since the constitution was written including methods of communication. The constitution was written without specifics for a reason...our founding fathers new that innovations would be made and they wanted to make sure that the Constitution would still apply. That is why in the 2nd amendment it does not say "muskets" it says "arms". Just like they said "freedom of speech" not "freedom to write or talk or sign".

At issue is the zeal to ban a rifles that look scary because of the cosmetic features. None of the weapons on the "assault" weapon ban are fully-automatic...at best they are semi-automatic. And as far as magazine size what right do you have to tell me I can only have 7-10 shot magazines to protect my family and myself?

As far as what the founding fathers would think if they were still alive? As far as I am concerned they would be calling for an uprising against our government trying to control us like a herd of sheep.

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Jax 1 year, 7 months ago

Right, USTPC. The internet, radio, and television weren't around back then. Does that mean that the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to them?

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 7 months ago

Those items are "arms" and we have the right to possess them according to the 2nd Ammendment. Where is the line drawn between arms that are okay for Joe Blow to own and arms that are too dangerous, using the 2nd Ammendment argument?

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ilovealbany 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree with you totally Sherwood...any law abiding citizen should be able to own any weapon or "arm" that the Government can. The intent from our founding fathers was to limit the powers of the Government as they had just defeated Tyranny. However, citizens today do not know or understand the dangers of tyranny due to our Bill of Rights. Read some of the quotes from our founding fathers as pertains to the Bill of Rights...pretty good stuff if you love America and freedom.

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."

Both from Thomas Jefferson

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GeeGee 1 year, 7 months ago

Dead eyes, just like the Aurora shooter. Guns were only the methods of cruelty. I just read a book about England who outlaws handguns. So instead they use knives. He may not have killed as many kids, but would it have been any less awful if he had only killed 10 or used a bomb to kill 50.

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B4it 1 year, 7 months ago

GeeGee.. you are correct. Guns were only the method used by this mentally impaired person in these senseless killings of innocent people. However, some still want to push their own fears of guns agenda as a control on others rights to own guns. There are many other methods that are used to kill innocent people, even if it is only one innocent person. But it is the scary looking semi-auto firing guns that these shallow thinkers are targeting to be banned.

Consider this. I left my AR15 rifle on the porch the other day, along with a box of ammo. The mailman came by, a neighbor was cutting the grass, and a few other neighbors drove by my house. After a couple of hours I saw that the rifle was still where I had left it. It had not moved, and it had not loaded itself. It had opportunities to fire at several people. So I guess the media is either wrong about guns killing people, or I have the laziest gun in town.

THINK about these. Is it the gun, or is it the mentally impaired person behind the gun pulling the trigger? Is it our liberal society of accepting all kinds of behaviour? Is it the horrible video games showing and requiring killings to play the game? Is it a lack of respect for human life in a culture that becomes more accepting of abortions which allows a woman to make a decision to kill an innocent unborn baby, yet demands to stop executing "murderers" on death row? Our society priorities seem to be flawed!

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

Here is what Senator Cruz had to say about Obama's plea yesterday:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement on President Obama's comments related to gun control legislation:

In any conversation about how to prevent future tragedies such as Sandy Hook, our focus should be on stopping criminals from obtaining guns. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to make this a priority — in 2010, out of more than 15,700 fugitives and felons who tried to illegally purchase a firearm, the Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44. That is unacceptable.

It is saddening to see the President today, once again, try to take advantage of this tragic murder to promote an agenda that will do nothing to stop violent crime, but will undermine the constitutional rights of all law-abiding Americans. I am committed to working with Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Jim Inhofe--and I hope many other colleagues--to use any procedural means necessary to protect those fundamental rights.

Exactly the point of those of us who do not believe more limitations on law abiding citizens is the answer. Prosecute the ones committing the crimes not the ones who aren't.

Too bad we do not have more leaders in Congress like Cruz and Paul and Rubio.

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey look, gun control works....NOT! This article is from a UK paper showing that gun crime has doubled since 1996....you know, the same UK that has a complete gun ban in place.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1450338/Firearms-offences-more-than-double-since-Dunblane.html

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