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Newtown school gunman fired 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes

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By Mary Ellen Clark and Noreen O'Donnell

MERIDEN/NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) - 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 Lanzashared with his mother, along with a gun safe in his bedroom, receipts from shooting ranges andNational 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, Lanza used 30-round magazines atSandy 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."

As more details about the shooting came to light, President Barack Obama urged with U.S. lawmakers not to forget those shot to death in Newtown three months ago.

"The entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten," said Obama, appearing at the White House with mothers of children who had been shot to death.

The December 14 rampage started at the Lanza family home, where authorities say the 20-year-old shot dead his mother, Nancy Lanza, and then drove to the school he once attended. Armed with an AR-15-type assault rifle and two handguns he killed the 20 children, six staff members and himself.

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.

Searches of the house by police turned up a cache of guns, three samurai-style swords and boxes of bullets, along with 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.

The attack, which Obama called the worst day of his presidency, reignited a fierce debate on gun violence and gun regulation in the United States. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to gun ownership.

The National Rifle Association called after the shooting for armed guards to patrol public schools, 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 CACHE OF WEAPONS

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

They also found a smashed computer hard drive and a gun safe in the room they believed to be Adam Lanza's bedroom; NRA certificates in the names of both Adam Lanza and his mother; and Nancy Lanza's body in her bed with a gunshot wound to her forehead and a rifle on the floor nearby.

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."

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.

The investigation documents were released on the same day as hundreds of protesters demonstrated at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, less than 3 miles 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.

Caithlin De Marrais, a 40-year-old musician from Easton, Connecticut, who brought along her 7-month-old baby, carried a handmade sign proclaiming "Enough."

"I'm here to support Newtown and all the communities that have lost loved ones due to gun violence," she said.

The crowd also included those who oppose more gun control, among them Tahra Erickson, 33, who stood with her three-year-old son Zachary.

"I don't think it's the government's job to tell me how I can protect my son," she said.

(Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Paul Thomasch, Grant McCool and Tim Dobbyn)

by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 1:06 AM
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NutHouseMomma
by Silver Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM
So much wrong with the new release of information....smh. Why is the journalism more credible now then before? It isn't.

One thing that boggles my mind - why would they buzz in someone that is dressed out in military garb?...especially if they knew him. Was this normal attire for this person? I could go on.

People that are already susceptible to violent tendencies that choose to harm others will find a way to carry it out - gun or not. Clearly this person had an agenda...if you are thinking along these lines.
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colins_mom
by Silver Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM
the video however of them popping the trunk and pulling it out of the trunk says he didn't use it.

Quoting Citygirlk:

The police say different.

Quoting crafthag:

He didn't use the AR-15 it was in the car. I really hate false journalism.


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LilliesValley
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM
So what I read was his mom had a kid with something wrong with him and thought the responsible thing would be to keep guns and other weapons in the house. Bad judgment and parenting. If your kids got issues it may not be the best thing to get him his own gun safe. Wtf. Maybe if had been in oh I dont know, therapy instead of playing video games that would have been more constructive. Mom has some serious fault here. Nor saying Adam didn't either he's the one that did it but still not the best environment.
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Gun safe in his bedroom. Seriously, does anyone on cm think they know exactly how many weapons he owned and had? His mother was a gun nut.... He could have had more than 1 AR.

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM
The last quote is interesting. If her son was a student at Sandy Hook, how could she have protected him?
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crafthag
by Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM
They don't actually.

Quoting Citygirlk:

The police say different.

Quoting crafthag:

He didn't use the AR-15 it was in the car. I really hate false journalism.


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jjchick75
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Yes they do. They've said all along that the RIFLE was with him and the SHOT GUN was in the car. The only confusion there has been was within the media and other people who don't know the difference or even that there is a difference in a rifle and a shotgun. There is a video of them pulling the shotgun from the car and it is clearly a shotgun and not a rifle. 


Quoting Citygirlk:

The police say different.

Quoting crafthag:

He didn't use the AR-15 it was in the car. I really hate false journalism.




jjchick75
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM


She couldn't. I believe she was talking about in her own home. 

Quoting coolmommy2x:

The last quote is interesting. If her son was a student at Sandy Hook, how could she have protected him?



IvoryIris
by New Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Putting a ban on certain guns is not going to stop anything.  People going on about how ARMING a place will make a gunman think twice about entering.  Wrong on both counts.  Everyone fails to realize, when someone goes on a killing spree, they have no intention of walking away alive.  If this kid wanted to shoot a couple of kids with... let's say... standard revolver because it was the only thing he had.  He would still have done this.  Maybe not too many kids would have died, but he would have fulfilled his purpose even so - He wanted to die but he wanted others to feel his pain.  He wanted other to hurt.  Be one or 20, is agenda is complete.  That's the biggest reason these tragedies happen because someone's had enough and they want to take someone with them.  Arming a place won't stop them, it will just encourage them more.

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