Comments for: Police, others describe Conn. shooter’s steps from moment he shot open door

Posted Dec. 16, 2012, at 7:26 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 16, 2012, at 3:59 p.m.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Adam Lanza blasted his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He fired a half-dozen thunderous rounds from a semi-automatic rifle to open a hole big enough to step through in one of the school’s glass doors. Once inside, he had to make a …

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  • Anonymous

    Yikes. The mom was a survivalist preparing for economic collapse. She took the kids to target practice and was stockpiling food.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248983/Connecticut-school-shooting-Adam-Lanzas-survivalist-mother-obsessed-guns.html

    • Anonymous

      Thats a bit of a sensationalist site, and that article is DRIPPING with stereotypes. I also wouldn’t expect a British paper to know more about the entire scenario than pretty much every paper in the US…so I’ll wait for an official statement to that effect before I believe it.

  • Anonymous

    Just plain Satanic and warped.

    • Davida Willette

      maybe he was posessed like the amityville horror

      • Melora

        It is possible but we will never know now. Plus the world would never recognize possession. But there really is no explanation for this type of horrific violence, especially if nothing like this was exhibited previously.

        • Anonymous

          But you just made at least 2 comments saying it was the video games fault. Now there is no explanation? I thought you had all the answers!!!

  • Anonymous

    The US is a major “outlier” in terms of extreme gun violence, and yet there is a path to tighter gun laws, because most people are in favor of tighter laws, such as banning assault rifles and massive clips:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/14/nine-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/

  • Davida Willette

    see he was playing violent computer video game . that is where he got his accuracy in shooting. they should bann these type games

    • Anonymous

      Yeah right, these games are so realistic we can just take a 15 year old out of his basement and send him to join the Seals because he’s played Call of Duty and beaten all the missions. LOL

    • Melora

      Yes, it does affect the mentality–even psychology studies reveal this. But the media and our nation continue to pretend that games don’t influence. The game companies that produced the video games he played should be held accountable–as they really put that media out there with little care as to how it might harm people or influence their behavior. Everyone who has taken basic sociology knows how environment does affect the person, even more so than heredity.

    • Anonymous

      AHAHAHAHAHA

      I’d venture to guess that in the very recent past, you’ve probably made some kind of “keep government out of my business” type comment. This would be government getting in people’s business.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how Republicans who love to demonize teachers are responding to the heroism of the school’s teachers & staff during the shooting…

  • Anonymous

    Lets see, 95% of the adolescent boys I know play video games in which “life-like characters engage in graphic battle scenes.” Better get on with the knee-jerk reactions. Guess we better lock them all up and give them psych exams ASAP.

    • Melora

      Then you don’t know very many teen boys. Not all boys play these games. There are some parents who actually monitor what their kids play and restrict violent or immoral games.

      • Anonymous

        Welcome to math. While the 95% statistic was made-up (since 87% of all statistics are made-up tee hee hee)..he didnt say 100% (which is all).

        Its possible to let your kids play fun video games, even if they are violent….and nothing bad happens. Why? Because parents take the time to explain that they are fake.

        What you’re describing is “this digital babysitter may not teach my kids good things, I’m going to go find a cleaner digital babysitter”.

  • Anonymous

    IF GUNS MADE PEOPLE SAFER, THE USA WOULD BE THE SAFEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD . . . BUT, IT’S NOT.

    • Melora

      Well said.

  • Danny

    I don’t think that video games should be demonized. However I do think that parents need to step in and re-think how much violence they are allowing their children to be exposed to. I know a 4 year old who’s dad thinks it’s great that they sit and play GTA together. That (imho) is too much. But a 17yo playing Halo or COD on the weekend with his buddies doesn’t mean that they’re gonna go out and shoot up a mall. There are MANY more factors than the video games. And I would like someone to explain how using a PS3, WII, or Xbox controller would provide ANYONE the abillity to improve their shooting accuracy? They’re using a controller in their hands to aim, not holding a gun up to their face. They don’t have the recoil, the noise, the reloading to deal with. They’d be better off using the hunting games with the plastic guns at the arcade. I am a fair shot playing Halo against my husband, but he gave up years ago trying to teach me to shoot his hunting rifle because I flinched every time I shot (because of the noise) and missed the target almost every time. I can say from experience that there is absolutly NO way you can learn to shoot from those games!

    • Anonymous

      Correct it is the responsibility of the _parent_ to allow/disallow games based on the upbringing THEY wish to instill upon the child. 4 y/o and GTA….definitely not. That said, the game producers are REQUIRED to put age ratings on their games so that parents can make an informed decision.

      But no…people want to put the burden of all that on the game people. God forbid people actually raise their own kids…

  • G.W.Obama

    Video Games!!!! Thats the true culprit.Violent video games!

    • Anonymous

      Sex! – oops nope not anymore sex is fine
      Drugs! – Oh wait…yeah a bunch of those are legal now too
      Rock and Roll! – YEAH rock and roll is terrible…oh wait yah rap music. nevermind.

      Whats left?

      VIDEO GAMES!

      • G.W.Obama

        No,they are bad too!Its all bad.Could it be?

  • Melora

    Concerning the killer—” is said to have played graphically violent computer video games” I think that says a LOT about how media affects you. It does. Even basic psychology courses in college relate how environment and media affect the brain. The companies who produced the games he watched need to be held accountable for this crime. Might seem far-fetched but they put that media out there with little concern to what it might cause people to do.

    • Anonymous

      I bet you swallow that “your kids is addicted to media” commercial hook-line-and-sinker too?

      The game manufacturers do NOT need to be held liable because they don’t have ANYTHING to do with crazy people killing innocents. Just as people used homosexuality as a cause for pedophilia (which some people still subscribe to), liquor as a cause for women being “loose”, blacks being the reason there is so much crime etc etc etc.

      Its the typical “lets get caught up in 100,000 tertiary influences and completely lose sight of what the real cause may be” that comes about any time something like this happens. Time to give it a rest.

  • Anonymous

    “is said to have played graphically violent computer video games”

    …I’m just about done with this newspaper. Give me a break.

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