Connecticut School Shooting
Pennsylvanians are lining up to buy firearms in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings, but dealers say gun owners’ anxiety over a potential gun-control crackdown was driving up sales before the Sandy Hook massacre.
“I think and hope we may finally be at a tipping point,” said Rabbi David Strauss. “The American people, I believe, have been aroused by this ongoing, senseless slaughter.”
“She went after him; she saved adults and children,” said Salem High School music teacher Maura Schwartz.
Members of the Amish community where a gunman killed five girls in a one-room schoolhouse in 2006 are writing letters to reach out in sympathy to parents in Newtown, Conn.
A statement posted on Dick’s website expresses sympathy for the victims’ families. It says sales of modern sporting rifles will be suspended during “this time of national mourning.”
Since the tragedy unfolded in Newtown Connecticut, gun control has been in the news. Now there is the very first indication of changes in public opinion.
A prominent political analyst does not see the tragedy in Connecticut as likely to produce major movement toward gun control laws in Pennsylvania.
One by one teachers at Herbert Hoover Elementary School read off the names of the children and staff killed in Newtown.
A vigil in the city of Salem on Monday evening included prayers for Salem High School choir director and music teacher Maura Schwartz and her family.
The shooter in Connecticut is reported to have a neurological condition called Asperger’s syndrome. It’s on the autism spectrum, people with Asperger’s are usually very smart, but they have difficulties with social skills, and can have odd behaviors. Experts say while it’s often misunderstood, it’s not linked to violence.
US senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) believes there is growing support for reinstating a national ban on assault weapons.
“They know what’s going on,” one mother says. “You try to explain that things happen, but you try and explain at the same time all the people who came to help.”
Commissioner Ramsey sees a definite need for tighter gun control laws, especially military assault weapons like the rifle that was used in Newtown, Connecticut.
Stadiums around the NFL had moments of silence for Sandy Hook victims.
A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume—and where, given the carnage in the building and the children’s associations with it.