December 20th, 2012
01:18 AM ET

'The entire country is fed up'

Father of a Sandy Hook third-grader and Former Chairwoman of the Newtown Board of Education say residents are seeking action through Washington on gun control, mental health, and school safety.

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  1. Jane

    So, let's say you do put armed guards in schools. How does the best shot take out someone like James Holmes
    (Aurora Movie Theatre) who is dressed in full ballistic armour. If my memory is correct, he wore gloves, helmet and
    even had a throat protector. If a shooter is in bullet proof armour, how is an armed guard going to stop the shooter?

    December 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  2. Jason

    I am a Canadian who has been devastated by the senseless acts in New Town Conn. As a father of 4 year old twins I cannot imagine the grief and sadness that the families of this disaster are going through, my thoughts are with them. As a Canadian Police Officer our guns laws are quite strict and EVERY person who wishes to purchase a gun restricted or non restricted is subject to a background check by local Police where the applicant lives. In Canada you must have a licence to purchase or own firearms. I believe that that the system works well to keep weapons out of the hands of certain members or society. If you have been charged or convicted of a violent offence or have mental health issues your application is DENIED. Its that simple.

    Also, it is difficult to stop a person who is willing to die for the cause. Soft targets such as schools churches etc in my opinion my must be capable of FIGHTING BACK. Im not sure what the answer is.... 9/11 changed the world. The deaths in New Town Conn, have also changed the world. I will remember them, may they rest in peace.

    December 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  3. katrina savage

    It makes me sad that our kids aren't even safe in their own homes . My 15 year old was on our balcony of my boys room on the phone as teenagers do most often . It was only 9:15 pm in the summer time a man pulls out a gun in a car shoots at a guy 6 times . My daughter just laid flat hooping to God that guy didn't even notice her . She could see the flashes of red in the dark . I was soo frighten!!! Since I have anywhere from five kids to eight kids in my home at any given time . My boys decided to huddle up in the smaller room they refused to go back in their own room . There have been mornings i've walked out to take my kids to school the area down the street has been tape off .I think if i had left 20 min earlier what we might have driven into just to take the kids to school . It should never be like this for our kids . I remember being able to play outside .It just not safe for them now . I have to put my kids in the after school program so i know they have outside time . Time for them to get the social dynamic in life instead of being coop up in the house . It rough on five boys to do that too .

    December 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Alaine

    Has anyone thought of perhaps putting a soldier who got back from Iraq into the schools? they were willing to give their lives over there to protect this country and instead of sending them to back to war we NEED them here to protect our chilidren now. They are experienced in stressful situations unlike a teacher with a gun, they know guns, the govt has them on their payroll so no taxes need go up. and the children as they are being protected would make the soldiers smile each day.. a win/win situation. of course they would need to be cleared of post traumatic stress syndrom by a councilor but most of them coming back I am sure would rather be helping here in their own country than going back over there again. I havent heard anyone suggest this only arming teachers or principles. They need to do their jobs and a professional to protect them and the children. We cant let this just disappear with time.. we need to do something to protect our children now! God bless and help all those hurting people in Newtown.

    December 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • paul

      You really can't be serious ? Most of the soldiers have served their country and now suffer from PTSD because people like you sit in America not having served a lunch let alone your country in a firefight. Not exactly persons you would want to have with a gun in their hands in a stressful attack situation. Soldiers are meant to protect a nation not become pawns in your paranoid delusional fantasy of how the world works. Veterans coming back from Irag and Afghanistan indeed in many cases are ripped off by the government which does not take care of them and their injuries . And you wish for them to serve the country again because you are too childish to allow gun control ?

      December 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  5. Tony Hamilton

    Keep at them AC. We need this to be on television every night and to bring up all of the issues that need to be addressed and changed. I would make it mandatory that all political representatives watch these commentaries from the victims and families to ensure they get the full remit of how honest people feel and want those that represent them to solve. This is not a R or D issue. This is a hummanity issue and if America does not lead in this field then it is not going to be viewed as a true nation for justice and honesty.

    December 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  6. Liz

    Has anyone seen any proposals to hold gun owners accountable who do not secure their weapon and then a crime is committed with their weapon? If we want the right to own a gun, then we should be willing to take responsibility for it. If it's stolen, that's different. Let's start charging them with a crime and we'll see people start to be more responsible. Why isn't this being discussed?

    December 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Marilyn

      Nancy Lanza paid the steepest price.

      December 22, 2012 at 6:23 am |
  7. Robert

    38 juveniles are injured on an average each day due to gun violence,in the USA, and eight of those 38 die. That is 2920 a year. According to the CDC in 2010 there were 211 children ( under 14) killed as passenger by drunk drivers. A lot of people refuse to believe that this is the case but it is.. As bad as Drunk driving is to our children gun violence is oh so much worse for them in this country. NRA types refuse for the most part to accept the truth of the matter.Of course, that overlooks the simple fact that when the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence joined the American Academy of Pediatrics to fight another Florida gun law that was pushed by the NRA, this one to limit how pediatricians could talk to parents about gun safety, they did indeed share their outrage over these types of cases. In addition to mentioning how children in the United States are 11 times more likely to be killed accidentally with a gun than children in other developed countries, they highlighted the fact that, on average, 38 children and teens are shot and eight of them are killed every day in the United States from gun violence.

    Many of us are indeed outraged that almost 20,000 children and teens are shot each year and that almost 3,000 die from gun violence, including murders, suicides, and accidents..

    December 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  8. Bob

    School officials must speak with security consultants to make schools safe. The first line of defense could be 2 police officers or 2 armed security guards. The second line of defense could be metal detectors (at high schools specially) and cameras. The third line of defense could be security drills. The fourth line of defense could be principals and vice-principals keeping guns stored in a safe, where only the principal and vice-principal knew the combination of the safe.

    December 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Amy

      The answer to gun violence is not more guns. We are not a war zone and the call to militarize our public places is lunacy. The issue is one of time. No one, I mean, no one would have been able to hear the gun shots, jump up, get their secure weapon out of the safe, run down the hall, and save anyone. Gunman had a murder machine that emptied 45 rounds into those angels in less than a minute. Principal and councellor would have had a better chance of stopping him if he had to reload each time. I call for Love, peace, and peaceful, deliberate action to help combat the pervasive worship of violence in our nation. We indeed can DO better for our children than allow military style murder weaponry into any hand that has a fetishistic want for it. This is a call not just to mourn (again), do nothing, wring hands about how it is complicated, until this carnage happens next time, and then repeat. We must assure that the right of a 6 year to safely and happily learn in school (the pursuit of happiness) crawls back to even importance with the 2nd amendment. This is NOT, I repeat, NOT an effort to "Take all your guns." This is a call to simply make it much more difficult to mow down massive numbers of humans at a time. Military weaponry is only for those active in the military. Those who own guns must re-register them every year, they must begin to pay the actual high cost of insurance for the weapon. There is a greater possibility of accident and harm that owning a gun carries with it. We need an Assault Weapons ban. We need to bring the mentally ill back into the humane and open treatment, bringing our best and smartest minds to help find a better solution to this big problem. We must make selling weaponry without comprehensive background check, or "straw" sellers/buyers trade a felony. First-person assassin-training video and computer games (Call of Duty, Black Ops, etc) must be regulated like alcohol, and a crime to allow minors to use. They are equally poisonous to our kid's developing brains. Here is a thought. Since the military actually uses these M games to train soldiers, you must join the military if you want to use them (kidding, sort of)! And, just like swearing, or nudity/lewdness on national TV , we must charge a steep fine for gratuitous violence. We must figure out what number of murders depicted on TV is an acceptable number; 2 per show? What else? I think that we are really failing our kids. Boys of the ages 13-20 especially. We are normalizing a death culture, and giving kids no productive outlet for their aggression. I love aggression! I don't want to change boys innate drives at all, just think a mandatory stint in our military or humanitarian/service mission for kids at 18-19 yrs old (Americorps type, or peace corps, etc.) would give them purpose, and a deeper understanding of the real effects of violence and war. This would also ensure that we NEVER engage in war lightly, if EVERYONE'S child had to go, no one would have to go! This is what has been swirling around my head lately, and came to the brink again on Friday. Join me, let's talk about ideas together everyone. What do you think would work?

      December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  9. Bob

    In the 3 minutes that the police took to arrive at the elementary school, the gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults with an assault weapon. It can be argued that if the gunman only had a 38 caliber revolver, in 3 minutes the gunman would have killed 2 or 3 persons. The argument is that in the long term, banning assault weapons it can save lives.

    December 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  10. Bob

    In San Francisco, there is a non profit called United Playaz. United Playaz works with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). United Playaz is a group of SPECIAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS that literraly stops kids from killing each other. These highly skilled school counselors works with the most troublesome kids. THE POINT IS THAT HIGHLY SKILLED SCHOOL COUNSELORS CAN PREVENT KIDS FROM BECOMING MASS MURDERERS.

    December 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  11. Bob

    20 years ago in San Francisco, there was a law office on 101 California Street, The legal office was handling a divorce between an ex-husband and an ex-wife. The law office represented the ex-wife. The ex-husband was extremelly upset at the law office. The ex-husband went to the law office with assault weapons and killed 7 lawyers. Afterwards, the families of the victims, many of them lawyers themselves sued the assault weapon manufacturers. And in 1994, it led to the federal assault weapons ban

    December 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  12. Veronica Miller


    I have been asking my Rep's & Congressman for years for legislation for a heavy tax on the production of and sale of Violent Entertainment (movies, GAMING, music). We should treat it much like we do cigaretts. We tax that heavily (some want to tax Soda for God's sake) bec its 'killing our kids'. There should be labeling (much like cigs) that explain why the product is so expensive and where the revenue is going. The revenue should go to school protections (guards, metal detectors, building modification) and Law Enforcement in schools and in general then to the general fund bec there will be plenty of it. I hear so many leaders say "well we could do this or that but it will be expensive". Well this would pay for it. It would mean standing up to the entertainment lobby but its past time to do just that and we need people like ourselves to demand it. Its a three prog approach: more sensible gun control, taxes and addressing the mental health problem.
    Also if we treated gun control like we regulate driving we would still have our right to own guns but we would have sensible controls. I've wondered why I don't see this discussed at all on all the 'crying' news outlets then I realized. My God they're OWNED by the Entertainment Lobby. So they won't. Its up to us to FORCE the discussion on them and demand action on it from our politicians.

    December 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  13. Regina O'Rourke

    Please become involved with the March On Washington which was mentioned on Newton United.
    For all we stand for as a nation–this must now come to the forefront.

    December 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  14. Cindy Grandquis

    Why can't someone put an immediate freeze on the purchase of assault weapons and clips until we can get gun control revised? These guns are flying off the retail shelves. How can that be supporting Newtown disaster?

    December 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  15. Gayle

    I lost a child ( 5years old) 47 years ago in a tragic accident. he would be 52 this coming March. It still hurts. My heart will always have a huge hole in it. God Bless the parents and families of all who were lost. Time does not erase the hurt but only makes it bearable.

    December 20, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  16. Véronique formerly of Sandy Hook

    I would love to see the mental health facilities in Newtown at Fairfield Hills come back to life. Today it is an abandoned series of brick buildings on acres of property right in the center of town.

    I would like to see news reporting on this and the amazing mental health work now being done due to the sale of the Fairfield Hills Newtown property by the State ot Connecticut http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/msp – FROM THE WEBSITE:

    "Funding for the program came from monies set-aside during the sale of the state-owned Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, CT. A total of $1.4 million was set aside for OEF/OIF activities, of which $400,000 was directed to researchers at Yale University to study the needs of OEF/OIF Soldiers. Upon receipt of the allocation, DMHAS committed two (2) in-kind staff to the program – a Program Director and a Community Clinician. The initial allocation for MSP services were non-lapsing, meaning that monies were available until depleted. MSP is now fully supported in the State, appearing for the first time in the State's FY 2012 budget.

    Connecticut is unique in that no other state in the country provides free, statewide counseling services to its veterans, citizen soldiers and their families. Also, no other state has established a program that embeds civilian clinicians within National Guard Unit’s at the Company level. "

    Connect the dots and peal back the layers of the onion please... Newtown has already been a town that was home to the mentally ill until not too long ago...

    December 20, 2012 at 10:01 am |