Tonight on AC360: United in Newtown
A flag outside the Sandy Hook Fire department in Newtown, Connecticut on January 3, 2013. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
January 14th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Tonight on AC360: United in Newtown

Anderson Cooper will broadcast a special hour from Connecticut on the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting one month later.

The survivors of the attack are back in the classroom, using a different building in a neighboring town, but the wounds are still fresh in Newtown. Anderson will talk with members of the community about grieving and healing.

The shocking crime set in motion a national conversation about gun laws, gun rights, and mental health. Four weeks later and the debate rages on as Vice President Joe Biden prepares legislative recommendations for President Obama to reduce gun violence in America.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are gun owners who support second amendment rights and are fighting for gun control. The couple recently formed a political action committee. Kelly will be on the show to talk about their crusade, and what they told the people of Newtown about their personal struggles after Giffords survived a 2011 assassination attempt during a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left six people dead.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook was felt all over the world. Gary Tuchman reports on the tremendous number of poems, letters, artwork and gifts sent by strangers expressing their sorrow for the victims and their families.

The program also features country music superstar Kenny Chesney singing "Amazing Grace" in tribute to the innocent lives lost in Newtown.

Join us at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

 A sign leans against a home's picket fence near Sandy Hook Elementary School on January 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

A sign leans against a home's picket fence near Sandy Hook Elementary School on January 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Filed under: Connecticut School Shooting • Guns
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Nancy Young

    This is a common theme. Paranoia in our culture. People in our country are feeling alienated. The world is moving much too quickly. Things that are happening are so horrific that some people in our culture seem to need to demonize something...the government?
    Granted we can definiltely argue about how much the centralization of government should or should not have, but to polarize our society into Good and Bad. is not healthy and must be confronted by all of us daily..

    January 16, 2013 at 1:30 am |
  2. Denise Buzy-Pucheu Correia

    Dear Anderson, we spoke the first night of the tragedy in Sandy Hook. Your team and producers have been by far the most professional and compassionate group of broadcasters. Thank you for continuing to keep this story fresh in the minds of people here in the US and abroad. Sandy Hook and Newtown are still in mourning and trying to work through so many particulars in the aftermath of this horrific event. We are well aware that the world moves on, but in keeping our progress present and newsworthy you are continuing to engage everyone in taking some action against violence. Just seeing Governor Cuomo tonight sign the toughest gun legislation in the country is a huge start. We need to continue that momentum and further engage in conversations of helping those with mental illness, emotional attachment and their families. We can move mountains. It will take some time but by keeping our children and educators that perished fresh in public's mind I believe progress will be made. Thanks again from this Sandy Hook mom 🙂

    January 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
  3. Tom

    Why can't the tape be reviewed by a independent public source?

    January 15, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  4. Michael Courter

    U talked to the couple with the wife teaching a 1st grade religious class – part of the gun control needs to have God put back into the classroom the pledge of alligence with on nation under God there all back into the schools. Conn. has some of the toughest gun laws but they failed need to ask why. Back ground checks dont stop bad people and crooks from getting their weapons Maybe if there was God in the classrooms for the shooter he may have had a different attitude
    God Bless to all the families of this tragedy the children r in the best hands that can be now

    January 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
  5. kelli beaty

    where is the schools video surveillance tape????

    January 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • ShawnTheDon

      Waiting for someone to tell us it was "confiscated for security reasons."

      January 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  6. andrea Renee Hall

    Dear Anderson, Thank you from the heart for spending so much quaity time on this particular shooting. It's marks a time in our history, rather a cross roads and it's important people know. The world is watching, and it's time for us to banned guns completely. To set an example, instead of always being the example of crisis. I would be willing to give up my gun with no reservation. And I wouldn't feel any less safe in doing so. I would more secure. But knowing that the people I know who own guns most of them are not people that should own them. Accidents happen, and guns kill.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm |