Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre

On December 14, a deranged young man, Adam Lanza, shot his mother to death, then chose to target the Sandy Hook Elementary school.  Armed with his mother's .223 Bushmaster AR-15 semi-auto assault rifle and two handguns, multiple 30-round high-capacity ammo clips, and wearing body armor, Lanza shot out the glass in a door and entered the school office.  He attacked the office staff, shooting and killing the principal and a psychologist, then proceeded to at least two classrooms.  In a matter of minutes, he had shot 20 small children to death, all were 6 or 7 years old, and four more adult staff members and teachers.  When police arrived, he then shot himself in the head with a pistol, killing himself.

Here you can find a full gallery and description of each of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting:

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana M Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Madeline F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N Wyatt, 6
President Obama has since called for stronger gun regulation and a renewed ban on assault weapons, as have a large number of other national figures.

The President has also visited Newtown and addressed the mourning community and nation.

Our children and teachers deserve to go to school without the fear of guns in their classrooms or madmen armed with assault rifles storming their school.

ADDENDUM (12/20/12):  There are many, many related posts on this tragedy, but here is a good one regarding the names of the victims and the meaning of them to a mourning nation.

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