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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sandy Hook One Year Later

The 'Cute Little School'

It's been a year (December 14, 2012) since Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Lanza simply walked in, aimed at his target and started shooting, despite the school's security features outlined in reports.


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama light candles
for Sandy Hook elementary school victims.
Since that particular school shooting, the Obama administration has openly shed a tear for the victims, legislated funds to help people with mental health issues, and has lobbied Congress in an attempt to change the current gun control laws, starting with increased background checks.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle celebrated the one-year anniversary with a candle-lighting memorial in the Map Room. Twenty-six candles, one for each Sandy Hook elementary school victim.

The pair then paused in a moment of silence lasting around sixty seconds.

The town of Sandy Hook is slowly getting back to business.  Students have returned to school, but the pain of last December still lingers.

We spoke in 2012 with current Newtown Connecticut mayor, Patricia Llodra, on why she thinks the Sandy Hook massacre was the most recent catalyst for Washington to act on gun violence. 




"I'm sorry we're in the world spotlight because of what put us there, but if there is any good that can come out of this, and there will be many,  [that would be a good thing]."

That one good thing would be tighter gun control laws, which she admits may be a tough sell to Congress. 

"I know we're not going to get the big ticket items, because the political forces are already weighing,.... but at very least we should get universal background checks, at the very minimum", Llodra told us.

Since the Newton shootings, the Senate took up a vote on comprehensive background checks which most Americans support.  The polls showed 90 percent of Americans in support, however the amendment failed 54 to 46, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster.   (Source)

To hear more of our interview click here.

We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.
Nelson Mandela
 
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