Newtown school shooting
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, which is overseeing more than $11 million, postponed public hearings with the victims’ families planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society said it chose the slain educators to receive its Citizen Honors Medal, the highest award it gives to a civilian, after receiving dozens of nominations for their actions during the shooting.
New emails have surfaced from the mother of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza, revealing her anxiety about health issues and her son’s fascination with violence.
A lawyer earlier this year withdrew a claim to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor of the Dec. 14 school massacre. However, attorney Irving Pinsky said he might refile.
Murphy said he applauds statewide efforts in Connecticut to pass tougher gun laws, but adds Congressional action is the only way to make gun control truly effective.
The money for the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund is raised privately through citizens and corporations.
Schools in Highland in the Hudson Valley were each given an armed police officer to guard the public schools in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre.
The website allows the public to submit testimony on several ideas being considered in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg didn’t waste any time introducing a measure that would limit ammunition magazines to hold ten bullets. Tuesday was the first day in the 113th Congress that bills could be introduced. A companion measure was also introduced in the House by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and has 48 co-sponsors.
Also Thursday, it was announced that newly retired Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will serve as an adviser to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund’s transition team.
The state requires schools to hold a lockdown drill as well as a shooting drill twice per year.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office is also preparing a training video for school officials on how to handle an active shooter situation. There are 318 public school buildings in Bergen County.
Among the initiatives being pushed by the panel are bans on body armor sales, background checks on ammunition purchases and background checks when firearm permits are renewed.
The National Rifle Association has released a free smartphone and tablet application that allows users to practice their aim. “NRA: Practice Range” was released over the weekend and was rated for use by children as young as 4 years old, according to the iTunes rating system.
One item already under consideration in the Connecticut legislature is a strengthening of the laws already on the books. The state already has a ban on assault weapons, but the Bushmaster .223 semiautomatic rifle used in the Newtown school shooting rampage was legal.
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