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Connecticut School Shooter's Father Releases Statement

Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, who shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, released a statement on Saturday.

Peter Lanza, the father of 20 year-old Adam Lanza, who is responsible for the , released the following statement on Saturday, according to the Huffington Post:

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones and to all those who were injured. Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. We too are asking why. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired."

Lanza shot and killed his mother before entering the school at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, fatally shooting 26 people and then himself.

Lenore Caccavella Wolke December 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
We do not know all the facts but we do know that guns are dangerous and deadly in the wrong hands.
Lenore Caccavella Wolke December 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM
No we do know ALL the facts, but we do know that guns and ammunition in the wrong hands can be deadly.
Lenore Caccavella Wolke December 18, 2012 at 01:07 AM
No we do not all of the facts -but we do know that guns in the wrong hands can be deadly.
CAMERON December 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Big mistake. Teach a unstable. Young man how to shoot a gun. Adam. Knew. What he was doing. When he set out to kill.
Alfreddie December 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
We have been listening for days. How can you say we should listen ... for a change? How does that make any sense at all? We know some things. Some things we have been told are in error... and we will hear more over the next few days, weeks and months. What makes you think you should stop people from sharing how they feel about everything they have been listening to on every channel (tv and radio) and in every news paper? If you don't want to participate in this dialogue, stop signing in and reading the comments of the people who are trying to make sense out of what they have been listening to.
Rachel Harrington December 18, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Unbelievable to see the callous comments on here towards the Lanza family. This is an abominable tragedy with many victims.
KeepItReal December 18, 2012 at 04:50 AM
He KILLED his mother and you have the audacity to call her an "accomplice"??!!?? That's despicable.
RidgewoodResident December 18, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Hmm....the right to own pets and the right to bear arms...One of these things is protected by the bill of rights, can you guess which one?
RidgewoodResident December 18, 2012 at 05:26 AM
"Why would someone own an ASSAULT weapon. It has a scary name, so it must be bad." In reality, some wooden stock hunting rifles are just as dangerous as "assault weapons".
billy tsilibaris December 18, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Since they knew he had a problem they sould of got him professional help and get the guns out of the house the mother sould never taught this kid to shoot guns but should of paid more attention to his well being
Concerned neighbor December 18, 2012 at 02:17 PM
These comments and discussion are fantastic. While I agree with some and totally disagree with others, having the freedom to voice how you feel is the first step in making a change. With all due respect prayers and hoping this doesn't happen again is not what we should be doing, in my humble opinion. Getting gun experts, mental health experts, sociologist, family counseling experts together to discuss how we can make a positive change in our society maybe our best chance at understanding and avoiding these tragedies. It's much more productive than laying blame or sitting around and hoping.
Brad Schaeffer December 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Sir or Madam. I would like to respond to this but it would help to know where you're from to better understand your perspective.
J.D. Luke December 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I love the way that a morning prayer creates a bulletproof shield around kids.
Lenore Caccavella Wolke December 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
The parents could have encouraged him into so many other activities like bowling, tennis, photography, golfing, art courses, etc. etc. instead of a potentially violent past time. My next question is where did this kid get the money to buy all the ammunition? Who sold it to him, no questions asked? I also have two autistic nephews, one is high functioning and the other one is not. No way would we trust either of them with guns or target shooting.
Howard December 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I agree with Westfield. Certainly this is a very complicated issue all the way around, but there is something negligent in the Lanza story. What women purchases assault type weapons first off, and leaves them in a home with a mentally unstable young adult? They paint this woman as a "nice as can be, do anything for you or her children", this certainly was not the case. This lunatic did something more horrible than I think ever happened in the US when you consider he killed 20 six and seven year old's in class. Shame on them (Lanza's). My sympathy is for the families of the deceased. My God-like upbringing can't find any room to forgive this killer (or even his family). And I do understand that many many families like the Lanza's exist. Much work to do to reduce this type of carnage.
Howard December 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM
give this some thought when thinking about how ridiculous it is to consider Nancy Lanza as an accomplice because she was killed and just a parent of a live at home adult troubled child, suppose she wasn't killed? I believe she would be in custody and facing charges.
James Lawson December 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Many people in my neiborhood have done the same thing. But not to worry I think that it will be a loooong time before these innocent lives will be forgotton.
Alfreddie December 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Not to place blame, but to make me think as a parent... how did this happen and what can each of us do to try to prevent it from happening again? I believe there are things we can control in our lives, and things we can't. Lenore you listed many good things that could have enriched the life a troubled child. As parents, I think we should all consider how we influence our children and what we expose them to. We should continue to help each other to come up with better ideas. Thank you for that constructive comment.
Anita Lombardo December 19, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Many parents are in denial and claim their children are just fine when in fact they are not. If a child has a violent temper, immediately a parent should seek help and have her child in therapy. Always talk to your children about all different topics to see how they respond. Always try to explain to them in a very loving way what they have done wrong and see if they can explain why they did wrong and also that they can admit they've done wrong and apology where needed. When seeing teachers, find out if the teachers notice any problems in their behavior or if they write a composition about a topic they choose, read it carefully and read between the lines. I do have an opinion about the games these kids play, so many violent games out there, a lot of them about killing, either with a car, or throwing arrows, don't buy them these games if they contain violence and sometimes a troubled child might take these games too seriously and they become addicted to win all the fights. A child on life time medication could also become toxic and out of touch with reality and want to go on a killing spree, as he does in his games. No child in their right mind would shoot their mother in the face, think about it. If they were loved all their life and received therapy and checked regularly with their medication levels there might have been a different result. Any parent who loses a child as I did, knows the pain for the rest of life. Some parents suffer more from their own guilt. RIP all
Joyce December 19, 2012 at 04:11 AM
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Citizen Jane December 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Did he have a history of mental illness? I thought he had Aspergers? It would make it much harder to recognize and treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder if a person had aspergers, but the two aren't linked. Plus, he was a very young man, it takes a long time to get problems recognized, if he was mentally ill. This is the prime age for schizophrenia to be recognized, but I hadn't heard that was the case. The critical part to me was his access to these weapons. He may have found another way to hurt others, or killed himself and/or his mother, but it would have been much harder without the weapons. Too bad they didn't buy a dog as a protective measure, a lot of people with austism spectrum find comfort in a pet too. At the same time, we should really make it a priority to improve recognition of mental illness. It could not have hurt him to be screened, that's for sure. And that should have included a serious discussion with his mom about his risk for violence and the weapons. I did recently meet a 10 year old with aspergers and a conduct disorder who had broke his teacher's arm. I wonder if he'll have access to assault rifles to 10 years? I certainly hope not.
Occupy Central Ward December 19, 2012 at 08:21 PM
My heart goes out to the victims of this horrible tragedy. I don't like to blame or point fingers but I truly believe that the blame should go to the mother of Adam Lanza. Her son should've been institutionalized in a mental hospital. Why on earth would you have a mentally unstable child in your home with automatic weapons? Those children and teachers did not do anything to this person. Again, my condolenses goes out to the community of Newtown, CT.
EILEEN December 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM
You are sooooo right!! In the aftermath of all of this no one is speaking about the effects of divorce on chilsren and especially Adam who had so many problems. Instead Peter lanza moves away, remarries and leaves his son and all his problems to his poor wife Nancy!! I believe Peter Lanza bears major responsibility for what happened to those 26 victims. What a coward. BOYS NEED THEIR DADS!!! Sorry femenists. MEN ARE IMPORTANT IN BOYS LIVES.
Occupy Central Ward December 20, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I'm very happy that our president is making gun control a priority. We need to ban assault riffles and other weapons of mass destruction. The US needs to do a steep and deep background check on individuals who not only want to purchase a weapon but the owners of these weapons needs a background check as well. The world can no loner afford to loose anymore children. This tragedy would've been prevented if the mother of Adam Lanza traded her weapons and force Adam Lanza to get treatment for mental illness. Newtown, CT would take a long time to recover from what has happen but by the grace of GOD they city of Newtown, CT will have the wisdom and faith to recover. Politicians should make gun control in their state a major priority for the year 2013. Enough is Enough.
Jim Mitchell December 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
What would have happened if the school has been as secure as the local police station and Adam was delayed enough that police arrived on scene? We could make those changes right now...without turmoil, without changing any of the other discussions in flight. It won't happen...because nobody really seems to care about the kids... just pushing a feel good agenda
Lenore Caccavella Wolke December 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
What are you talking about Mr. Mitchell? Our whole nation (except the gun lovers) is in mourning over these innocent beautiful children. There is nothing to feel good about in this situation. It is too late to save these children, but what we want to do is save the lives of other children and citizens in the future. What if this kid did not have access to these multi-round guns? Then all of these children and adults would be alive and able to celebrate Christmas with their families. Instead their parents will probably be donating the gifts they bought for their kids to a shelter.
elizabeth disbrow December 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
All goes back to the MOTHER who did not secure her guns properly. Also goes back to the mother who brought her mentally sick/ill son to gun ranges with her! I myself shoot guns, love them...Understand people are upset/mourning etc. No reason to ban guns or do anything crazy of that sort...I simply say do better background checks. When a person goes to buy a gun do background check that takes more then 5 minutes. Make it last a week. I'm sure plenty of crazy people would not sit and wait a week for a gun. But gun lovers would. I think crazy people with guns who do crime usually steal the guns from others who have left them unlocked or not secured at all. Which goes back to it is not the gun's fault, it is the idiot who owns the gun's fault. I also think carrying permits should be allowed. Less crime would happen if an innocent person could carry there own gun and protect themselves/others.
paul r December 21, 2012 at 05:02 PM
So, what would the background check on the MOTHER have come up with?
k1ng December 29, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Perhaps worded a little strongly, but I have to agree with you. The statistics are clear, 8 gun related deaths in the UK last year (population 60million), nearly 11,000 in the US (pop 300million). How sickening after this tragedy to see photos on the internet of proud new owners of assault rifles they got for Christmas....says it all.
Anabell Jones January 02, 2013 at 06:27 PM
After a certain age it is the person not the parents fault. We've all hard some crappy things happen to use but we don't go around killing people because of it. Shoot Zombies www.airsplat.com/Items/AC-TARGET-NAZI.htm not people

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