Father of suspected Connecticut shooter "in state of disbelief"

Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:45pm EST

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(Reuters) - The father of the man suspected of killing 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school said on Saturday he was in a "state of disbelief" and was fully cooperating with law enforcement officials investigating the massacre.

Peter Lanza, father of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who law enforcement officials have said burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday and killed 20 children and six adults, said: "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," Peter Lanza said in a statement. "Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired."

(Reporting by Dan Burns; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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americanguy wrote:
The parents are to blame, both of them. They knew their son had mental issues but allowed him easy access to guns (the father could have insisted his ex wife keep the guns locked up and could have gone to the police or court to make it happen). There, I just made sense out of this thing.

Dec 17, 2012 2:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jusdaguy wrote:
Yes you did amercanguy!

Dec 18, 2012 11:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
Actually American guy, of course you didn’t. The guns were likely locked… and a key found. While I agree the boy should never have been made to think of guns as a hobby, or been taught to use them, the bigger issue is mental health. It is thought approximately half of Americans have mental health issues to some degree(and being you may be one, you may also be in denial… or soon have depression or even dementia if you are aging as we tend to do) The young man had Aspergers, which is a poorly wired brain.

Your brain can be injured and out of whack simply by the weight of your body falling from a few inches onto a concrete floor. Any head injury can also be like a ticking time bomb as football and hockey players and boxers have found…

How healthy is it that a dad take their 7 year old to a gun store to buy ammunition, load in a parking lot and then accidentally shoot the child?

These “accidents: can’t be that rare as my sister in Arizona knows well 3 kids shot and killed “accidentally.” They themselves own at least 10 guns for hunting and “protection” and many are loaded and ready to use.

That people online are advocating “more guns” for protection from such a horror happening again, as a Canadian I roll my eyes. Gun controls work. People here still hunt and own guns and own collections. They are simply required to do it responsibly and no one is ever allowed to carry other than police. That way we actually know who the bad guys are…

Yes there are still shooting but the chances of massacres and “accidents” like the dad or his child’s friend shooting his kid, which happens all too often in the USA, would be truly a tragic accident…

Dec 18, 2012 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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