Connecticut commission meets on school safety after Newtown massacre

HARTFORD, Connecticut Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:55pm EST

Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut speaks to mourners gathererd inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left at least 27 people dead - many of them young children - in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Gombert/Pool

Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut speaks to mourners gathererd inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left at least 27 people dead - many of them young children - in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012.

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HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - The Connecticut police investigation into the shooting last month at a Newtown elementary school will continue through June and no criminal prosecution is expected, a state prosecutor said on Thursday.

Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III's comments came during testimony before the opening meeting of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, an expert panel formed by Governor Dannel Malloy that is named for the school where the massacre occurred.

Sedensky said privacy rules make it unlikely that investigators will be able to provide the panel with a mental health history of the shooter, Adam Lanza.

Malloy has tasked the panel with finding ways to improve the safety of schools and the public in the aftermath of the December 14 massacre, which left 20 first graders and six adults dead.

The panel will review current policy and make specific recommendations on public safety, with a particular focus on school safety, mental health, and prevention of gun violence.

The panel's first public hearing included testimony from experts called upon after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado and the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.

The Connecticut shooting reignited the debate over gun rights in the United States and prompted President Barack Obama to introduce proposals to reduce gun violence and tighten gun control laws. Some states have also called for stricter local rules on guns and ammunition.

The National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun lobby, fiercely opposes tighter gun controls and has called for armed guards in public schools.

A separate legislative task force on gun violence prevention is due to begin meeting on Friday and to hold a public meeting at Newtown High School on January 30.

(Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Paul Thomasch and David Gregorio)

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idonthinkso wrote:
“Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year, according to the journal’s publisher, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.”

Will Mr. Biden and anti-gunners apply the same logic to cell phones that they do guns?

Cell phones kill 2600 people a year and today cell phones will kill 7.12 people in America. If eliminating all cell phones save just one life….

Cell phone users should be registered and take a three day safety course. No person under the age of 18 should be able to purchase a cell phone. Cell phones must in a locked container, or in the locked trunk while being transported in a car. The phone battery should be store separately from the phone while being transported in a car. Ban or place sever limits on the use of all cell phones.

Liberals aren’t afraid of a kid with a cell phone even though that kids is more likely to kill them than a legal gun owner is. Guns are scary and get an emotional response that liberals react illogically to.

Jan 24, 2013 8:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
BlueOkie wrote:
If they stopped homeschooling then this would never have happened! It would have been nipped in the bud. I hope we get the police report and find out what guns were actuallyused.

Jan 24, 2013 10:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
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