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Newtown Families' Suit Against Gun Maker Dismissed

Their lawyer vows an immediate appeal

(Newser) - A judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products. State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis... More »

Sandy Hook Mom Pens Moving Letter to Jacob Hall's Mom

'Jacob was your superhero. Dylan was my Superman': Nicole Hockley to Renae Hall

(Newser) - No one ever really knows another's pain over the loss of a loved one, but Nicole Hockley probably has, more than most, a "sense of the journey" Renae Hall is now taking. Hockley is the mom of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook... More »

Sandy Hook Truther Sues University That Fired Him

James Tracy says his constitutional rights were violated

(Newser) - The Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist who was fired from his professorship at Florida Atlantic University in January is suing the university. For years, James Tracy has been claiming on his personal blog that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax staged to increase support for gun control, and... More »

University Fires Prof Who Called Sandy Hook a Hoax

FAU told James Tracy it was because of paperwork

(Newser) - A Florida Atlantic University professor who believes the government staged the Sandy Hook school massacre to bring in gun control will soon be free to pursue conspiracy theories full time. Communications professor James Tracy, who has been at the university since 2002, was officially fired on Monday, though the letter... More »

Prof Who Says Sandy Hook Was a Hoax Getting Fired

Parents of victim say he harassed them

(Newser) - A Florida Atlantic University professor has been making waves for years with his conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre, and now the school is taking action. James Tracy has been claiming on his blog since 2013 that the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting was staged, and FAU has reprimanded... More »

On 3rd Anniversary of Sandy Hook, a Sobering Stat

554 kids have died by gun: report

(Newser) - Although it's the mass shootings in the US that we see most in the news, they're not what's causing the majority of gun deaths among our youngest citizens. Instead, it's what NBC News calls the "steady drumbeat of deaths in ones and twos" from suicides,... More »

Sandy Hook Truthers Hijack Book Reviews of Victim's Mom

Amazon becomes forum for conspiracy theorists

(Newser) - The mother of one of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary has written a book about healing and recovery. Problem? A group known as the Sandy Hook truthers are using the Amazon reviews to trash author Scarlett Lewis—and to push their belief that the shooting was a hoax... More »

Report: Newtown Shooter Could Have Been Helped

Instead, parents, school sheltered and 'appeased' Adam Lanza

(Newser) - Parental denial and stunning breakdowns in his educational and medical treatment led to plenty of missed opportunities to get Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza the help he needed and perhaps avoid the 2012 tragedy, a report released today by the Office of the Child Advocate reveals. Lanza had "'... More »

Mass Shootings Have Nearly Tripled Since '06: FBI

Most are over before cops arrive, report finds

(Newser) - Mass shootings really are on the rise, according to a new FBI report. There has been an average of nearly one mass shooting a month in America this century and the rate has risen dramatically in recent years, the report released yesterday says. The agency says it identified a total... More »

Adam Lanza's Dad to Look for Missing Records

Chair of Sandy Hook Advisory Commission says Peter Lanza is assisting

(Newser) - Despite a final police report and a state's attorney report , the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is still reviewing the case of school shooter Adam Lanza—and Lanza's dad has agreed to help, the Connecticut Post reports. During a "cordial, business-like, and friendly" one-hour meeting yesterday, Peter Lanza... More »

Newtown 911 Tapes Released

Dispatchers are calm, ask about kids

(Newser) - Newtown officials today released the long-awaited—and controversial—recordings of the 911 calls that came in during the Sandy Hook shooting. Operators remain calm on the recordings, the AP reports, even as they seek help from state police and town officials. They urge the callers, who include a janitor and... More »

Newtown Neighbor Sorry for Bullets Joke

Incoming board member urged to resign early

(Newser) - With calls flying that he should resign before he even takes office, a newly-elected school board member from Brooksfield, Conn., apologized today for saying that he'd honor the victims of the massacre in neighboring Newtown by buying bullets. Gregory Beck made the comment in response to a Facebook post... More »

Sandy Hook Victim's Dad Turns Her Life Into Music

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene says he grieves for his daughter every day

(Newser) - Jazz musician Jimmy Greene said he couldn't touch his saxophone for a month—after his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, was murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre , the New York Times reports. "I don’t know if we’ll ever feel whole again," said Green, who also... More »

Gun Permit Requests Soar In Newtown

Residents react to strict Connecticut gun laws

(Newser) - Residents of Newtown, Conn., haven't exactly shied away from guns since the Sandy Hook massacre , reports Yahoo . Newtown police already have a stack of 209 gun permit requests, exceeding last year's 171 requests and more than doubling the 99 requests from 2011. But the horrendous massacre last year—... More »

Adam Lanza's Online Posts Discovered: Sources

Investigators tell the 'Hartford Courant' they've linked username to him

(Newser) - The curtain gets pulled back a little more on Adam Lanza . The Hartford Courant spoke with sources involved in the Sandy Hook shooting investigation who say they believe they've found online postings made by Lanza over a roughly 11-month period beginning in April 2009. The Courant has declined to... More »

Cops: Santa Monica Gunman Assembled Own Weapon

Zawahri appears to have built his AR-15 to dodge gun laws

(Newser) - The Santa Monica gunman who killed five people last week appears to have assembled his own weapon—possibly in his bedroom—to skirt gun laws, reports the Los Angeles Times and AP . That would help explain the drill press authorities found in John Zawahri's room. In essence, Zawahri may... More »

Senate Rejects Tougher Background Checks

Parents of Sandy Hook victims watch proposal fail by 6 votes

(Newser) - As expected , the Senate today rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks on gun purchasers. An attempt to ban assault-style weapons and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines were also rejected in a series of showdown votes four months after the Newtown rampage. The background check measure... More »

Connecticut Forges US' Toughest Gun Laws

Bipartisan plan requires eligibility certificate for rifle, ammo buys

(Newser) - Connecticut lawmakers spurred into action by the Sandy Hook school shooting have agreed on what they say is the nation's strongest gun control bill. The bipartisan agreements includes universal background checks for firearm sales, new state-issued eligibility certificates for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun, or ammunition, and a... More »

Adam Lanza Had a Score Sheet

New evidence suggests Newtown shooting was in the works for years

(Newser) - Adam Lanza was such an ardent fan of mass murderers that he kept a massive spreadsheet detailing their "accomplishments." Investigators searching the home Lanza shared with his mother found a 7-foot long, 4-foot wide spreadsheet—apparently printed using a special printer—listing roughly 500 past shooters, including their... More »

Newtown Schools Ask for Armed Officers

Board of education asks town for guards at elementary schools

(Newser) - Newtown's board of education wants armed officers protecting the town's four elementary schools, reports NBC Connecticut . The board last night asked the town to approve money for the school resource officers, who already have a permanent presence at Newtown's middle and high schools. “After what happened... More »

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