A photo blog of world events by Sacbee.com Assistant Director of Multimedia Tim Reese.
Subscribe to feed Subscribe to this blog's feed
December 17, 2012
Gun control debate begins to simmer after massacre

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats say meaningful action in the wake of the school shootings in Connecticut must include a ban on military-style assault weapons and a look at how the nation deals with individuals suffering from serious mental illness.

Several Democratic lawmakers and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said it was time to take a deeper look into the recent spate of mass shootings and what can be done to prevent them. Gun control was a hot topic in the early 1990s, when Congress enacted a 10-year ban on assault weapons. But since that ban expired in 2004, few Americans have wanted stricter laws and politicians say they don't want to become targets of a powerful gun-rights lobby.

Gun-rights advocates said that might all change after the latest shooting that killed 20 children aged 6 or 7. Police say the gunman, Adam Lanza, was carrying an arsenal of ammunition and used a high-powered rifle similar to the military's M-16.

At a Sunday night service in Newtown, Conn., the site of Friday's massacre, President Barack Obama did not specifically address gun control. But he vowed, "In the coming weeks I'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this."

(35 images)




Teddy bears, each representing a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, sit on a wall at a sidewalk memorial, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. AP / David Goldman
conn_school_shooting_02.jpg
President Barack Obama walks off stage after delivering a speech at an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. AP / Evan Vucci
conn_school_shooting_03.jpg
A man reacts at the site of a makeshift memorial for school shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. AP / Charles Krupa
conn_school_shooting_04.jpg
Mourners grieve at one of the makeshift memorials for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / Mary Altaffer
conn_school_shooting_05.jpg
David Freedman, right, kneels with his son Zachary, 9, both of Newtown, Conn., as they visit a sidewalk memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / David Goldman
conn_school_shooting_06.jpg
A woman pays respects at a memorial outside of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / Julio Cortez
conn_school_shooting_07.jpg
A mother and son spend time at a memorial left at the Shrine of the Virgin Mary for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Los Angeles Times / Genaro Molina
conn_school_shooting_08.jpg
People pay respects by a makeshift memorial outside of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church between Mass services, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / Julio Cortez
conn_school_shooting_09.jpg
A woman reacts while paying respects for shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / Julio Cortez
conn_school_shooting_10.jpg
Residents greet each other before an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. AP / Evan Vucci
conn_school_shooting_11.jpg
Women react while waiting in a vehicle to drive away from St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church as officials respond to a bomb threat, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Worshippers hurriedly left the church Sunday, not far from where a gunman opened fire Friday inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. AP / Julio Cortez
conn_school_shooting_12.jpg
From left, Jean Bradley, Steven Turchetta, 9, Jean's son Matthew Bradley, 9, Ashton Baltes, 10, and his mother Elonda Baltes pay their respects at a memorial for shooting victims near Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. AP / Jason DeCrow
conn_school_shooting_13.jpg
Molly Delaney, left, holds her 11-year-old daughter, Milly Delaney, during a service in honor of the victims who died a day earlier when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as people gathered at St. John's Episcopal Church , Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. AP / Julio Cortez
conn_school_shooting_14.jpg
Mourners gather for a candlelight vigil at Ram's Pasture to remember shooting victims, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. AP / Jason DeCrow
conn_school_shooting_15.jpg
Candles are lit at a memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, a day after a shooting rampage at the school. MCT / Olivier Douliery
conn_school_shooting_16.jpg
Ted Kowalczuk, of Milford, Conn., and his friend Rachel Schiavone, of Norwalk, Conn., attend a candlelight vigil held behind Stratford High School on the Town Hall Green in Stratford, Conn. on Saturday December 15, 2012. Kowalczuk and Schiavone were close friends to Stratford High graduate Vicki Soto, who was killed in Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Soto was a teacher at the school. The Connecticut Post / Christian Abraham
conn_school_shooting_17.jpg
A message is seen on a candle outside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / David Goldman
conn_school_shooting_18.jpg
Robbie Parker, the father of six-year-old Emilie who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, fights back tears as he speaks during a news conference, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / David Goldman
conn_school_shooting_19.jpg
A U.S. flag flies at half-staff on Main Street in honor of the people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / David Goldman
conn_school_shooting_20.jpg
Elizabeth Bogdanoff, left, kisses her daughter Julia, 13, both of Newtown, Conn., during a prayer service at St John's Episcopal Church in Newtown, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. AP / David Goldman
conn_school_shooting_21.jpg
Shop owner Tamara Doherty paces outside her store just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. AP / David Goldman
conn_school_shooting_22.jpg
Gary Seri, general manager at the Stone River Grille, hangs a message written on a table cloth in honor of the teachers who died along with students a day earlier when a gunman open fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. Seri, who put up red balloons that were not used when a sweet 16 party was canceled the night before in light of the massacre, said the teachers were scheduled to have their holiday party at his restaurant. AP / Julio Cortez
conn_school_shooting_23.jpg
Mourners gather at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. AP / Andrew Gombert
conn_school_shooting_24.jpg
A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. AP / Andrew Gombert
conn_school_shooting_25.jpg
A woman prays during a service at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Hartford Courant / Michael McAndrews
conn_school_shooting_26.jpg
Mourners gather for a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. AP / Andrew Gombert
conn_school_shooting_27.jpg
People embrace at a firehouse staging area for family members near the scene of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. AP / Jessica Hill
conn_school_shooting_28.jpg
Officials confer at the scene outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. AP / Julio Cortez
conn_school_shooting_29.jpg
Heavily armed Connecticut State troopers are on the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. The Journal News / Frank Becerra Jr.
conn_school_shooting_30.jpg
A woman speaks with a Connecticut State Police officer near Sandy Hook Elementary School, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. The Hour / Alex von Kleydorff
conn_school_shooting_31.jpg
A police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Newtown Bee / Shannon Hicks
conn_school_shooting_32.jpg
Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. AP / Jessica Hill
conn_school_shooting_33.jpg
Victims family members leave a firehouse staging area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. AP / Jessica Hill
conn_school_shooting_34.jpg
Jillian Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 after a gunman killed over two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. AP / Jessica Hill
conn_school_shooting_35.jpg
Connecticut State Police personnel lead a line of children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 after a shooting at the school. Newtown Bee / Shannon Hicks

About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.