Connecticut school shooting: Another horror unfolds

A shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., left 27 dead, 20 of them children. Here are some thoughts from politicians, parents and others on social media about the tragedy.

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  1. USA TODAY's editorial "Newtown school massacre begs for change" states, "The fact is, people with guns kill people, and more must be done to separate the most disturbed individuals from the deadliest weapons." Readers debate:
  2. The fact is people kill people, doesn't matter what tool they use to do it. This is a cultural problem that has been seeping into America for the last 20 or so years. I don't know if it's the violence in video games, TV, movies but our kids are being desensitized and do not value life as we once did. Firearms are just tools, and the vast majority of them are never used to harm anyone. It's the individual who kills not the firearm.
  3. Let's have this stupid conversation again about whether now is the time to debate necessary changes in gun laws so we can ignore the problem until the next massacre occurs, and then we can have the conversation all over again.
  4. Sorry. None of the proposed changes suggested would have prevented this tragedy. An assault rifle was not used and the guns were not purchased at a gun show. An all out ban on guns will only keep guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens, criminals already intent on breaking the law will still get guns. The issue isn't guns. The issue has been mentally deranged individuals.
  5. If Americans need a weapon , why they need more than one and more than 10 bullets?. That should be the limit.
  6. Initial reaction Friday about the tragedy: