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'No Words Can Make Sense of Today's Tragedy'

Governor, members of federal delegation react to the Connecticut school shooting.

Second District Congresswoman-Elect Annie Kuster issued a statement Friday afternoon in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left at least 27 people dead.

"No words can make sense of today's shocking tragedy or bring comfort to those whose lives have been shaken," Kuster said. "My thoughts and prayers, and those of the entire nation, are with the victims, their families, and the people of Newtown."

Second District Congressman Charles Bass issued this statement:

"My heart breaks for the victims of the senseless and despicable tragedy that occurred in Connecticut earlier today. Lisa and I join the people of New Hampshire in keeping the victims, their families and friends, and the people of Newtown, CT in our thoughts and prayers during this horrible tragedy, and we hope that they may begin to find some comfort and peace in the days and weeks ahead."

Gov. John Lynch also issued a statement, saying "Today's shooting in Connecticut, taking so many innocent lives, is a horrible tragedy. On behalf of the people of New Hampshire, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been wounded or killed, and to their loved ones."

Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan called the shooting "an unbelievable and senseless tragedy," adding that "Tom's and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, students, teachers and entire community in Newtown, Connecticut."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte issued the following statement Friday evening:

"Words cannot adequately express the depth of our grief in the wake of today's senseless shootings in Connecticut.

As the mother of two young children, it's difficult for me to imagine a more horrific tragedy. My family joins citizens across New Hampshire and the nation in mourning the lives that were lost.

In the difficult days ahead, please keep the victims, their families, and the Newtown community in your thoughts and prayers."

Ray Guarino December 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Is that an admission you deliberately make the laws useless?
steve forte December 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Actualy Ray you think you know what the problem is. You dont. The problem isnt too many guns its young people killing each other.
Ray Guarino December 18, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Steve, you bring up an interesting point. There are many people who have guns that are experienced. Whether it's hunting, or a military or law enforcement. Allguns should be permitted, with a background check, and with more experienced persons mentoring and/or tutoring young people on gun safety. Young people would not be irresponsibly shooting other young people if their mothers/fathers, mentors were there to promote gun safety. This is true in Lanza's case. His mother had too many guns, too much fire power. You don't leave your keys around for your unbalanced kid to joy ride around with your car, and in the same token, you secure your guns, and you don't take your unbalanced kid to the shooting range. The other things we could do would be to deny guns to anyone with mental health problems, we know that if this was strictly enforced, the shooter in the Giffords shooting wold have been denied, as well as the shooters at Virginia Tech and Aurora. The problem is that even with background checks and a data base required, gun dealers in some states are not adhering to the law.
steve forte December 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Couldn't agree more Ray. Having unlocked guns in a home where a mentaly unstable person lives is like keeping a fully stocked liquer cabinet in the home of an alcoholic. Thing is when something tragic like this happens, everyone wants to jump on the ban bandwagon. Then legislatures pass some do nothing feel good law that never even scratches the surface of the problem.
chris byer January 09, 2013 at 11:58 PM
We could have helped him by telling him to pull the triger first on himself. Oh come on the poor Adam he lived in a 1.3 million dollar home, why people go hungry. Played video games for hours, did not work. Mom should have kicked his but out long ago, and maybe he would have had a idea of what live really is instead of just sitting around feeling bad for himself because mom was planning on admitting him to a psyc hosp. He had food, a roof over his head, and people who seemed to care for him even though he seemed like a total piece of crap... He knew what he was doing, or he would not have killed him self or had the ear plugs. I hope he is in hell now listening to all of the kids he killed over and over..

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