WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama says the gun control votes in the Senate next month are the best chance in more than a decade to reduce gun violence.
Obama spoke Thursday at the White House. He says powerful foes of gun control hope Americans will forget the shock of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Obama says people shouldn’t get, quote, “squishy” because time has passed. Obama says, quote, “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”
He’s asking people to urge Congress to support his gun control measures.
Obama spoke alongside parents of the Newtown victims. It’s part of a series of rallies by gun control groups across the country Thursday.
Adam Lanza killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and took his own life within five minutes of shooting his way into the building, State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III said in a statement Thursday accompanying the release of the warrants in the Dec. 14 massacre. Lanza was found dead in the school wearing military-style clothing. Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home before heading to the school.
The arsenal seized from Lanza’s home and the car he drove to carry out the massacre provided glimpses into the world of a troubled young man, but it does not answer the question of what could have motivated the attack. Investigators say it will take until June or later to complete the investigation.
Sedensky said Lanza killed all 26 victims inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun. He says Lanza had another loaded handgun with him inside the school as well as three, 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster.
Sedensky said 154 spent .223 casings were recovered at the scene. A loaded 12-gauge Saiga shotgun was found in the Honda Civic Lanza drove to the school with two magazines containing a total of 70 rounds of shotgun rounds, according to a warrant.
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