Newtown

Six months after the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, a town is figuring out how to balance mourning and moving forward. Grieving is a process with a clear beginning but no clear path. And Jill Barron says that six months after the Sandy Hook shootings, one thing is clear -- everyone is at a different place. "Some individuals are struggling and some individuals are ready to accept help." 

Catie Talarski

Today, we're broadcasting live from the offices of the Newtown Bee - a small, hometown newspaper that -like the rest of this community - was thrown into the national spotlight six months ago today.

The mass shooting that killed 20 young students and 6 educators launched a national conversation about gun violence and mental health.  But those conversations in Hartford and Washington seem still distant from this community, where the pain is still very fresh, and real and daily.

This week marks the six month anniversary of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, one anti-gun group is planning a national bus drive to commemorate the day. Erica Lafferty lost her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, on December 14.  Hochsprung was the principal at Sandy Hook. "For the past six months, I've been living without my best friend. Without my mom. I've been planning a wedding without her.  And that's happening to 33 additional families every single day.

This week marks the six month anniversary of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown. One anti-gun group is planning a national bus drive to commemorate the day.

Erica Lafferty lost her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, on December 14. Hochsprung was the principal at Sandy Hook.

The administration of Governor Dannel Malloy says a federal lawsuit challenging the state's new gun laws won't make it far in court.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. A group of gun rights advocates is suing the state over the guns laws passed in response to the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.  Among other things, the law extends the state's assault weapons ban and bans large-capacity magazines.  The plaintiffs say the law is unconstitutional and call it a "hasty response to the tragic mass shootings in Newtown." But Mike Lawlor disagrees.

The administration of Governor Dannel Malloy says a federal lawsuit challenging the state's new gun laws won't make it far in court. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. A group of gun rights advocates is suing the state over the guns laws passed in response to the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

State officials are dealing with a new wave of paperwork as they work to implement new gun laws. Residents who want permits and background checks may have a longer wait than usual.

Before the December Newtown shootings, the state would typically have between 800 and 1,400 pending pistol permits to process each month.  Since Newtown, it's had more than 3,500 a month.  And now, the number is up to 4,600.

State officials are dealing with a new wave of paperwork as they work to implement new gun laws. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, residents who want permits and background checks may have a longer wait than usual. Before the December Newtown shootings, the state would typically have between 800 and 1,400 pending pistol permits to process each month.

Victoria Soto Memorialized As Mentor

Apr 29, 2013
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Going to class wasn't enough. Victoria L. Soto wanted to help children. So, she started as a volunteer.

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Going to class wasn't enough. Victoria L. Soto wanted to help children. So, she started as a volunteer.

Revitalizing Sandy Hook Center After Newtown

Apr 9, 2013
Michael Gambina

Four months after tragedy struck in the Sandy Hook neighborhood of Newtown, businesses there are struggling to recover from a lack of visitors. They are rallying to bring back life and customers to the area.

Revitalizing Sandy Hook Center After Newtown

Apr 9, 2013
Michael Gambina

Four months after tragedy struck in the Sandy Hook neighborhood of Newtown, businesses there are struggling to recover from a lack of visitors. They are rallying to bring back life and customers to the area.

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Most political arguments are about authority, in the sense of "Who's wielding it right now?" and "Where does it truly reside?" 

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Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law a sweeping package of gun measures that he says should set an example for the nation.  The governor called it a profoundly emotional day.

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Debate On Newtown Laws, And Guns, Begins

Apr 3, 2013
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State lawmakers have reached a deal on what they're calling some of the toughest gun laws in the country.   The announcement is the product of weeks of bipartisan talks after the Newtown shootings.

If it passes, the bill would mean universal background checks for the sale of all firearms.  It would also tighten the state's existing ban on assault weapons, require a background check to buy ammunition, and ban the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

Democrat Don Williams is the state senate president.

State lawmakers have reached a deal on what they're calling some of the toughest gun laws in the country.   As WNPR's Jeff Cohen  reports, the announcement is the product of weeks of bipartisan talks after the Newtown shootings. If it passes, the bill would mean universal background checks for the sale of all firearms.  It would also tighten the state's existing ban on assault weapons, require a background check to buy ammunition, and ban the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. Democrat Don Williams is the state senate president. "In Connecticut, we've broken the mold.

Chion Wolf (File photo)

Prosecutors in Connecticut have released new information about last year's deadly school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  One things appears clear: gunman Adam Lanza had easy access to weapons.

In the hours and days after the Dec. 14 shooting, Connecticut police searched the house Lanza shared with his mother and the car he left at the school. Now, under pressure from legislators and with the blessing of the state's governor, prosecutors have released an inventory of what they found.

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Governor Dannel Malloy says he wants bipartisan agreement on a plan to ban the sale of the kinds of weapons used in the Newtown shooting last December. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the governor says that if he doesn't have Republican support, there's more than enough Democrat leverage to push a plan through.

Governor Dannel Malloy rolled out new and aggressive proposals on gun control today. He and Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a conference in Danbury on gun violence. As WNPR’s The calls for harsher gun restrictions were emotional and, for some, unexpected.

Chion Wolf

A few weeks ago, we talked about first responders to the tragedy in Newtown. Now the state’s stepping in to help. 

Yesterday, the state legislature voted unanimously to establish the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund. This privately funded program will provide financial help to the roughly 150-200 teachers, first responders and others who are suffering from mental health problems as a result of the tragedy in Newtown. Today we find out more about this program. 

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Today - we’re talking about guns. It seems like that’s all we’ve been talking about since the mass shooting in Newtown that left 20 children and 6 educators dead.

While that crime left people stunned because of the horrific circumstances, Newtown is only part of a much bigger problem. 

Facebook has apparently agreed to remove pages that exploit the December shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, this comes hours after politicians reached out to the social media giant. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said Facebook users set up unofficial tribute pages to Newtown victims.  Some used their images, others tried to raise money on their behalf, but none had permission. Blumenthal said these pages violated Facebook's own terms of service.

Cindy Papish Gerber

This time we’ll be talking about “Grief and Loss”, an issue we’ve been struggling with since the unthinkable violence in Newtown on December 14th. As you’ll hear in the podcast, grief and loss comes in many different forms - everything from the the sudden death of a spouse or a child to the loss of a job, a pet, a relationship... or sometimes even “all of the above”.

The superintendent of schools for Aurora, Colorado spoke to Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission today/Friday. Aurora was the scene of a mass shooting last July. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Malloy's task force is meeting to come up with policy recommendations after the Newtown shootings.

After Newtown

Feb 22, 2013
Chion Wolf

All this week, PBS has been airing special coverage looking back at December’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Frontline teamed up with the Hartford Courant to look at the life of the gunman and guns themselves in America.

“The sort of overarching issue that I’m looking at is whether or not Sandy Hook truly is a tipping point in the debate over gun violence," says Hartford Courant reporter Matt Kauffman who took part in the Frontline documentary.

Vice President Joe Biden was in Connecticut yesterday and he says he’s fighting to make Sandy Hook a tipping point.

Vice President Joe Biden was in Connecticut to talk about gun control measures at a conference with Governor Dannel Malloy. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, an otherwise somber governor did a little bit to try and make the crowd laugh. Without the vice president in the room, Malloy gave his remarks and said that anytime you get to spend part of your day with Joe Biden is a good day.

And then he said this: "I'm going to bet that he's going to mention either his grandmother or his grandfather at some point in his talk with us." Enter the vice president.

Moving Forward "After Newtown"

Feb 19, 2013
Dave Barger

This week, PBS is airing a week's worth of specials on the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. After Newtown continues PBS' reporting on the events of December 14th, the gun debate and the neuroscience of violence.

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