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Sandy Hook Elementary School shootingalso called Newtown shootings ofmass shooting in Newtown, Connecticuton December 14,that left 28 people dead and 2 injured. After murdering his mother at their home, Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life.

It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U. The attack began when year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the home that the two shared in Newtown. She was shot four times with a. She had purchased the rifle, as well as an AR—the civilian semiautomatic version of the military M16 assault rifle —and several other firearms that Adam Lanza would use later that day, in the years prior to the shooting.

In accordance with ly established lockdown protocolsteachers immediately took steps to attempt to safeguard their students, concealing them in closets or bathrooms and barricading doors with furniture or with their own bodies. Lanza entered the classroom of teacher Lauren Rousseau and killed her and 14 children. He then went to a second classroom, where first-grade teacher Victoria Soto had hidden her students in a closet. Lanza killed Soto, as well as six students who attempted to flee from their hiding place. Lanza fired rounds in less than five minutes, claiming 26 lives.

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The first emergency call from the school was received at about amand law enforcement personnel responded within minutes. Investigators determined that Lanza had used the AR as his primary weapon throughout the attack, though he had taken his own life with a handgun.

In the days following the shootings, medical examinations of the victims revealed that each had been shot multiple times. While police attempted to uncover a motive for the attack, the scale of the massacre, compounded by the age of the victims—the majority of whom were six or seven years old—sparked a renewed debate about Second Amendment rights.

Proponents of gun control focused particular attention on the AR that Lanza had used, as well as the round ammunition magazines he had carried.

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Some semiautomatic assault rifles and large-capacity magazines had been banned under legislation passed by the U. Congress inbut that law was allowed to lapse in Legislators pledged to introduce some form of gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown shootings, and U.

Barack Obama stated that he would use all the powers of his office to prevent future mass shootings. The National Rifle Association responded by advocating the introduction of armed guards into all American schools. More than one-fifth of public and private schools in the U. The hallmark piece of federal legislation to be inspired by Sandy Hook was the proposed Assault Weapons Ban of Introduced by Sen.

Dianne Feinstein a month after the shootings, the bill banned the sale of more than specific firearm models as well as magazines that held more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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Although there was widespread public support for more restrictive gun laws, the bill was defeated 60—40 in the Senate. Another bill, the so-called Manchin-Toomey proposal named for Democratic Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvaniawould have mandated criminal background checks for firearm sales over the Internet or at gun shows. Although these initiatives failed at the federal level, similar bills were ed into law in the states of New York, Connecticut, Colorado, and Maryland.

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The families and loved ones of some of those who were slain in the attack founded Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the reform of gun laws and the promotion of mental wellness. Among the legislative policies advocated by the group were the expansion of criminal background checks, support for violence and suicide prevention programs in schools, and a ban on high-capacity magazines. This last proposal was especially important to the Newtown families; at one point during the attack, Lanza stopped to reload, and 11 children were able to flee to safety during the brief respite.

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Table Of Contents. While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies. Please refer to the appropriate style manual or other sources if you have any questions. Facebook Twitter. Give Feedback External Websites. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article requires. External Websites. See all media. Date: December 14, Show more Location: Connecticut United States Show more. Full Article. Mass shootings in the United States, —, as selected and analyzed by the magazine Mother Jones.

Citing FBI criteria as a means of distinguishing mass murderers—intended as the focus of this data set—from spree killers and serial killers, Mother Jones compiled information about shootings during which at least four people were killed by a lone shooter in a public place. The magazine also counted the shooter, if killed or injured during the event, among the victims. As noted by Mother Joneshowever, there are several incidents included in this data set that do not meet these criteria e.

Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. Subscribe Now. Barack Obama attending an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, December 16,following the Newtown shootings. Barack Obama posing with siblings and cousins of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. The shooter also killed himself and his mother that day. Obama echoed the widespread public concern by asking Congress to enact new gun-control legislation that would mandate universal background checks for gun….

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