Connecticut school shooting

On December 14, 2012, a man  wearing combat gear and armed with semiautomatic pistols and a semiautomatic rifle entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Connecticut, US, where he fatally shot 20 children and 7 adults. The gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, age 20, most likely shot and killed himself during the incident. The gunman had earlier shot and killed his mother at their residence prior to the shooting at the school. Lanza's girlfriend has also been reported missing in New Jersey.

Investigation reports reveal horror of Sandy Hook school killings

A box of photos taken from the Lanzas' home. Photo: Reuters

Gunman Adam Lanza wore yellow ear plugs that muffled the screams of his victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School and he shot himself in the mouth after committing one of America's worst school massacres.

Sunday, 29 December, 2013, 5:21am

Newtown massacre anniversary brings fresh call for gun curbs

Congregation members hold lit candles during the vigil for victims of gun violence at Washington's cathedral on the eve of the anniversary of the Newtown shootings. Photo: EPA

Hundreds solemnly gathered in Washington's National Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school massacre and demand tougher action to halt gun violence in the United States.

14 Dec 2013 - 2:26am

Newtown massacre recordings reveal calm, anguish and gunshots

Audio recordings from the Connecticut school shooting a year ago that killed 20 children and six educators reveal a mixture of calm and anguish from the callers. Photo: Reuters

Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, on Wednesday released audio recordings of emergency 911 phone calls from the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six educators almost a year ago, revealing raw emotion in the voice of the callers.

5 Dec 2013 - 7:08pm

Prosecution can't explain why Adam Lanza carried out Newtown massacre

Adam Lanza

The motivations of the gunman who killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, last year is still a mystery and may never be known with certainty, prosecutors said in a report that ended their investigation.

27 Nov 2013 - 1:53am

Panel votes to raze site of Newtown school shooting

A new school may be rebuilt on the site of the old one. Photo: AP

Faced with what one official called a "gut-wrenching" decision, a task force has voted to tear down the site of the Sandy Hook school shooting and build a new school in its place.

13 May 2013 - 5:22am

Gun debate a window into the US soul

Barack Obama

After the Newtown massacre at an elementary school in December, Americans rushed to buy guns. I rushed to buy US gun stocks.

23 Apr 2013 - 3:51am 4 comments

Bring sanity to US gun debate

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Photo: AFP

The latest attempt to bring some sanity to Americans' right to bear arms came down to one measure - expanded background checks to stop the sale of guns to criminals and the mentally ill. Political lobbying in the US senate killed proposals to control automatic assault weapons and online sales. But even that did not satisfy opponents, led by the National Rifle Association.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am 1 comment

Mass murderers are all terrorists, whatever weapon they use

The abandoned Boston Marathon water station near the site of two bomb explosions. Photo: NYT

What exactly is terrorism? People around the world instantly recognised it when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring numerous others. But the Obama administration had to mull it over for a day before classifying the attack as terrorism. To me, terrorism is when a religious fanatic, a lunatic or a crazy youth terrorises people with bombs or assault weapons.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am 2 comments

Why Obama's drive for gun reforms never stood a chance

Barack Obama with the families of shooting victims. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama, his face set with rage, stood with families from Newtown and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords and asked how a measure to expand background checks for gun buyers - one supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans and a bipartisan majority of the Senate - had slipped away.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:57am

US assault weapons ban proposal sidelined

US lawmakers have dropped an effort to include a ban on assault weapons in a broader gun control package, conceding the difficulties of passing such legislation through Congress.

21 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Thousands march in Washington for stricter gun control

Protesters hold up placards during the March on Washington for Gun Control on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Protesters, backed by senior officials, marched in silence for around 30 minutes along the National Mall near the US Capitol and Washington Monument, carrying white placards marked with the names and pictures of gun crime victims.

27 Jan 2013 - 12:32pm

New York enacts 'toughest' gun law in US

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders celebrate. Photo: AP

New York has passed what supporters called the toughest gun ownership law in the country, becoming the first US state to impose new restrictions in the wake of last month's school massacre in Connecticut.

Lawmakers in the lower house of the state Assembly on Tuesday voted 104-43 in favour of the measure, which had been approved by the upper house in a 43-18 vote late Monday.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

Helping children come to terms with senseless tragedy

Explaining the horrific events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School requires some delicacy. Photo: EPA

For adults, the recent shooting spree in the United States, in which 20 small children and six teachers were massacred is tragic, senseless and confusing. We cannot understand why or how such a terrible thing could happen, and our hearts are filled with sorrow for the parents, the children and the community.

13 Jan 2013 - 3:44pm

After Newtown, Colombia firm makes bullet-proof kid clothes

Picture of the new clothing line for children with bulletproof protection taken at the factory of Colombian businessman Miguel Caballero. Photo: AFP

Miguel Caballero has been making bullet-proof clothes for politicians and other bigwigs for 20 years, but not for kids. The latest US school massacre has changed that.

This year he plans a line for children -- T-shirts, vests, and combination backpack-vests -- and geared toward the US market.

3 Jan 2013 - 12:35am

Briefs, January 3, 2013

Hekmatyar called for the killing of Western soldiers. Photo: AFP

An air raid on a town partly held by rebels on the outskirts of Damascus killed at least 12 members of the same family, most of them children. Warplanes bombed the town of Moadamiyet al-Sham, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The United Nations estimated more than 60,000 people have been killed in the civil war, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted in the 21-month-old conflict. 

3 Jan 2013 - 4:58am