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2:29 AM ET, December 15, 2012

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Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee: Schools ‘A Place Of Carnage’ Because We ‘Systematically Removed God’  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee attributed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in part to restrictions on school prayer and religious materials in the classroom.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Matt Higgins / CBS Connecticut:
CBS News: 27 Dead, Including 20 Children, In Elementary School Shooting  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that at least 27 people are dead, including 20 students, after a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  The gunman is among the dead.
New York Times:
18 Children Killed in Grade School Shooting in Connecticut  —  Eighteen children were killed on Friday morning in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City, according to a person who had been briefed on the shooting.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Hours After Connecticut Kindergarten Shooting, Michigan GOP Calls For Allowing Guns In Schools  —  A statement attributed to Press Secretary Ari B. Adler shrugged off any link between guns in schools and school shootings: … The vast majority of mass killers in the United States use legally acquired weapons.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States  —  When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid “politicizing” the tragedy.  That is code, essentially, for “don't talk about reforming our gun control laws.”
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Huckabee Says Connecticut School Massacre Occurred Because We ‘Removed God From Our Schools’  —  Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee attributed today's deadly massacre in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut to the lack of God and religion in public schools.
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Fischer: God Didn't Stop CT School Shooting Because He's a ‘Gentleman’ Who Doesn't Go Where He Is Not Wanted  —  Bryan Fischer spent the first hour of his radio program today discussing this morning's truly horrific shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, which he, of course …
Pete Yost / bigstory.ap.org:
AP SOURCE: SUSPECT DROVE TO MOTHER'S SCHOOL  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » AP source: Suspect drove to mother's school  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School Shooting  —  10:03 p.m.: WABC News and ABC News report that the Sandy Hook elementary school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was among those killed during the Newtown, Conn., school rampage, according to multiple sources.  —  9:37 p.m.: A Sig Sauer …
Hartford Courant:
One Confirmed Dead In School Shooting In Newtown
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Thoughts on the Newtown Elementary School Tragedy
Discussion: Hartford Courant and U.S. News
BuzzFeed:
Gun Control Org Sees “Huge” Influx Of Donations After Sandy Hook Shooting
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michelle Jaconi / CNN:   CNN's GUT CHECK for December 14, 2012
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Hopefully CT School Shooting Will Result In ‘Political Capital’ To Reform Gun Laws
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Politico:
MSNBC launches the gun control conversation
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: ‘Our hearts are broken’ after Connecticut school shooting
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
McCarthy: I will embarrass Obama on gun control  —  In the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she has warned the White House “the gloves are off” if President Obama fails to act on the issue.  —  McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the foremost gun control advocate in Congress …
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David Frum / david-frum:
Every Day is the Day to Talk About Gun Control  —  I have a daughter in a public elementary school in the District of Columbia.  When I read news of a school shooting, it touches a particularly intimate place in me.  To be a parent is to be haunted by fears.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Obama, silent about union violence in Michigan, immediately reacts to Connecticut school shooting
Discussion: Wonkette
Allison Benedikt / Slate:
President Obama, Today Is the Day To Politicize This Tragedy
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Bloomberg On CT Shooting: Calling For Meaningful Action Is Not Enough
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
School shooting: President Obama's remarks on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Carney On Gun Control: “Today Is Not The Day” (VIDEO)
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gun Advocacy Group Responds: ‘Gun Control Supporters Have The Blood Of Little Children On Their Hands’  —  While citizens and advocates of gun control are responding to Friday's horrific school shooting in Connecticut by calling on Congress to enact sensible gun regulations …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Column: Gun-free zones provide false sense of security  —  Killers aren't stopped by these policies.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  “After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.”
John Barnes / MLive.com:
Sweeping changes in Michigan's concealed handgun law go beyond allowing weapons in ‘gun free zones’  —  The most sweeping rewrite of Michigan's concealed handgun law in more than a decade includes details that go well beyond opening so-called “gun free zones” to hidden weapons.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
American Exceptionalism: The Shootings Will Go On  —  Insane rampages are, sadly, not confined to the United States.  One happened this very day in China, where a cruel madman attacked a group of children at school.  —  Here's the difference:  —  Twenty-two children injured.
Discussion: The Reaction and The Agonist
petitions.whitehouse.gov:
Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.  —  The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns.  While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means …
 
 
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