Sandy Hook school shooting: What happened in 2012?

Relatives of the Sandy Hook massacre have responded to the shooting in Texas that killed 21 people

The families of those killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting have called for gun control action in the wake of events in Texas.

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The lone gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, opened fire on children and students with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle he legally acquired after his 18th birthday.

The Texas shooting was the 27th school attack in 2022.

Relatives of those killed in the Sandy Hook shooting have taken to social media to wonder why a decade later nothing has changed and children are still unsafe in their classrooms.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Sandy Hook shooting, and what families have said.

What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School?

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened in December 2012.

America is no stranger to such attacks, but this was the first incident in which young children were the targets.

Lone gunman Adam Lanza murdered his mother before traveling to elementary school, killing six adults and 20 children.

Lanza ended up turning the gun on himself before the police could arrest him.

He had used three firearms in the attack, including a Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic and two handguns.

The guns had been legally purchased from Lanza’s mother.

Sandy Hook is the worst school shooting in American history, with the new Texas shooting taking second place.

In 2014, families of nine of the children killed and one surviving teacher filed a wrongful death lawsuit against gunmaker Remington, which made Bushmaster.

In 2022, Remington settled for an estimated $73 million.

Who were the victims of Sandy Hook?

Six adults and 20 children were killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.

Mark Barden holds up a picture of his son Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre (Image: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The children were between six and seven years old.

The adults killed included the headmaster, teachers and therapists.

Here is a full list of victims:

Anne Marie Murphy (teacher)

Dawn Lafferty High Jump (Principal)

Lauren Rousseau (teacher)

Mary Sherlach (Psychologist)

Rachel D’Avino (therapist)

What did the families say about the Texas shooting?

Families of those killed in Sandy Hook have called for gun controls to be introduced to protect school children.

Erica Leslie Lafferty, whose mother was killed in the shooting, took to Twitter.

Lafferty tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers did not bring my mother back after she was gunned down in a hallway in Sandy Hook.

“It is no longer time to take action.”

Speaking later on CNN, she added, “These families in this community are going to hell and there’s definitely a network of people out there that have experienced it and are reaching out to support them.

“But it won’t just go away. Not for the families, not for the community. It’s life changing. It’s devastating. It’s traumatizing and every time it happens it brings it back like it was yesterday.”

Parents who also lost their children in the 2018 Parkland shootings expressed anger that things hadn’t changed.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was killed in the massacre, appeared on MSNBC to plead for action.

He said: “People have failed. I’m done. You failed our kids again, okay? I’m done. I had it. How many times more?”

The coach looked visibly distressed as he said, “When do we do what?”

Adding, “I’m tired, I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there … I’m so sick of the moments of silence, enough.”

Why haven’t gun laws changed in America?

Changing gun laws in America is incredibly difficult because of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which grants citizens the right to bear guns.

There are powerful gun groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) that oppose gun control.

After the Sandy Hook massacre, former President Barack Obama tried to introduce a bipartisan law that would require stricter background checks on gun purchases.

The bill fell by just five votes in the Republican-controlled Senate.

At the time, Obama declared it was a “pretty shameful day.” Sandy Hook school shooting: What happened in 2012?


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