Sandy Hook

An attorney for a former Newtown, Connecticut teacher who brought a loaded gun to school says his client bought the weapon after receiving threatening messages from conspiracy theorists claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre never occurred.

  The Woodstock Film Festival and Upstate Films in Rhinebeck will presents a screening of Newtown on August 24th at 8:15 p.m.

Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose.

Kim A. Snyder’s most recent film, NEWTOWN premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was hailed in Entertainment Weekly as among the “Best of Sundance.” NEWTOWN will continue to screen at premiere festivals worldwide and is poised to have a theatrical release in September 2016, with a national broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in early 2017.

Maria Cuomo Cole is the award-winning producer of the feature documentary, Newtown, which will be premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In her career, she has tackled such relevant subjects as gun violence, homelessness, veterans’ PTSD, Domestic Violence and sexual assault.

They will be at the screening in Rhinebeck and join us to talk about the film.

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A lawyer for Remington Arms has asked a Connecticut judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the gun maker filed by the families of some of the children and adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The third anniversary of Sandy Hook is coming up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that recent mass shootings demand action.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is seeking to amend a federal education bill and set aside funding to train teachers in social and emotional learning. The Democrat introduced the amendment Monday building upon the work of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation.

A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

    The killings at Newtown were supposed to change America.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that reforming gun laws can take a long time.

Gun Laws Set To Change In New York And Connecticut

Dec 30, 2013
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Gun laws in New York and Connecticut will see changes in the New Year.

Nearly a year after passage of New York State’s new gun law, dealer sales of AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have ended in New York and arrest data show more than 1,000 gun possession charges in New York City were boosted from misdemeanors to felonies.

Fifty nine people have been charged statewide with misdemeanors for possessing large-capacity magazines or having more than seven bullets loaded in a magazine.

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One year after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many school districts claim they are safer than they were last December.

School districts across the country have bolstered school security in the year following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook that killed 20 children and six educators.

In a recent survey conducted by the New York State School Boards Association on superintendents’ assessment of their schools’ safety, most believed they are more safe than they were at this time last year.

    Letters From Sandy Hook-Newtown To The World is a deeply heartfelt collection of original letters written by members of the Sandy Hook-Newtown community, giving the world a simple and honest view into their lives.

Since the tragic events on December 14, 2012, the community has been shown a tremendous amount of love and compassion from all over the world in so many different forms. This book is a small offering from the people of Sandy Hook-Newtown, letting you know who they are and have always been.

  On December 14, 2012, Scarlett Lewis experienced something that no parent should ever have to endure: she lost her son Jesse in an act of unimaginable violence. The day started just like any other, but when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Scarlett’s life changed forever.

Following Jesse’s death, Scarlett went on an unexpected journey, inspired by a simple three-word message he had scrawled on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died: Norurting Helin Love (Nurturing Healing Love). It was as if he knew just what his family would need in order to go on after this horrible tragedy.

**As mentioned in the interview posted here, J.T. Lewis' website is**

Almost a year after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the State’s Attorney has released a report profiling the killer, 20-year-old Adam Lanza.

Newtown: No Events To Mark Shooting Anniversary

Oct 17, 2013

The leader of the board that governs Newtown, Connecticut says it won’t host any townwide events to mark the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

First Selectman Pat Llodra says the community is choosing to remember and honor the victims in ways that are "quiet, personal and respectful."

A gunman killed 20 children and six women inside the school Dec. 14 before committing suicide.

Obama warns GOP against blocking gun bill

Apr 9, 2013
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President Barack Obama is warning Republican lawmakers against using delay tactics to sink gun control legislation.

Obama spoke last night about his gun proposals in Connecticut, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed in a horrific school shooting last year. The shooting spurred fresh debate in Washington over gun control measures.

The president is singling out GOP lawmakers who want to use procedural maneuvers to block legislation. Obama says the move would be akin to saying the public's opinion doesn't matter.

Obama promoting gun legislation in Connecticut

Apr 8, 2013

President Barack Obama is trying to boost the chances of gun legislation that could be in jeopardy this week with a trip to the home state of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Obama is visiting the Connecticut capital of Hartford, where last week the governor signed a law with widespread restrictions on firearms. The Senate could take up national legislation this week.

Obama plans to meet with Sandy Hook families and argue that lawmakers have an obligation to the children killed and other victims of gun violence to act on his proposals.

Conn. bill provides immunity to security experts

Apr 1, 2013
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Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide immunity from civil liability for school security consultants. 

The legislature's Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear public testimony today on the proposal, co-sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader, whose district includes Newtown.

Many school districts have revisited their security plans following the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.