Moments after Adam Lanza opened fire on classrooms of first-graders and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Shannon Hicks sped to the scene. She was responding in two capacities: as a volunteer firefighter, and as an employee of the local weekly newspaper, The Newtown Bee.
A day after the names of children and teachers killed by gunfire at a Connecticut elementary school were announced, details about the victims and their lives are emerging. Family members and friends have made public statements about their loss. And some have chosen to mourn in private. The stories describe the vibrant, productive, and promising lives that were cut short Friday.
More details are emerging about the shooter and his victims in the worst act of deadly violence at an elementary school in U.S. history, as President Obama planned to meet Sunday with families and attend a community vigil.
Her name was Emilie Parker. Six years old. Long, flowing blond hair, piercing blue eyes and a sweet smile. Emilie was one of the 20 children killed on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we learn the names of the victims, we're also learning their stories.
Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with law professor Adam Winkler about the recent history of gun control legislation, and whether the Sandy Hook shooting might represent a tipping point. He's the author of the book, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.
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