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Merkel 'deeply saddened' by US massacre

Published: 15 Dec 2012 16:18 GMT+01:00

“The news from Newtown saddens me deeply. Once again we are faced with horror from a deed which we cannot grasp,” said Chancellor Merkel in a statement, joining leaders across the world who expressed their sympathies with victims and their families in the aftermath of the massacre.

“The thought of the murdered pupils and teachers makes my heart heavy” Merkel added. “My deepest sympathies go out to the relatives, I wish you strength and comfort, may you not be alone in your pain.”

At 9.30 on Friday morning, 20 year-old gunman Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook elementary school armed with pistols and a semiautomatic rifle, and preceded to shoot dead on the spot six members of staff including the school principle and 18 schoolchildren said to be aged between five and 10 years old.

Two further children were taken to hospital where they died of their wounds. Lanza, who died at the scene, had earlier shot his mother Nancy in her home. Further details were slow to emerge on Saturday as police continued their investigation of the crime scene.

Christoph Matschie, vice-president of Thuringia, said the shooting had left him “stunned and in deep mourning.” He added that the massacre brought up the terrible experiences of April 2002, when a 19 year-old pupil shot 16 people at a school in Erfurt in Thuringia, before turning the gun on himself.

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17:35 December 15, 2012 by gorongoza
" ..... his mother Nancy Lanza has legal bought THREE GUNS."

A mother with two boys. i.e. a gun for each person. A witness said she/he heard probably more than a hundred shorts at the scene of massacre.

An army at its early stages of formation, I am obliged to conclude.

May the souls of the innocent souls (especially kids) who were butchered in cold blood rest in peace.
17:58 December 15, 2012 by Englishted
I will worry about the whys and wherefores later ,first let me express my heartfelt sympathy to all those who are feeling the pain right now ,such a sad sad thing to happen .
18:34 December 15, 2012 by IchBinKönig
A tragedy indeed.

Unfortunately, 10 people, including 4 teenagers, were shot on the same day in Chicago. A City with 400 Homicides a year(An optimistic statistic that doesn't account for how many dead, just homicide reports). A city where guns are banned, in a state with the strictest gun regulations in the country. Yet somehow less news worthy.
19:08 December 15, 2012 by www.emungus.net
FUNERAL HYMN AS THE BILL OF RIGHTS LIVES ON...

Twenty innocents kids killed, twenty beautiful small young souls get their lives cut short. A deep heartbreaking sorrow. It saddens each time children get hurt, it kills when they pay of their lives the wrongness and mistakes of adults, grown-up people.

Who would keep cool by remaining indifferent to such a crime? Let us hope no one...Africa is a source of some wise sayings, it would be nice to copy a few. Here is one: they say almost this ¦#39;¦#39;when still in her mother's womb a child belongs only to her mother, but as soon as the child comes to the world she belongs to everyone ¦#39;¦#39; because each of us is supposed to help and take care of a child , regardless whether she came out of one¦#39;s entrails or not .

Thus those killed children are ours , this is why everyone should pay a teardrop for those kids.

Too much tears but the wish of American people must be fulfilled... American law system allows citizens to bear firearms(Bill of Rights). Then, it is kind of a tear too much or for nothing for all the victims of an horrifying shooting : still the Bill of Rights lives on. So to say America get its will accomplished in the sacrifice of innocent small lives. Life goes on as the Bill of Rights carries on too...
19:48 December 15, 2012 by wxman
This kid had been diagnosed with "personality disorder" (read sociopath). He had no friends or social interactions, and he was an obsessive gamer. There's your real problem, not guns. They are inanimate objects, but games such as "Call to Duty" are not. To one of these sociopaths who always is killing with these video games, true reality becomes an abstract. One day he steps out into the real world and continues the killing (this time real) caused by these damned games. They are what we should restrict. Everyone interested in buying a game should have to undergo a full background check, and even then go through a 30 day waiting period before purchase.
20:24 December 15, 2012 by raandy
It hurts to read this , sorry is not enough ,my heart felt sympathy for the parents .
21:09 December 15, 2012 by elitebavarian
sad incident. but nobody is mentioning about murderer's religion, strange, right??

if it would be a muslim, then this 'western world' would have started shouting muslim terrorist bla bla bla.

and they would not stop here, instead attacked another muslim country and kill thousands of innocent children there. what a 'civilised world'!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113410/US-soldier-kills-16-Afghan-civilians-deadly-shooting-rampage.html
21:48 December 15, 2012 by marimay
That is because westerners are generally brainwashed hypocrite morons, elitebavarian.
22:13 December 15, 2012 by gorongoza
Comment: There is a fu...ng rot in the American society. Till you guys in the USA come to admit and confront it head on you will experience similar incidences in future - the maths points in that direction. The greatest president of the USA is one who will realise and tackle this rot , not fighting the cowboys and their guns. Every time such a horrendous incident happens a point is missed. Already Obama appears to have missed altogether. After the incident he said we have to talk. It looks like its easier for the administration in Washington to tackle issues in foreign lands than the rot within.
22:47 December 15, 2012 by elitebavarian
I wonder why Frau Merkel is not 'saddened' when thousands of children are massacred in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Please see the following story, this is a slap on the face of this "civilized" western society.

http://goo.gl/W66oY

http://goo.gl/HmJIJ
23:40 December 15, 2012 by Englishted
@ elitebavarian

I'm saddened by a girl being shot in Pakistan just because she wanted to go to school to get a education even though she is female, a education that following your comments you obviously lacked .

So let the parents suffer in peace .
10:03 December 16, 2012 by raandy
The necessary laws for getting guns out of the homes are not in place.Guns are a fascination to children. The power that they yield and the validation they can give to any kid who has ever been picked on or pushed aside.

The modern American family structure is suffering from a breakdown.Divorce rates are high, both parents often work, and as much as these circumstances are often unavoidable, they are leading to the consequence that many children are being raised in the classroom. Their lessons in morality, ways of dealing with problems and advice come from peers,and if their peers reject them because of how they dress or the music they listen or their IQs then conflict ,depression and violence can result.

The NRA will come out and say people kill people not guns, well, now children are killing children and guns are always involved, how many more tragedies will it take to wake up the American public that guns , especially hand guns are a problem, and this problem needs to be addressed. It is not the only problem but it certainly should be the first to be corrected.
12:00 December 16, 2012 by wethepeople2012
They will mourn with us, they will cry with us, and they will say how tragic this is but in the end of the day the gun lovers will still demand and insist on buying and owning guns. They will give us all the excuses, its my constitutional right or guns don't kill people people kill people, or I need to defend myself, or I am a hunter, or I am a collector...but in the end they will still want to live among the rest of us with their guns. They will never get it through their heads. In a way, the gun lobbyists, the NRA, and the gun lovers are enabling these shootings with their excuses on why they need guns. Welcome to the land of milk and honey....oh yeah, and lots of guns. Such a civilized country.

If the NRA, gun lobbyists, and gun lovers can guarantee that when a gun leaves the store, something like this will NEVER happen again, I would have no problem. But they can't!!! Sadly, not everyone is responsible or trustworthy to ensure their weapons are locked up and thus put the rest of us in danger. And if you agree with this, then you know the only answer is to ban all guns or at least force the gun lovers to live with their other gun loving friends and not with the rest of us.
14:35 December 16, 2012 by nstaubach
@wethepeople 2012, @elitebavarian

i couldn't agree more!
15:46 December 16, 2012 by MIKE LOUGHNANE
we killed 40,000 people in car crashes last year. ban all those cars. get real if this kid did not steal a gun he would have used a bomb or a car.
15:56 December 16, 2012 by Mordsith_T
Lets throw stones shall we...

Several killed in hospital shooting in Lörrach

German school massacre sparks call for consequences

Teen attacker planned Ansbach school rampage

I recently read a picture that said it all...

" You actualy think that criminals will obey gun control laws? You're a special kind of stupid aren't you?"
15:56 December 16, 2012 by raandy
I fail to see what the highway fatality statistics have to do with this tragedy.

He didn't steal the gun it was in the home available to be used by an irresponsible GUN owner.

Your speculation as to his use of an automobile or a bomb is as intelligent as your comment.
16:38 December 16, 2012 by Morseman
One or two commentators got it right:

This deceased mother, a victim herself, had a son who was known to be unstable, yet she didn't secure the weapons.

We have two different elements here: the perceived right to own firearms, and utter carelessness in owning them.

A terrible tragedy, and there will be more...
16:42 December 16, 2012 by elitebavarian
@Englishted:

your comment shows how american you are. Americans don't even know what is happening in the next state, their city and state is their whole life. and yes, they believe on their "free" media blindly, and never think logically.

such a pity!

Note: even if you are not american national, you think like american.
16:44 December 16, 2012 by Mordsith_T
You don't know that she didn't have them secured. That information hasn't been determined by the investigators or released. Since the young man lived in the home he may have well have seen/observed the access that she thought was not in his knowledge base.

Raandy, his point was that if someone wants to do something then they will find a way to do it. Whether it be a car, a bomb, a knife, an ax, or a gun.

Bad people will do bad things regardless of the access to perceived weapons. A simple box cutter has been used as a weapon. So believing the taking away guns will stop tragedies such as this is pure hubris.
17:29 December 16, 2012 by MattyB
22:13 December 15, 2012 by gorongoza

Absolutely correct. The US's biggest problem is cultural decay. These horrific incidents will continue until that is addressed. Sadly, the gun control crowds appears to only want a quick, short-sighted, feel-good solution. Personally I believe this is because if the US was to engage in an actual debate on the state of its sick society, it would raise far too many inconvenient and uncomfortable questions/answers that do not fit in with the world view and ideological goals of the gun control crowd.
17:50 December 16, 2012 by Mordsith_T
How about WORLD CULTURAL DECAY. No society is exempt from the depravities that people can commit on each other.
18:36 December 16, 2012 by raandy
I agree America is in a moral decay, but you won't be left out ,its spreading ,like everything else that migrates out of there.
07:13 December 17, 2012 by insight101
As usual, an article about America gets more comments from the anti-American diseased minds..oh yes, America is in moral decay, but thankfully, European countries, Russia, China, South American countries, and African countries are morally clean...sometimes, most of the time, the blogs here disgust me. By the way there have been several macabre slayings in Germany in the past two weeks including a school shooting and a parent who stabbed his two children with a KITCHEN KNIFE before throwing himself in front of a chain, but let's talk about American decay, after all, he probably watched an American tv show before he did it...
08:34 December 17, 2012 by Morseman
@Mordsith T

You are right. We don't yet know whether the weapons were secured. But I'm willing to bet that they were not securely locked in a gun safe, with the mother as sole keyholder.

We shall see.

Very very sad and upsetting...
18:58 December 17, 2012 by raandy
insight101 are you kidding me, wake up smell the coffee, America is in decay, look at the stats its all negative.

I was born at night but it wasn't last night.

Hang in there it could improve and I truly hope so.
09:16 December 19, 2012 by insight101
randy i never said america isn't in decay. i am emphasizing that the world is in decay, but many of these bloggers like to act like america is a special case, when most of the criticisms could be directed far and wide the world over.

in germany for example-they talk about how the americans are all fat, but germany has basically the same level of obese people. they talk about gun deaths, but they have a smoking rate twice as high and still don't protect people from smokers in the entrances of public buildings or at the main bus stations or even in restaurants where the walls are open or at the markets. plus, they are the world's third largest exporter of guns. the list of hypocrisy goes on and on. everybody wants to look at someone else and criticize when in fact, every nation is full of plenty to criticize.
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