CNN Radio News Day: December 17, 2012
The funeral procession for Jack Pinto, 6, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
December 17th, 2012
04:28 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 17, 2012

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  • Funerals for two six-year-olds took place today in Newtown, Connecticut;  funerals marking the tragic end of life for children just beginning to understand what life is all about.  Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner were remembered in the town's one funeral home - a funeral home that will be filled all week with mourners of what is now the third deadliest gun-related massacre in U.S. history. While we're learning much about the 20 children and six adults killed in Friday's school shootings, the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza remains mostly a mystery. CNN's Lisa Desjardins talked with Alan Diaz who went to school with Lanza:

"Alan doesn't remember the shooter, he remembers this kid that he went to high school with.  Alan said he was shy – even to the point he would literally stand in the corner."

  •  It's happened before and chances are it will happen again: mass shootings with tragic results. Whenever such horrific events take place the debate over gun control is renewed, but the memories fade and inaction prevails.  This time though, there are striking signals of change in Congress. Rep. John Yarmuth, a moderate Democrat from Kentucky, cried at a news conference today as he apologized for being what he called “ largely silent” on the issue of gun violence. And he said it’s time for new legislation on guns:

"I intend to be part of that action and I promise my constituents, the families of the bereaved in Connecticut, my own family, and every American family (sobs) I will not be silent any longer."

  • What does it take for a town to heal from an event as tragic and unimaginable as the massacre in Newtown of 20 innocent children and six adults who tried to protect them?  CNN's Steve Kastenbaum is there and reports on the efforts by residents to figure out how to go on:

"Everyone always asks why, but that's not what's important," says Marci Benitez who runs Fun Kutz, a children's hair salon and clothing store in the center of town. "I don't think you can ever fully heal."

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  1. mark andrews

    Is it just me or has anyone else wondered why a parent would register assault weapons in their home & allow access to such weapons to their offspring?.....Irresponsible/careless handling of firearms can only result in tragedy,including those of your own immediate family.This alone was the "cause" of the entire incident!

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