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Sen. Yee Calls Connecticut School Shooting 'Shocking, Horrific'

A gunman rampaged through Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday morning killing up to 30 people.

Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco and San Mateo, has issued a statement following the tragic mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut Friday morning.

"As a father, child psychologist, and legislator, my thoughts and prayers go out to the children and families of Newtown," Yee said.

"In a year with so many appalling acts of gun violence, this is the most shocking of such tragedies. While we do not have all the details behind this senseless and unconscionable massacre, it is a sad and horrific reminder of what is possible when guns get into the wrong hands. We must limit access to weapons that can result in such catastrophe and mass murder."

After the mass killing of six people in August at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, Yee told Patch that he wanted stricter regulations on the purchase of weapons. 

The mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning horrified the nation and left parents questioning how they can protect their children.

Twenty-seven people were killed—the majority of them children between the ages of 5 and 10—at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The violence is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

Schools are perceived as a safe place for kids, though few have security measures in place to defend against violence like what happened at Sandy Hook School.

The school's doors are locked at 9:30 a.m., and visitors are required to sign in, according to the Sandy Hook School website. When violence erupted Friday morning, the school went on "lockdown," according to media reports. That means teachers and staff locked students inside classrooms rather than risk evacuation.

Stories of heroic teachers and school staffers at the school have emerged. One teacher locked all of her students in a closet to protect them, the Huffington Post reported.

Parents were notified by a reverse 911 call that went out to all Newtown public school families, NBC reported.

Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
People always have a choice.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Clearly there was a problem with this person's thought process. I disagree with Yee about creating stricter gun control laws. Usually if you tell someone they can't have something, or have to work harder to get it, they want it more. What do you think?
John Hanson December 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM
You will never stop guns, laws or not. All schools need 24/7 armed Security. This would help protect our children and School Property. They say children are a top priority, but do nothing to make them safe at school.
S.Giraud December 15, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Mr.Corbett,I take offence to your statement gun -totters.I have been around firarms my whole hole life and have never totted my gun on anyone.It is our 2nd amendment right to own and posses them in as long as the legal guidlines are followed.A parent is probably better home schooling his child than what that child is tought by the unionist (liberal) teaching establishment in this state.
wolfone December 15, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Chris, its just a excuse to "home-skool" their kids, in Cali will not happen unless they have teacher creds. We need gun control. I am like you I don't have a gun. I have a dog and I used to do martial arts. If your time is up its up gun or not. Those saying a gun or arm schools bla,bla, are full of it. Gabby Giffords has a Glock and it didn't help her as she was shot point blank, by a Glock! Control easy access to guns, ban assault rifles there, is no reason for them except to kill, and ban clips with more than 9 or so bullets. Also make owning a gun like driving. A privilege not a "Right" With this "right" comes insurance so if you gun is used in a crime or some kid gets ahold of it you will be responsible just like if you get in a accident with your car. And a license to buy a gun. Any gun. Outlaw "gun shows" aka "Easy access" tax the hell out of Ammo. Change peoples thought processes that guns are not the answer to Everything! Guns are not Toys. Guns are meant for KILLING. You point a gun you are going to kill someone or something. You must be responsible for that.
wolfone December 15, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Yes Chris, the cops like to kill, SSFPD kills dogs. One time after I saw them kill a dog in cold blood, a guy was walking his dog in SSF over by Hillside and maybe even that same sergeant, it was a SSF cop off duty the dog barked at his dog so he shot it.
wolfone December 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Not pitbulls! One was a Rot and the other a little dog. Now on the OTHER hand when two vicious pits bulls were savaging/killing a 14 yrs old senior/lab who wouldn't hurt a fly behind my house..... the cops did nothing. Did not shoot pitbulls and finally when they ran away one of them had compassion and took the poor senior girl to the vet where she had to be put to sleep.
Jeffrey Tong December 17, 2012 at 01:40 AM
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Ben There December 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The process in California is as follows: Long Gun: • Must be 18 (show ID). Don’t have to show ID to vote but you do to purchase as long gun. • Show secondary ID (utility bill, registration, etc) to verify you are who you say you are. • Fill out DROS (Dearler Record of Sale) form (used for background check), get fingerprinted and pay for it ($25). • Go home • Come back 10 days later and pick up your Long Gun Hand Gun: • Must be 21 (show ID). • Show secondary ID. • Present HSC (Handgun Safety Certificate). The HSC is required. To get this cert, individuals must pass a handgun safety “test”. They are good for 5 years. I think the test costs $25. • Fill out DROS (Dealer Record of Sale) form (used for background check), get fingerprinted, and pay for it ($25). • Go home • Come back 10 days later • Sit through and “pass” a safe handling demonstration • Prove you have a California approved safe or else you must purchase a locking device • Walk out with your hand gun

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