A Moment Of Silence For Newtown, CT [VIDEO]
New Jersey and the nation will mark the one week anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut with a moment of silence at 9:30AM, the time at which Adam Lanza began his murderous rampage that left 27 dead inclulding his mother.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) joined Connecticut’s Governor Dannel Malloy (D) in calling for a moment of silence.
In issuing the 122nd executive order of his administration, Christie is asking Garden State residents to remember “the immeasurable losses suffered by the families and loved ones of the fallen” and “the tremendous acts of bravery by Sandy Hook Elementary School staff and first responders unquestionably
saved many young lives.”
THE NRA SPEAKS
The National Rifle Association is returning to the spotlight one week the shooting with a press conference to address the shooting.
The 4.3 million-member group says it will offer “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”
The NRA has largely kept out of sight since last week’s shooting, taking down its Facebook page and silencing itself on Twitter. NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre will appear on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday.
As funerals continue in Newtown for the victims of the shooting, a private funeral was held in Kingston, NH according to Police Chief Donald Briggs. About 25 family members attended the ceremony. Lanza graduated from Sanborn High School in Kingston in 1978 and her brother James Champion is a member of the Kingston Police Department.
In Newtown, where makeshift memorials of stuffed animals, angels, candles, flowers and balloons have blossomed on patches of grass throughout town, there is only one noticeable tribute to Nancy Lanza. It’s a letter written by a friend on yellow paper affixed, screwed and shellacked onto a red piece of wood.
The dearth of tributes to Nancy Lanza underscores the complicated mix of emotions surrounding her after the shooting.
In a small town where multiple funerals are taking place each day, where black-clad mourners stand in lines waiting to say goodbye to another child, many are incredibly angry at Nancy Lanza for not keeping her guns away from her son.
Some view her as a victim, but one whose guns were used to kill first-graders. And others think Nancy Lanza was an innocent victim, one who should be counted and included at memorials.
Connecticut State Police continue their investigation into the shooting and have not yet issued an official report.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.