GUNMAN KILLS 20 CHILDREN, 6 ADULTS AT SCHOOL IN CONNECTICUT: “The gunman in the Connecticut shooting blasted his way into the elementary school and then sprayed the children with bullets, first from a distance and then at close range, hitting some of them as many as 11 times, as he fired a semiautomatic rifle loaded with ammunition designed for maximum damage, officials said Saturday.
“The state’s chief medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, said all of the 20 children and 6 adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., had been struck more than once in the fusillade.” — New York Times 12/15/12
“A worker who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 children on their hands and knees to safety, then gave them paper and crayons to keep them calm and quiet.
“Out of the ruins of families that lost a precious child, sister or mother, out of a tight-knit town roiling with grief, glows one bright spot: the stories of staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School who may have prevented further carnage through selfless actions and smart snap judgments.” — Yahoo News 12/16/12
“How Congress Screwed Up And Let The Assault Weapons Ban Expire” — Business Insider 12/16/12
A Guide to Mass Shootings in America – There have been at least 62 in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally. “Update: On December 14, a mass shooter killed 27 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Among the fatalities were 20 children, six adults, and the shooter, who also killed his mother at her home. More details here. This guide and map have been updated with data from the Newtown massacre.” — Mother Jones 12/15/12
MARIJUANA NOW LEGAL IN COLORADO: “Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday quietly removed the final barrier to legalization by declaring that an amendment passed by voters in November was officially part of the state constitution. He announced the move on Twitter and email after the fact. In response, a handful of marijuana activists celebrated by toking up on the Capitol steps, but there were no crowds and little fanfare … “
“Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the marijuana measure, said he purposely sought a low-key enactment.” — Washington Post 12/11/12
IN LAME-DUCK SESSION, MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS PASS UNION-BUSTING “RIGHT TO WORK”: “Governor Rick Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by Colbeck that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation’s 24th right-to-work state.
“From outside Michigan Republican circles, it appeared that the Republican drive to weaken unions came out of the blue – proposed, passed and signed in a mere six days.
“But the transformation had been in the making since March 2011 … ” — Reuters 12/13/12