Mass shootings aren’t more frequent _ but they are deadlier
ATLANTA (AP) — It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren't, but they have been getting deadlier.
In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll from Newtown and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook.
When just saying ‘I’m from Newtown’ can be a cross to bear
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Suzanne Davenport still wears a memorial bracelet and has a green ribbon with a "Be Kind" magnet on her car to honor the 26 children and educators killed at the local elementary school. A resident of Newtown's Sandy Hook section, she knew some of the victims, and she knows survivors.
But like many of her neighbors, Davenport often avoids telling strangers she is from Newtown.
The victims of Sandy Hook
CHARLOTTE BACON, 6
“Charlotte never met an animal she didn’t love, and since the age of two wanted to be a veterinarian. She also enjoyed practicing tae kwon do weekly with her Dad and brother where she relished kicking and throwing punches.” -Charlotte’s family in a statement
Things to know about mass shootings
Some things to know about mass shootings:
HOW IS 'MASS SHOOTING' DEFINED?
There is no concrete definition of "mass shooting." Most researchers who study mass shootings define it as four or more killed (excluding the shooter) in a public place. They do not count domestic violence cases that take place in the home nor do they include gang-related violence. That is also the definition used by the Congressional Research Service.
Sandy Hook’s legacy: More security in elementary schools
NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — The setting could not be more different, but David Wannagot says he applies some of the same skills from his 30-year police career to his new role as a school sentry.
As he greeted children getting off the bus at West Elementary School one recent morning, he scanned their faces, ready to guide any who seem upset directly to the vice principal. And from his station at the entrance he sizes up all visitors asking to enter the building.
Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.