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CT Shooter Adam Lanza

Learned How to Fire Guns

... From His Mom

12/16/2012 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1216_adam_lanza_mom_abcMass murderer Adam Lanza learned everything he knew about firearms ... from his mother.

Adam's mom, Nancy Lanza -- who was Adam's first victim -- was an avid gun collector who reportedly bragged to friends and neighbors about her weapons and took her son to several firing ranges to teach him how to shoot ... in the months leading up to his deadly assault.

One of Nancy's neighbors, Dan Holmes, told the NY Post ... Nancy was a gun enthusiast ... an avid collector ... often taking her kids to the gun range, infusing them with her obsession with firearms.

Adam used several different guns when he opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary school earlier this week ... all of which were registered to his mother.


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A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school's vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.
A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.
A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.
A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.
A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.
A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.
A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.
At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon.

677 days ago

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

So your point is? I have guns. My wife and I both shoot. One of our kids shoots trap. I don't think the mother showing the kid how to handle firearms was the problem. I think the mother putting firearms into the hands of a mental case was.

677 days ago


Tmz needs to stick with CELEBRITY gossip. This is why Adam will be remembered more than the innocent victims he took at sandy brook, shame on you tmz.

677 days ago


Danielle----I will blame the mother.I do not know what brains she was using,but she paid the price for her stupidity,She knew her child had problems'Aspergers"You should read up on Autism and Aspergers.My Nephew has Aspergers,and there would be NO WAY IN HELL,he would be taught to use a gun,Most bullied kids will hold it in or commit suicide,with Autism or Aspergers the child goes into a RAGE.

677 days ago

That Pop Life..yeah..    

People stop it already!! You can't blame the parent,mental illness, and/or medication.The damage is done,the only thing these victims need RIGHT NOW,is our PRAYERS and SUPPORT...PLEASE

677 days ago


Last time i checked guns are not the problem, being the fact i was taught how to use them at age 10 and they were easily accessible.i am now 19. i haven't killed anyone. my younger brother who learned much younger then me and who has mental issues hasn't ever pointed one at someone let alone shot anyone. So the people who think guns are the issue should think again. because they never have been the issue and never will be.

677 days ago


I see a lot of comments here defending the mother. Tell me if he hadn't shot her first would you all be as generous? Fact is this gun crazy woman provided the instruments of death to her nutbar son. If the guns and ammo were locked away properly and the key hidden well 28 people would still be alive today.

677 days ago


White people are crazy.

677 days ago


The police have said they have found no evidence to support any of this. Yes she owned guns, but as of now they do not know how often she went target shooting or how often she took her son. Any responsible gun owner teaches their children how to properly handle and fire weapons.

677 days ago


also owning 3 or 4 guns is hardly an obsession.

677 days ago

Rail Runner    

Time to change the Second Amendment to " The right to bare and be shot by there own arms " Good job there momma Lanza teaching your unstable son how to be more deadly, how did that work out for you, the Nut-Job gun culture has no valid reason to be equipped with assault rifles and this tragedy proves it !

677 days ago


Glad to hear she was his first victim, too bad she wasn't the last. How stupid was she to teach a kid to shoot these kinds of weapons when he had obvious social and psychological problems.

She had told family and friends not to leave him alone long enough to even go to the bathroom. That doesn't sound like someone who can be trusted with guns.

If she had survived, she would be enemy #1 and would deserve it.

677 days ago


You only hear about white people doing this ****. Never Asians or Mexicans or blacks.

677 days ago


A child with his disposition has NO BUSINESS being around guns. Those guns should not have been accessible to him.

677 days ago


The mother is sounding more and more like a right wing gun crazy.

677 days ago
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