Following the horrible news out of Newtown, Conn., on the AP:
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, said the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown was killed and apparently had two guns.
A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey State Police were searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings.
The outpouring of fury and grief online is staggering, with as much argument over the handling of the story (whether to interview the young witnesses) as over gun control issues. Right now, I'm wishing, like countless other parents, that I had my arms held tight around my kids.