Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country's history.
Southern Californians are are voicing a variety of gun-related reactions to
Friday's tragedy at an elementary school in Connecticut. At least 27 people are dead, the majority of them children aged 5-10, after Adam Lanza, 20, allegedly fired rounds into two classrooms. Among the deceased are the school's principal and the gunman’s mother who reportedly taught there.
After you've read your fellow citizens' reactions, let us know what you think in the comments below.
SO. CALIFORNIA REACTS :: GUNS [<a href="//storify.com/lisabrenner/connecticut-shooting-southern-california-reacts-to" target="_blank">View the story "Connecticut School Shooting: Los Angeles-area Conversations About Guns" on Storify</a>]<h1>Connecticut School Shooting: Los Angeles-area Conversations About Guns</h1><h2>Tragedy At Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary [Ongoing coverage at KPCC.org]</h2><p>Storified by Lisa Brenner &middot; Fri, Dec 14 2012 15:47:47</p><div>MENTAL HEALTH CARE&nbsp;&gt; GUN CONTROL</div><div>Gun control effects law abiding citizens, not criminals. When was the last time a mentally insane criminal cared about a law?Mike Pyro</div><div>Mental health care&gt;Gun Control &quot;@AlyssCampanella: A man in China stabbed 22 children in a school today in a country where guns are illegal&quot;Lauren Elaine</div><div>millions of people drink alcohol but don't drunk-drive. hundreds of thousands have guns but don't murder. shouldn't we look @ mental health?Susie G.</div><div>But when it comes to gun control let's just remember the guns didn't kill those people, it was the crazy person with them.Steven J. Dandurand</div><div>what kind of a nation are we if we don't care for our sick? been saying this as long as I could speak.Yung Santa</div><div>Guns will always be around. I'm more concerned with people with mental health issues. What can be done to make it... http://fb.me/2sxiWXXCIAshley Ballard</div><div>Mental health care over guns for everyone .... seems logical + key to a safe society to me #newtownSharona Baby</div><div>Not more security. More mental health care. More community. More connectedness. More love.Erica Alexander</div><div>Guns don't kill people; people kill people. When will we wake up and realize how mental health care is not only important but essentialArielle Moyal</div><div>Troubled today as the cries about guns drown out the tragedy of a society where mental health treatment is taboo and people become killers.Joey Kennedy</div><div>We shouldn't talk about gun control today? Ok, let's talk mental health services. Maybe we should make that as accessible as, say...guns.Nanika Lee</div><div>Not only do we need to talk about gun control but also about how society deals with mental health.Sylvia G</div><div>PRO GUN CONTROL</div><div>Absolutely right RT @ruth_oneill_la: How many people are going to be killed before America realizes it needs stricter gun laws?? #CTShootingKieran Hannon</div><div>I don't want gun control, I want the banning of all guns. #shootingTeri Szucs</div><div>If you are not a police officer or in the army and you own a gun! Something's wrong with u! #GunControl #SandyHook#schoolshootingJulie Gauthier</div><div>Stopped talking about aurora, we'll stop talking about this. if talk about gun control doesn't start now, it won't later. It has to be now.Emily Faye</div><div>Those kids' families don't need your prayers; they needed you to have banned guns the last 12347612549 times there was a senseless shooting.Ani</div><div>RT-from-#Tumblr: Why does a tragedy like 9/11 change everything about air travel, but numerous gun massacres CHANGE NOTHING?Alex Leavitt</div><div>Waiting for gun fetishists to argue that if alllll those grade school kids had guns we wouldn't have this problem.Andy Cobb</div><div>Let's get rid of guns everywhere and fight our wars with call of duty?????</div><div>ANTI GUN CONTROL</div><div>so you all assume changing gun policies is going to prohibit people from obtaining weapons?Chris Cortez</div><div>I don't particularly feel like debating ghouls who slobber at the chance to exploit a criminal's spree to try to disarm law-abiding citizensKurt Schlichter</div><div>This gun shit is stupid. People have the right to own guns. That shouldn't be revoked or messed withTrinidad Nate</div><div>Terrible, terrible tragedy but guns are not to blame. It's the pyschopath who used the guns is to blame #2ndammendmentdrunk_monkey420</div><div>Fuck it. Give everybody guns.Dees Nuts.</div><div>DON'T POLITICIZE THE SHOOTINGS<br></div><div>How bout instead of splitting into two sides that argue about guns, we unite under this tragedy? Seriously. Fuck politics.Connor Christiansen</div><div>It reflects poorly on our country that when a shooting happens, the first thing people do is politicize. STOP IT! Life trumps politics!Adriana</div><div>Before we politicize the #Newton shootings lets remember the most important thing: Innocent people &amp; children were killed. #PrayForNewtownFrat Boys of Comedy </div><div>There's a time and place people. Don't politicize this. http://fb.me/FjHR8I4Nandrew medina</div><div>People are already trying to make this a gun control political issue! Now is not the time! My gosh there are 27 families who lost a loved 1!Cheryl Juarez</div><div>NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO DISCUSS GUNS?</div><div>Now is not the time to discuss gun control laws. JUST PRAY !!!!! For all those affected &amp; the rest of us in this world. Tmrw isn't promised.Diana R</div><div>Go tell the children and the parents of someone who was killed by guns this week, &quot;Now's not the time.&quot; Let us know how they react.Jose Franco</div><div>GUN-FREE ZONES</div><div>Connecticut elementary school - an example of the deadly left's fantasy of a &quot;gun-free zone.&quot; Coming will be... http://fb.me/2biVxQfTkCJHS</div><div>@strawberryelect this shooting Happened in a Gun free zone . Thats Gun Control In action .eddie flores</div><div>THERE IS NO CLEAR ANSWER</div><div>@wilw gun control will be about as effective as drug control. Mental evaluations can only go so far. It's a tough issue.Wesley J. Baxter</div><div>I'm not a gun advocate. But guns are not the problem. A guy stabbed 22 kids in China today too. Are knives the problem? There's no answer.Seth Hendrix</div><div>NRA</div><div>Fuck the NRA and the cowardly politicians who refuse to do a single goddamn thing about gun violence in America.Wil Wheaton</div><div>The NRA always screams about 2nd Amendment freedoms - what about the Freedoms of the rest of USA citizens from guns??!!??Jerry O'Donnell</div><div>It's time to let common sense, not the self serving NRA determine gun control policy in the US.Chris Coccia</div><div>The NRA has the audacity to tweet promo deals right now.Nina Tarr</div><div>10 Days of NRA Giveaways - Enter today for a chance to win an auto emergency tool! http://tinyurl.com/8ufn35h http://pic.twitter.com/p04kwRE3NRA</div>