3 years after Sandy Hook massacre

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 marks three years to the day of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 marks three years to the day of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

- The 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 children and teachers served as a rallying cry for gun-control advocates across the nation. But in the three years since, many states have moved in the opposite direction, embracing the National Rifle Association's axiom that more "good guys with guns" are needed to deter mass shootings.

A review of state legislation by The Associated Press shows that dozens of new state laws have made it easier to obtain guns and carry them in more public places.

Newtown officials say they will try to make the anniversary as normal a school day as possible.

It's the first time students will be attending school on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed Dec. 14, 2012.

Monday is the first time the anniversary falls on a weekday.

Flags are flying at half-staff across Connecticut.   Houses of worship are holding memorial services, but the town is not planning any events to mark the anniversary. An interfaith community service at a Newtown church Monday evening is expected to include prayers, music and the lighting of candles.

Local groups are offering counseling and support services for residents who might want to use them Monday.

With the Associated Press

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