Newtown School Shooting

Updates on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder coming to Newtown


Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Newtown on Thursday to meet law enforcement officials and investigators who are examining the school massacre there, a Justice Department official told Reuters this morning.

Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement official, will go after his scheduled meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and other cabinet officials about measures to reduce gun violence, the official said.

Federal law enforcement officials have been assisting local and state investigators to try to determine why and how the shooter killed 20 children and six adults on Friday.

In Newtown, Holder will meet with first responders and law enforcement officials.

The official requested anonymity because Holder’s visit to Newtown is not a public trip. He will not be doing any public events during the visit.

Gunman Adam Lanza burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Friday, killing 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.

Biden convened the first meeting of his working group to explore solutions following the Newtown shooting.

Biden met with Thomas Nee, President of the National Association of Police Organizations, and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, President of Police Executive Research Forum and Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Education Secretary Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius also attended, as well as other law enforcement representatives and senior White House officials.

Biden acknowledged that he has long working relationships with many leaders in the law enforcement community, many of whom worked with him to help write the 1994 crime bill. Biden said many of them helped come up with ideas about community policing, among other initiatives. “I’ve worked with some of you for a long, long time,” he said.

Biden said, “We have to have a comprehensive way in which to respond to the mass murder of our children that we saw in Connecticut.”

Biden added, “The president is absolutely committed to keeping his promise that we will act and we will act in a way that is designed – even if as he says we can only save one life — we have to take action.”

Biden said that “there’s some things we can immediately do, and we’re going to need your help.” He said he sees “no reason” why the assault weapons ban can’t pass the Congress. “Quite frankly, you guys helped me write it,” he said. (Check transcript for this full quote; audio in this portion is hard to hear clearly.)

“We’ve worked on everything from cop-killer bullets to type of weapons that should be off the street,” Biden added. “That’s what I want to talk to you about today, I want to hear your views, because for anything to get done we’re going to need your advocacy.”

Categories: General
Jim Shay

5 Responses

  1. MrComments says:

    To the comments above, it has already been established that Eric Holder has nothing whatsoever to do with Fast and Furious. Nothing. Operation Gun Runner was started under the Bush Admin in “reality”, but that does not make them “guilty” either. It was an ATF OP under Operation Gun Runner. ATF are the ones who messed up. In fact, Darrel Issa new about Fast and Furious before Eric Holder. There are documents indicating this. But again, that does not make Darrel Issa complicit either.

    Reality is such a concept. Try it.

  2. u wish says:

    another joker!!

  3. John V says:

    Seriously? It’s disrespectful for the mourning families to have Holder show up. What is he going to do – find a bunch of criminals and arm them with automatic weapons like he did in the Fast & Furious scandal?

    Have some respect for the families!

  4. Stagger Lee says:

    Nice. The guy who let firearms go into Mexico and subsequently used to murder a federal agent will grace this tragedy with his presence.

  5. Ray says:

    Stay home hypocrite!!! You are a disgrace as attorney general. As the main suspect of fast and furious, you of all people should not be coming to Newtown to talk about gun control