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In commenting on the latter case, a neighbor, Debi Coto, said, “I’m sad for the children involved and their families, but I’m angry with whoever owns that gun and allowed a little child to get hold of it. A 4-year-old can’t load a gun. ” But in another case, involving a five-year-old boy in Kentucky who pointed a loaded rifle at his two-year-old sister and fired, the gun had been made for children and bought for their use with adult supervision. But no adults were present when the accident occurred.

Polls have consistently shown that far more Republicans than Democrats favor arming the populace. For example, in an April 2–3, 2013, poll by the Huffington Post, 62 percent of Republicans favored arming teachers and other school officials, whereas only 15 percent of Democrats did. Independents were slightly more likely to support the idea of arming teachers and administrators (44 percent were in favor, 32 percent opposed), and men were slightly more likely than women to support the idea (45 percent to 31 percent).

When some of them bolted for the door, he shot at them, too. Most did not survive, and when the teacher tried to put herself between Lanza and some of his targets, he shot and killed her as well. However, at one point his gun either jammed or needed to be reloaded, and in these moments a few children managed to escape. The children in the closet were spared as well, apparently because Lanza did not realize they were there. Two teacher’s aides were also shot and killed while trying to shield children.

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