Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Chris Murphy

Top Connecticut officials react to the mass shooting in Newtown.
5:39 | 12/16/12

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Let me turn now to senator richard blumenthal and also -- senator-elect and congressman chris murphy here with us. Senator blumenthal, you spent last of the 48 hours here. I spent a good part of the last two days in this community and I must, first of all, give me thanks to the governor for his strength and determination but also to the community which has really come together and demonstrated a kind of fiber and faith that is remarkable. I spent time in this community before and always been impressed by the real links and bonds, the people you know and the ambulance and fire department are largely volunteer, so that many of the heroic stories here are about volunteers coming forward and trying to deal with this searing, almost unbearable pain that so many feel knowing the families, knowing the victims and, of course, as a parent myself, four children, I can really have some sense of what they are going through. And, congressman, this is in your district. You've been representing it for many years and I've seen this in the last couple of days. This is a community that is tightly tied together talking to monsignor weiss. He had baptized many of t children in that town. You want to talk about newtown. Labor day parade that's the pride of this community that runs through main street every year, and every single school and community group plans the entire year to be part of that celebration of america. It's a small town, a very tightly-knit town, a town that grieves probably a little deeper because of this incident, because of everyone that was taken was within a few square miles of each other. It will be more difficult but a town that can be rebuild because its faith is so strong and because its ties to each other are so strong. There have been miracles that happened every day since the tragedy hit and points the way towards the way because of newtown because of its close-knit structure can heal. The schools here will be closed tomorrow. What is the step-by-step process going forward after that? Well, I think that's going to be a consultation with the first select womhe board of education. I think it's important for students and for faculty to be able to process this together, and so I think there is a need for this community to get back to some semblance of a schedule. But each individual faculty member and each individual student, families will take their own time so I think we are still 48 hours out from this incident trying to figure out how to think about it, never mind the step-by-step process of grieving and reconstructing the community. It will take a while. Senator, I know that you as we move on want to begin a conversation in the senate about how the country can come together to address this violence. You know, I come to this issue with a background of almost 30 years in law enforcement, both criminal -- attorney general. -- And civil, as a united states attorney and chief federal prosecutor and 20 years as attorney general, and I'm hearing from the community, as well as my colleagues in law enforcement, we need to do something, and I'm hearing from my colleagues in the senate around the country, some in states like wisconsin and colorado where there have been similar horrific, horrible tragedies, maybe not involving children with this kind of incomprehensible kind of circumstance, but we need to do something at the very least perhaps about the high capacity magazines that were used in this crime but, of course, the investigation here is continuing, and we'll learn more, and out of respect to the this point I'm not going to be more specific about that conversation, but certainly this horrible episode and incident and crime by this deranged person possessed by demons, as you have put it, will spur and i think transform the national conversation and I intend to talk about it on the floor of the united states senate perhaps as early as this week. Congressman, do you think this can be a tipping point? Well, I think the tipping point should have happened a long time ago, frankly, and as i think eager as people are going to be to find some simple solution from a policy standpoint, we have to acknowledge there is no simple solution and, yes, there has to be a conversation about gun control but the way we treat mental illness and the culture of violence in this country that may have contributed to the way in which this disturbed man thought. This is going to be a very complicated process of asking why. We also have to admit it's going to be a very complicated process of hearing what to do from here. We need to talk about it. The time for saying we can't talk abouts of this tragedy is not over. Well, we'll grieve and make sure the families have everything they need, we're going to be on the floor of the senate to talk about what's to go on from here. We're all grieving with you today. Thank you. When we come back, more coverage of the tragedy at sandy hook. How can we make our schools more secure, keep our kids safe? Back with more of this special edition of "this week."

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