The Los Angeles City Council adjourned its Friday meeting with a moment of silence for the victims of today's mass slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The meeting had been mostly devoted to congratulations for Councilman Tony Cardenas, who leaves to take a seat in Congress in January. From City News Service:
Cardenas mentioned the shooting during his final speech before the council. "I am going to Congress. This is my problem. This is my issue. This should never happen in this great country," he yelled. "And yes, in this democracy, we can do something about it."
"And yes, there are powerful interests who say the way to do something about it will get you unelected, de-elected," Cardenas added. "Bring it. Bring it."
The current death toll stands at 28, 20 of them children aged five to ten.
The New York Times reports that "law enforcement officials said the weapons used by the gunman were a Sig Sauer and a Glock, both handguns. The police also found a Bushmaster .223 M4 carbine at the scene that they believe belonged to the gunman."