Federal Grant Gives New Canaan Relief For Sandy Hook Shooting Costs

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Some Fairfield County towns will receive relief from a federal grant for the Newtown school shooting.
Some Fairfield County towns will receive relief from a federal grant for the Newtown school shooting. Photo Credit: File Photo

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – A federal grant for $2.5 million has been allocated for Connecticut law enforcement to cover costs related to the Sandy Hook school shooting, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

The funding will compensate the Connecticut State Police, the Newtown Police Department and their partner agencies that provided assistance in response to the December shootings, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The grant – administered by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance – is to compensate the agencies and jurisdictions for costs related to overtime, forensics and security during and in the aftermath of the crime.

“Providing support to the law enforcement agencies that responded to the horrific scene that awaited them at Sandy Hook Elementary School is one small action we can take to bring healing to a community that’s been devastated,” Holder said in a statement. “Just over eight months after this senseless tragedy, those who lost their lives, and those who continue to grieve, remain in our thoughts and prayers.”

Funding has been scheduled for distribution as follows:

  • Connecticut State Police – $663,444
  • Town of Newtown – $602,293
  • Town of Monroe – $882,812
  • Partner Agencies – $296,836

The following Connecticut jurisdictions were named as partner agencies: Avon, Bethel, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Clinton, Coventry, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Groton, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, New Canaan, New Milford, Norwalk, Orange, Plainville, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Southington, Stratford, Trumbull, Waterbury, Watertown, Wilton, Weston and Wolcott.

“This critical funding will compensate the Connecticut State Police and Newtown Police Department for their tireless work investigating this crime, as well as more than two dozen police departments from across the state whose officers responded to Newtown within minutes of this horrific act and, for months, helped to provide security and comfort to a courageous community,” Acting U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly said in a statement.

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Lots of good facts here calling out the right wingers as liars.

Fast & Furious never happened???!!!

Tell that to the family of the dead agent out doing his job (not the Benghazi victims ...save them for later!)


BTW...you cant buy the pictured weapon in CT since the knee jerking pols pushed another useless nonsense control law.

That's correct it never happened the way the far right wing portrayed that it did. You may want to read some of the excellent info in this comment section thst proves this. Also its horrible how the right wingers lied about these deaths for an attempt at political gain. Thankfully the educated Americans as in the non right wing dont believe a word the right wingers say.

Here we go again, Obama playing Santa Claus with other people's money. Sweet.

How Issa’s Committee Lied About Fast & Furious To Lead to Holder Farce

It’s great fun watching the right-wing broadcasters, Websites, bloggers, et al, try to debunk the debunker in the embarrassing revelations contained in the Fortune magazine investigative story by reporter Katherine Eban that concluded that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. That charge is at the core of the Contempt of a Congress citation against Attorney General, Eric Holder. Didn’t happen! Nonetheless, congress voted to hold Holder in such contempt. All republicans supported the action and even a number of spineless democrats.

The enterprising Ms. Eban researched the story for 6 months. She’s the classic ‘have laptop will travel’ enterprise reporter with an interest in just about everything. Ms. Eban (Katherine Eban Finkelstein when she was a Metro Reporter for the NY Times) has contributed her literary skills to dozens of different magazines including liberal favorites, The Nation and Vanity Fair. She wrote a book back in 2005 entitled Dangerous Doses, all about counterfeiters contaminating America’s drug supply. You can buy it new online for a couple of bucks, used for less than one buck.

Fortune is owned by Time Inc. Time owns 21 titles as diverse as Southern Living and Health. Their most recognized titles would be Time magazine, Fortune and a simplistic piece of mind candy called ‘People’. They can take the hit; the advertiser hit that’s sure to befall them after daring to publish a truth that makes republicans look bad

The Obama Scandals Are Desperate Measures by the GOP

Republicans lack any coherent program other than cutting taxes for the wealthy. That’s why they’re going after Obama now, says Robert Shrum

I've written that in the end, congressional Republicans won't agree to move forward on the budget, tax reform, immigration, job creation, or any other issues that matter to mainstream America before the presidential elections. But the fall of 2016 is a long time away, and they have to do something in the meantime. Now we know what it is.
Boehner Budget
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, right, and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), meet with reporters on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

It's not much different from what they've done, or haven't done, all along: obstruct Obama. Traduce him, delegitimize him—and slow economic recovery in hopes that voters will cast a protest vote for the GOP. It worked in 2010, and failed miserably in 2012.

Conservatives are back at it again because the GOP lacks any coherent program other than cutting taxes for the wealthy. Republicans are deeply divided—between the government-hating Tea Party Torquemadas and an establishment that dreads primary defeat, or in John Boehner's case, defenestration as speaker; between the isolationists like Rand Paul and the neo-cons and John McCain.

The animating principle of today's GOP is relentless animus toward the president.

The hard-core base simply rejects his reelection; 49 percent in a Public Policy Poll claim the White House was stolen for Obama last November by groups such as Acorn, Republican-demonized grassroots organization that had disbanded two years earlier. For many on the right, racism is the root of an otherwise inexplicable resistance to the first African-American in the White House. A shrinking rump of older, rural, white America simply can't abide the country they assumed they would always rule now being in the hands of the "other."

Of course Eric Holder wants votes, this may make him look good to many mothers out there.

A House panel voted to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to cooperate with a congressional inquiry into Operation “Fast and Furious,” hours after President Obama asserted executive privilege over related documents.

On a party-line decision, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 23 to 17 to hold Holder in contempt for failing to share documents related to the operation run out of the Phoenix division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives between 2009 and 2011, with the backing of the U.S. attorney in Phoenix.

I am fairly certain hundreds were killed with these guns. Not a WORD from the liberals about this. Why not???

The NRA and GOP's Fast and Furious Lies
With days–perhaps hours–to go before President Obama announces recommendations from Vice President Biden’s gun violence task force, battles lines have already been drawn.

Most dramatically, with the heartrending burials of 20 innocent first-graders and six of their heroic educators as a backdrop, NRA top lobbyist Wayne LaPierre issued a belligerent and self-pitying demand for yet more weaponry, and the posting of armed guards at every school in America. But as the nation debates Obama’s proposals—and LaPierre’s—it will be important to reexamine the NRA’s greatest PR victory of the last few years: the greatly overworked, shamefully distorted Fast and Furious scandal.

As Fortune reporter Katherine Eban revealed in an outstanding investigation published last summer, much of what Republicans have claimed about the scandal—including the headline-grabbing assertion that the US government intentionally provided guns to Mexican drug cartels—is false. The real story is of an agency sabotaged by the same pro-gun mania which led to the Newtown tragedy.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) opened up the Fast and Furious case to monitor American teenagers, who had been tapped by Mexican drug cartels to help arm the war in Mexico by becoming straw purchasers or front buyers. Our laws permit a teenager with no prior criminal record to pay cash and buy an unlimited number of military assault rifles. Their favorites included AR-15 variants like the Bushmaster .223 rifle used by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Were Lanza in Arizona, he could have walked into nearly any federally licensed firearms dealer, plunked down $10,000 in cash, and left with 20 AK-47s in his hands—as do so many straw purchasers.

How about the cost of murders in the ghettos of Chicago (Obama's hometown), about 50 gun-related murders every single month?

Gun control: What can America learn from Britain

US President Barack Obama could reveal his plans to cut gun violence later today, as New York becomes the first state to pass tough new laws on firearms.

Calls for tighter gun controls have been mounting in response to last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where gunman Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children and six adults.

But America’s powerful pro-gun lobby says it will resist attempts to undermine what it says is the constitutional right to bear arms.

Talk-show host Piers Morgan is leading calls for a ban on semi-automatic weapons, which were used in the Newtown massacre and in many other recent mass shootings.

Is Piers right?

Love him or hate him, the former Mirror editor is at the centre of much of the debate about gun control at the moment.

Piers has been fact-checked to death by various US news sources over his repeated claims that there were 11,000 gun murders in America last year and only 35 in Britain.

But he could be right about shootings in America, depending on which set of statistics you prefer to use.

There were 11,078 firearms homicides in 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FBI puts the figure for that year much lower at 8,874 – a number which has been seized on by Piers’s critics – but the bureau’s records depend on voluntary contributions and may not be as comprehensive.

As far as the “35 gun murders in Britain” line goes, Piers has got this wrong. The Home Office recorded 60 shooting homicides in England and Wales in 2010/11. The average is 62 a year over the last 15 years.

Allow for population difference and we get a gun murder rate of about 0.1 per 100,000 people in England and Wales.

In America the rate is about 3.6 per 100,000 or about 2.9 per 100,000 if you prefer to use the FBI figures. The gun murder rate is 33 or 27 times higher in America, depending on where you get your data.

So Piers has made an error, but it doesn’t destroy the thrust of his argument.

And every Liberal thinks this is SUCCESS! That's the Hilarious part.

Take guns away from good people, and let the bad people stay armed.

Why do some people think this is a good idea?

Bloomberg says NRA deserves blame for Newtown shooting

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the National Rife Association (NRA) deserves some of the blame for last week's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

"We're not trying to take away your right to advance the interests of gun owners, hunters, people who want to protect themselves," Bloomberg told ABC News in an interview set to air Friday. "But that's not an absolute right to encourage behavior which causes things like Connecticut. In fact, Connecticut is because of some of their actions."

The pro-gun lobby was silent in the aftermath of the shooting, disabling a Facebook page run by the organization and refusing to reply to press inquiries. On Tuesday, the group issued a statement saying they were "shocked, saddened, and heartbroken" by the shooting and "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again

I agree with Ken.
Why is the federal government involved at all? if not to spill out tax money to buy some votes!

Are you drinking the kook atd again

For a great read on this subject check out Topix of Norwalk

Anything Eric Holder has his hands in, must be sneaky. Maybe he is trying to make up for fast and furious?

Please try and stay on topic for a change. This article is NOT about Eric Holder and the scandals the Republicans fabricated.

Trying reading the second paragraph instead of trolling.

Do you need me to quote the article, or is that another "lie"? LMAO!

No where in this article are the scandals the right wing fabricated mentioned.. Are you high again?

eric holder = fast and furious

For a person that worships the democratic party, you know nothing about them.

The funny thing is that you support eric holder giving away guns to drug cartels that are used to kill Americans. But you also support Eric Holder taking away guns from Americans.

Liberalism is a disease...

National Review flays Fast and Furious 'conspiracy theory'
One of the best-known media outlets for the conservative cause, National Review, is dismissing a popular theory on the right that the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning probe was part of a deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to advance gun control by sending weapons to Mexican drug gangs.

The scenario sounds improbable, but in a column earlier this week National Review's Robert VanBruggen took House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to task for fueling such suspicions.

"Some Fast and Furious critics have [been] concocting a conspiracy theory: specifically, that the Obama administration allowed the guns to go to Mexico deliberately in order to increase gun crime there, so it could cite that crime as a reason for more gun control here. And unfortunately, Fast and Furious’s lead critic, House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, has joined them," VanBruggen wrote.

Fast and furious never happened.. It was all made up by the sicko right wing extremists.. Anyone with a 3rd grade education would know that.

Thats silly Paige. What cost? We didnt hire new cops for this, every single one would have gotten paid anyway, this is just more liberal waste. Tireless work? One killer dead on the scene, 26 victims dead on the scene & one in her bed. It was solved almost before it ended.
Anyway if we want to blame somebody for the costs involved look in the mirror if you voted for a Democrat. As tragic as this was it didnt need to cost much at all. It hapenned & was over in minutes. The expense involved was caused by an investigation that WE will never see the results of, monetarilly anyway. We'll never see the results because the investigations results dont support the theory that ANY of the new laws would have mattered. The political result is an erosion of our rights never seen before in this state and whats going to cost untold billions if its not overturned. The democratic party is bankrupting us as fast as they can.
Blame Republicans? LMAO they are about as strong in CT as soggy TP. Our situation in every regard, good (if there is any) or bad is the result of Democratic policy in CT. THATS a FACT.


Please go back and look closely at the poster's name. It wasn't me.

Your thoughts are clearly of someone with mental health issues.

The cost of this should be charged to the NRA and the republican party.