Celebrating Christmas with a bang: Americans pose happily by the tree with guns they were given as gifts despite wake of deadly shootingsNumerous Americans take to social networking sites to display the guns they received as Christmas presents The AR-15 was used in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora Colorado, shootings as well as the deadly Christmas Eve ambush on Webster, New York, firefighters | UPDATED: 15:09 GMT, 26 December 2012 Santa Claus came to town – and he was packing heat – as numerous Americans were seen on social networks posing in front of their Christmas trees with the same assault rifle used by the gunmen in three recent bloody killings. Grinning from ear-to-ear, those who received AR-15 assault rifles took to sites like Twitter and Instagram, posting photos of themselves with their brand new toys. One Twitter user posted: 'I got just what I wanted.
Changing face of a killer: How gunman went from fresh-faced schoolboy to home-schooled loner who liked to burn himself with a lighterThe shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was painfully shy and awkwardMother Nancy Lanza believed he'd begun to burn himself so he could 'feel something'Peers remember him as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to classGrew up around guns with his mother's guidance on how to shoot Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder Gunman killed his mother at home they shared in Newtown, then stole her guns and carried out massacreReporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife | UPDATED: 10:34 GMT, 17 December 2012 After perpetrating one of the worst mass shootings in American history Adam Lanza has become a household name, but details on the man behind the monstrous act remain maddeningly scarce. But from what we now know about Lanza from former classmates and those few who spoke with the deeply disturbed young man alternately described as shy, intelligent, and a masochist, it seems Lanza went from meek fresh-faced schoolboy to a home-schooled loner who hurt himself so that he could 'feel something.' At his most innocent, Lanza is described as a mild-mannered student in high school, making the honor roll, and living with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who in turn loved playing dice games and decorating their upscale home for the holidays. Innocent once: Gunman Adam Lanza was just another fresh-faced student once, described by peers as shy but intelligent Killer: Adam Lanza would sometimes burn himself as if he was trying to find a way to feel, his mother said Weird: Students said Lanza while quiet was developing into a kid who hung out with the 'freaks' Nancy Lanza's home in Newtown, Connecticut, where she was found shot dead from a gunshot wound to the face He also suffered from Asperger's syndrome and was painfully shy and awkward, former classmates said.
Obama's tears won't stop the slaughter | UPDATED: 22:40 GMT, 16 December 2012 The latest firearm atrocity in America — 20 small children and six adults shot to death by a suicidal 20-year-old ‘loner’, Adam Lanza — is attended by the usual hand-wringing debate about gun control. Those who seek new restraints — particularly on automatic, rapid-firing weapons — say: ‘If not now, when’ But those against gun control quote the 2nd Amendment of the U.S.