Despair rushes back for Sandy Hook families after Oregon shooting

CONNECTICUT -- Thursday night at the White House, President Obama lamented that we, as a nation, have become numb to mass shootings. And though he said many gun owners support tougher laws, the prospects seem slim, despite what happened Thursday in Oregon.

For those wanting to see some form of federal gun control legislation passed, it was the shooting they thought would finally get it done.

Newtown, Conn., still looking for answers

December 14, 2012, Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School. 20 first graders, six educations, shot and killed by a deranged gunman armed with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rife and Glock semi-automatic pistol.

Newtown families went to Washington to push for stricter gun control measures. Jillian Soto lost her sister Vicki, a 27-year-old teacher who hid some of her first grade students in a closet during the shootings, and died saving them.

"I will continue to fight, until everything is done because if it is not in Connecticut, its gonna be somewhere else," Jillian Soto said.

Hero teacher gave life to save students
Sandy Hook Elementary first-grade teacher Vicki Soto, 27, who died shielding her students from the gunman. Personal Photo

Since then, the U.S. has seen 142 shooting on school properties in the U.S. -- that's an average of nearly one a week.

Bill Sherlach lost his wife Mary, the school psychologist at Sandy Hook. He looked at Thursday's shooting in Oregon, and the grief and despair rushing back.

"These kids got up this morning and went to school and they are just never coming home," he said.

So Thursday night, Americans are wondering what may come out of another massacre. Shock, horror, sadness? Sure. But chances are, if recent history is any guide, you wont see change on the list.

  • Jim Axelrod

    Jim Axelrod is the senior national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for "CBS This Morning," the "CBS Evening News," "CBS Sunday Morning," and other CBS News broadcasts.