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One year ago today, horror struck Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in such a way that the town, state and nation still struggle to grasp it.

The disturbing legacy of the second-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history is so profound that it cannot hold just one meaning. Nor can it be easily reconciled.

Adam Lanza, a mentally ill 20-year-old recluse obsessed with school shootings, gunned down six adult women, 12 girls and eight boys in 11 minutes.

Before that, he killed his mother. After the rampage, he killed himself.

There was devastation. There was outrage. There was political rancor. There were even conspiracy theories (below). A year later, what has changed?

On this tragic anniversary, and under the shadow of a Colorado school shooting just yesterday, the debate over guns, mental health, healing, and humanity continues.

Whether the U.S. has reformed its gun laws after the Newtown massacre may depend on your point of view. Clearly, America affirms a right to bear arms.

President Barack Obama was unable to persuade Congress, as he vowed in Newtown's aftermath, to take meaningful action regarding gun reform.

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Why Adam Lanza went on his murderous shooting rampage at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school nearly a year ago may never be known.

That was the conclusion of prosecutors Monday, as revealed in a report that closed out their exhaustive investigation into the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School first-graders, six educators, his mother and himself to death on December 14 of last year.

According to the summary report by the lead investigator, State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, there was no indication Lanza would've done this.

Lanza was obsessed with mass murders and the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in particular, but never discussed replicating such massacres.

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Adam Lanza’s mother considered suing Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a new report, due to the intense bullying her son endured there.

Nancy Lanza reportedly believed teachers at the Newtown, Conn., school turned a blind eye to beatings and taunts Adam suffered from his classmates.

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A relative, speaking to the N.Y. Daily News, claimed that mass murderer Lanza was ridiculed and attacked by fellow students at his boyhood alma mater.

“Nancy felt fiercely protective of him,” the relative said. “She was convinced the school wasn’t doing enough to protect Adam. It made her irate.”

She was gunned down by 20-year-old Adam Lanza on December 14, 2012. He then drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 26 people.

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The rare baby Rothschild giraffe born at a Connecticut zoo last month has been given the name Sandy Hope in honor of the Newtown shooting victims.

The cute creature - check out the baby giraffe trying to stand for the first time (below) - arrived at the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in mid-March.

Sandy Hope (Baby Giraffe)

After a public appeal that elicited nearly 7,000 entries, the center chose the name Sandy Hope, a reference to Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

"It's a really meaningful name and that's why we had to attach the middle name 'Hope' with it," Marcella Leone, the center’s founder and director, said.

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Several photos of Adam Lanza, accused Newtown, Conn., school shooter, have emerged, along with information about the troubled youth's past.

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Adam Lanza was spending more time alone in the months leading up to the mass shooting as his mother, Nancy Lanza, encouraged him to be independent.

He suffered from mental disabilities, a joint Hartford Courant/Frontline investigation reports in a new documentary, entitled "Raising Adam Lanza."

The Lanza documentary airs Tuesday night on PBS. In it reporters from the Courant attempt to retrace the steps taken by Nancy and Adam in recent years.

What they found complicates the picture that has occasionally appeared in the media of Nancy as a gun obsessed mother who was in denial about her son.

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Neil Heslin, the father of a six-year old boy who was among the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, testified yesterday before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

With over 1,000 people in attendance, Heslin held a framed photo of himself and his late child and pleaded with lawmakers to improve mental health options and to ban assault weapons.

“I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort," Heslin said. "You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection."

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Conspiracy theories surrounding the Newtown, Conn., shooting reached a new level this week after a viral video exploded online. But is there anything to it?

According to experts, the much-hyped Sandy Hook conspiracy video, entitled The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed, offers little but questions and what-ifs.

The video, posted on YouTube channel ThinkOutsideTheTV nine days ago, primarily uses news clips to expose "inconsistencies" in Sandy Hook coverage.

It has been viewed 8.6 million times and counting.

The video opens with a disclaimer, stating it is not claiming Newtown didn't happen, claiming "This is a simple, logical video" created with "just facts."

The only problem? Its "facts" are hard to come by.

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Gene Rosen, a Connecticut good Samaritan who harbored six survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting, has become a target for "Truthers" accusing him of being a liar and/or actor.

Yet another element of the Sandy Hook conspiracy, if you believe that sort of thing. How it come to be that an innocent bystander - some say hero - is now being harassed for it?

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On the morning of the infamous shooting, the Newtown, Conn., resident was feeding his cats when he discovered four terrified children hiding out in his driveway.

They told Rosen their teacher was dead, and he listened to their chilling account of the tragedy that was still going on at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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It only took a matter of days after Adam Lanza opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School for conspiracy theories to pop up on the Internet.

The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed, a self-produced mini-documentary, has rapidly make the leap from obscurity to viral success. Here it is:

Many Sandy Hook conspiracy theories have popped up since the attack. Most are totally preposterous; all spurred by questioning authority and the media.

Among them: Lanza's father was due to testify in hearings about a banking scandal; Obama orchestrated the shootings to enact gun control laws.

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Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School, many of whom were present on the day of last month's horrific Newtown shooting, gathered this morning on Good Morning America.

With assistance from singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, the 20 children (ages 6-9) sang a cover of "Over the Rainbow," with the track now available on iTunes and all proceeds benefiting the Newtown Youth Academy, a local nonprofit, and the United Way of Western Connecticut.

It's a moving performance in the name of a tremendous cause. Watch now:

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