"He was equipped to go to war, kill innocent people." — Webster, N.Y., Police Chief Gerald Pickering speaking about an ex-convict who killed two firefighters with a military-style .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber weapon used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
"Today is the day we begin everything all over again ... We know Christmas in a way we never ever thought we would know it. We need a little Christmas and we've been given it." — Rev. Robert Weiss speaking at a service in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 27 people before shooting himself.
"A lot of the Christmas spirit was left behind way back in Black Friday weekend. We had one reason after another for consumers to say, 'I'm going to stick to my list and not go beyond it.'" — Marshal Cohen, chief research analyst at the market research firm NPD Inc.