Like many of you, I have been glued to news coverage of the Newtown shooting. While watching the memorial last night and reading news today, I was struck by a curious omission: Nancy Lanza’s murder does not “count”.
|Nancy Lanza's death does not "count" in the public eye.|
When the President, journalists, and others talk about the tragedy in Newtown, they talk about 26 victims. Last night on CNN, Anderson Cooper had a special segment dedicated to remembering the “26 lives lost” in Newtown, CT. The President made several references to the 26 victims in his moving speech to a small auditorium in Newtown. An LA Times article reports that firefighters have erected 26 Christmas trees honoring the fallen in Newtown.
Nancy Lanza is the 27th victim. Why is her story omitted from memorials? Why is her death and story not worth mentioning when we memorialize the victims of this tragedy?
Is it because she’s the mother of the assailant? Is it because she bought her son the guns that were eventually used in the spree shooting? Is it because some of us secretly believe that she was “responsible” for her son’s heinous crime?
Nancy Lanza was tragically shot in the head four times. News are reporting today that she was worried about her son and was a great mother. Some of her friends have balked at the idea that she was a “survivalist,” and claim that this is the news media spinning her into a caricature that helps us make sense of this tragedy.
I won’t pretend to know the inner-workings of her life, or her relationship to her son, but I find it strange and troubling that her death doesn’t seem to count.