Missing From Newtown Memorials: Nancy Lanza
'26 acts of kindness' campaign just one example
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 20, 2012 8:39 AM CST
A Newtown resident holds roses as he visits a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Twenty-seven people were murdered in the Newtown shootings, but the number cited—in memorials, in the media, and by the president—is often just 26. Nancy Lanza is often left out of the victim count amid the anger, the Washington Post reports. "Why would a woman who had a son like this, who clearly had serious issues, keep assault rifles in the house and teach him how to shoot them?" a local parent asks. "To deal with that, there’s a feeling here that we’re just going to focus on the 26 innocent people who died at the school."

Thus, outside the school, there are just 26 Christmas trees memorializing the victims; a UConn basketball pre-game ceremony Monday featured just 26 candles; President Obama named just 26 people in his speech at a service. Some who knew Lanza are frustrated by the trend: One local, viewing the speech at Lanza's favorite bar, murmured, "Seven," when Obama mentioned six adult victims. Meanwhile, Ann Curry has called on well-wishers to honor the victims by performing 26, not 27, acts of kindness. The idea was her response to her own question: "What can I do?" Now, "26acts" has been trending on Twitter and a Facebook page has garnered more than 26,000 "likes," the AP reports. What people have done so far, via BuzzFeed:

  • Left a quarter in the slot of a candy machine.
  • "Let my 4-year-old pick a car to leave flowers on at Walgreens."
  • Bought coffee for a security guard.
  • Gave a 100% tip.
  • Donated toys to hospitals and elsewhere.
  • Bought a custodian new shoes.

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gmcft
Dec 21, 2012 7:09 PM CST
You can leave a message at the email below about gun violence. http://www.whitehouse.gov/share-your-thoughts-reducing-gun-violence Below is the message I sent - you may want to do the same. The Democratically controlled Senate was "all over" John McCain's eligibility to be a Presidential candidate. So much so, that they enacted the 2008 Senate Resolution 511 to confirm that McCain indeed was a Natural Born Citizen and therefore eligible to be a Presidential candidate. What is astounding that you, Mr. President, do not meet the requirements set forth in this Resolution. I respect the Office of the Presidency, but I do not respect you because you are occupying the White House illegally. You have knowingly committed the most serious and gravest crime against the US Constitution and the American people. We know you did not do this alone and the complicity to this crime from the other politicians and the silence from other politicians bear proof of the absolute corruption throughout government. We know that your political ideology is Marxism and that you were a member of The New Party (Communist) in the 1990s. We know that your religious ideology is a mixture of Islam and the Black Value Theology - taught by Jeremiah Wright (former Muslim). These ideologies share some common traits. They hate America, Israel, Christians and Jews. In addition the BVT hates white people. This is your character that you have embraced since at least the beginning of your college years. The damage you have done in fours years is astounding and another four years of you illegally occupying the WH will be a crushing blow to the American people and economy. I also know that you, Mr. President, will never see my comments. I am asking that who ever reads this will do "honest" and "objective" reading and research regarding Barack Obama's eligibility to be President. If you are a public servant, it is your sworn duty to do this and report your findings to Congress and the American people. No official vetting of Obama’s credentials has been done – not by the 50 secretaries of state who oversee elections, not by the Federal Elections Commission that administers the nation’s elections laws, not by the Electoral College, not by any judge in America, not by Congress, not by anyone. A congressional document (April 3, 2009 CRS memorandum) confirms no one – not Congress, not the states and not election officials – bothered to check Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, and that status remains undocumented to this day. God Bless America
Scott603
Dec 20, 2012 10:15 PM CST
Maybe Nancy Lanza is kind of like the tens of thousands of Iraqi children that died in W's war in Iraq. Just not important?
Rational.-Anarchist
Dec 20, 2012 8:57 PM CST
Something I cant quite understand .The initial report said he had two pistols, and that the rifle was in the trunk of his car. Now everyone is claiming all the shooting was done with an "assault rifle." And what happened to the two that were running from the scene, were stopped by police, then RELEASED, after a massacre? WTF?