An attempt to honor the victims of last week's school shooting in Newtown, CT, has stirred a debate about whether the gunman and his mother should also be remembered.
To honor the memory of the 26 victims who lost their lives in the shootings, Governor Lincoln Chafee yesterday called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 am this morning and has asked that buildings, which have the ability, ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor the victims.
The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island recommends churches ring the bells 28 times, which would include a ring each for the shooter, Adam Lanza, and his mother, Nancy.
According to police, Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother in their home before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killing 26 people, including 20 children.
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"We think praying for all souls best reflects Christ’s message of forgiveness and love for all, and that we should especially pray for those souls who may need our prayers the most," said Ruth Meteer, Communications Director for the Diocese.
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Patch reader Lisa De Chambeau said a ring should be included for his mother.
"Absolutely" she was a victim as well, said Chambeau on the Middletown Patch Facebook page. "We need to remember that when it comes to mental illness and sociopathic behaviors, it's not something the parents could have fixed or prevented if only they had been better parents."
Rich McDermott disagreed.
"No, the bells shouldn't ring for the mother," he wrote on Facebook. "It's because of her lack of attention to her son's mental illness, as well as owning these guns, that she's dead."
What do you think? Should bells ring 26, 27 or 28 times?