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Am I Wrong to Question Parenting After the Theater Shooting in Colorado?

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I think we can all agree that the shooting that occurred early this morning at a midnight premier of  ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in Aurora, Colorado is a horrific tragedy.

The 24-year-old gunman has been identified as James Holmes and police are questioning him and still investigating. There is absolutely NO DOUBT that what Holmes is alleged to have done is wrong.

Questions will now be asked, by myself and others, as to “why” Holmes did this, “how” could we have missed the signs, along with countless others.

I came up another question also when there were reports that a 4-month-old had been in the theater and was wounded (and has since been released from the hospital). Why were children in a midnight screening of a dark and violent movie in the first place?

I am not a parent, so maybe it’s wrong for me to ask this, but I wouldn’t take a 4-month-old, let alone a 6-year-old to a PG-13 movie that is known to be dark and violent at midnight. These special screenings sell out weeks in advance. In my opinion, parents should have had the time to figure something out like getting a baby-sitter or getting a grandparent or another loved one to watch the child.

Someone argued with me earlier that the parents couldn’t afford a babysitter, so that’s why they brought their kids to the theater. Didn’t these people have to pay for a child’s ticket? And if you can’t afford a sitter, then why get the tickets in the first place?

Someone also argued I should just be concentrating on the gunman as the story. But what about the victims? Should I ignore them? Or what about the heroes? I am sure there will be reports on people who shielded others, helped them after they were injured, or helped others to safety. Should I ignore that part of the story?

The gunman is absolutely to blame for this tragedy that we are all talking about. I don’t feel like I am blaming the victim, but people say I am. Am I wrong to simply want to know why there were children in a movie theater late at night where a senseless, horrific incident occurred?

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