As more details emerge about the victims in the tragic spree shooting in Colorado at the midnight showing of the new Batman movie, one of the first questions that came to mind was why there would've been a 6 year old victim at all? Why was she at a midnight screening of a PG-13 movie in the first place? (There was also a 3 month old baby there with his parents.)
Was that about trying to save babysitting costs? Or, in the absence of an available babysitter entirely, a compulsive need by the parents to see this violent, dark PG-13 action movie at its very first screening at midnight, no matter what?
THIS article from NBC News exhorts us not to judge these parents. They're not to blame, it states. I agree they're not to blame for this horrific tragedy. But I don't agree they shouldn't come in for some richly deserved criticism.