After the reality of the horror set in about the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting in the wee hours of the morning, people around the Internet are questioning why parents and caretakers would bring children younger than 13 to a movie that was clearly not appropriate for them.
On Twitter and Facebook, users were quite vocal in their outrage concerning the shooting. They were just as outraged at parents bringing their children to a midnight screening of a violent movie not meant for children. The youngest shooting victim was a three-month-old infant. Thankfully, the infant's injuries were not lethal and the child was released from Children's Hospital earlier.
Some of the sentiments were quite harsh, asking "what kind of idiot takes a three month old baby to a midnight viewing of a movie rated PG-13?" On Twitter, another user wrote: "...Who brings kids to a dark and violent movie like that?"
One of the fatalities was a young girl, who was carried out of the theater, covered in blood. Another victim was a 6-year-old boy. Six victims were transported to Children's hospital, where two of them died, but police won't say if they were children or adults.
Hindsight is always 20/20, for sure, but common sense should also dictate that a midnight premiere of a violent movie is not the place to bring young children, much less an infant. Even though it's easy to blame the parents for making a life-changing decision, they are not responsible for the deaths or injuries of their children. James Eagan Holmes, the theater shooter, is.
He is the one who kicked in the emergency exit in the back of theater 9. He is the one who stocked up with canisters of tear gas and threw them into the crowded theater. He is the one who used three deadly weapons, one of them possibly an AK-47, to kill people, some of whom were shot at point-blank range.
A total of 12 people are dead thus far, and about 59 injuries are reported due to Holmes' attack. Several of these victims remain in critical condition. As of this writing, the victims who died at the theater shooting remain there as forensics experts and police investigate.
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