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Disturbed frontman David Draiman took to Twitter over the weekend to offer his views on the fact that two young children were among the victims when a gunman opened fire on the audience at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises last Friday morning (July 20th) in Aurora, Colorado. Draiman wrote online, "All you parents out there that think it's OK to take your infants out on the town with you, to a movie theater or otherwise, do the world a favor. Give your children up for adoption to parents who know what it is to be a responsible parent, and sacrifice on behalf of their children. Get a damn babysitter."
The singer added, "Maybe we should take infants to nightclubs and restaurants in the late hours of the night as well? . . . This is why only certain people should be allowed the gift of a child. Too many simply aren't ready for the responsibility."
It was later revealed that six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan was among the 12 people killed by alleged gunman James Holmes, while a three-month-old infant was wounded.
Draiman later clarified his remarks, writing, "I have nothing but the deepest condolences for the families of the Denver Batman massacre . . . However, separate from the catastrophic event is the notion that somehow it is alright to take a three-month old infant (not a six-year-old child, although that is still questionable) to a showing of any movie is preposterous."
He continued, "Forget the fact that a three-month-old should be safe in bed at midnight, forget the fact their fragile immune systems shouldn't be subjected to the bacterial petri dish that is a movie theatre. The primary issue is the effect that movie theatre sound often at dangerous levels of (decibels) can do permanent damage to a three-month-old infant's still-developing hearing."
Draiman finished, "It is and will remain my opinion that those who would subject a three-month-old child to it are not only irresponsible, s***ty parents, but they should also be charged with child endangerment."
In addition to the dozen killed, another 58 were injured when the suspect began spraying the theatre with bullets just 20 minutes into the new Batman film.