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Disturbed Singer Criticizes Parents Who Take Children to Late-Night Movies

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When alleged gunman James Holmes opened fire early Friday morning (July 20) in a crowded, Aurora, Colo., movie theater, the victims weren’t all just adults and teens. Very young children were in the theater, including six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan who died in the massacre.

Patrons were watching The Dark Knight Rises, rated PG-13.

When stories of young children narrowly escaping death began to emerge in first media reports, Disturbed singer David Draiman took to Twitter to express his outrage at parents taking such young kids to late-night movies.

Draiman, via Twitlonger, stated “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. Maybe we should take infants to nightclubs and restaurants in the late hours of the night as well? Honestly, fuck off. This is why only certain people should be allowed the gift of a child. Too many simply aren’t ready for the responsibility.”

Faced with criticisms of his Tweet, Draiman urged the angered followers to just “un-follow him.”

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Veronica Moser-Sullivan and 11 other people were killed in the massacre and 58 other people were injured. Some of those injured remain in critical condition at this hour.

James Eagan Holmes will be arraigned Monday, July 23, at 8:30 a.m. MST at the Arapahoe County Courthouse. Holmes is currently being held at the Arapahoe Detention Center. He faces at least 70 charges, one for each person shot.

The Huffington Post is compiling a list of organizations that are raising money for the shooting victims and their families.

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