Are Jared Loughner's Parents to Blame for His Actions?

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A note from a 10-year-old boy lies in the memorial for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside her Tucson, Arizona, office. Credit: Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times/MCT

A columnist in the Philadelphia Daily News asks the following: "At the risk of sounding harsh, how could the parents of accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner have missed so many signs that their son was a major safety threat?"

Loughner's parents released a statement and "they sound as perplexed as the rest of us," according to Newser.

Anyone with a child knows that we can't know exactly why they do what they do. Then again, we're not talking about staying out past curfew here. Shouldn't Loughner's parents have had some idea of what he was capable of?

As far as I know, this isn't a legal question. Loughner is an adult, and news coverage of his pending trial has focused on whether or not he will try and use an insanity defense in order to avoid the death penalty. Still, asking whether Loughner's parents are to be blamed at all for what happened is not a completely unfair question (although it is more than a bit harsh).

So what do you think? Should Jared Loughner's parents share any of the blame for his actions?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.