After it was revealed that last week's tragic shooting in an Aurora, CO movie theater left a six-year-old little girl dead and a three-month-old infant injured, it was open fire on the parents. People publicly questioned why children so young would be brought to a midnight screening of a violent, PG-13 movie, with many implying that mothers and fathers who would do such a thing are clearly bad parents. But bringing a baby to a movie isn't a failure of parenting—it's just inconsiderate as hell.
It could be argued that The Dark Knight Rises was age inappropriate for kids that are a little older, like the six-year-old that was killed or the four-year-old that survived. I know that there are parents who police what their children watch or ban juice from the household or keep a Purrell dispenser nearby at all times. I'm simply not one of them. I wasn't raised that way either. Some of my fonder childhood memories involved watching slasher horror movies as a family, or going to see Aliens with my dad in the theater when I was just seven. I don't believe that children should be shielded from fictional violent imagery. (But it's not like I believe in propping kids' eyes open, Clockwork Orange style, and forcing them to watch things they doesn't want to see.)