Target practice twice a week?If this is taking care of a child,
my mother must have been a saint.
She shot at a target range for sport. To many people, that is no different than shooting a bow and arrow at a bulls-eye for sport, something many other people do, and that as you probably know some in Japan practice as an intense form of mindfulness practice. So far they have found no evidence that she ever took him along. From what the detectives have revealed, they have been trying to find proof that he had been practicing at a shooting range in recent months, and have not found any yet. So we really don't know. What has been reported is that she homeschooled him, lived with him, and spent most of her time caring for him. Whether she did a 'good' or 'bad' job is not something any of us have enough knowledge about yet. I will say as a parent that much of time you aren't sure if you are doing a 'good' or 'bad' job, you just make the decisions that seem best at the time. We do know she was dealing with an adult son with a lot of problems, so her choices were not easy.
I'm not trying to defend her, or to defend the gun culture of the U.S. I think my main point is that we don't really know enough to judge the mother. I think it's wiser to take a 'don't judge unless you have walked in someone's shoes' perspective in a case like this. To me, from a spiritual perspective, judging others is a mental pattern that we all fall into much too easily. And in this case, where there is so little validated information available so far, so this is doubly so. Maybe as more information emerges, we can get a clearer picture.
As for the Columbine movie, yes I have seen it, and no not much has changed. So I do think as a society we have a lot of issues with guns, and with the media as I said above, that contributed to this and need to be addressed.