Do you think that parents should be held responsible for the actions of their adult children if they turn out to do something crazy? I was listening to the Adam Carolla podcast the other day, and when he discussed the Arizona shootings his position was blame the parents. By his belief, if you made parents criminally responsible for their adult children then that would provide incentive for people to be better parents; that if any offspring goes on a shooting spree, there should at least be an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Sometimes it is difficult to tell when Carolla is being serious and when he's kidding, but obviously you can't charge the parents unless they actually somehow aid or participate in the act. It is insane to suggest a parent go to jail because their offspring goes nuts. Bad parenting can lead to crazy, but even with good parenting, crazy can find a way to take hold. If you are a bad parent, that may increase the probability of their offspring engaging in nefarious behavior, but crazy does not prove bad parenting. Many families with multiple children will have one that's in and out of trouble while the others lead noble and prosperous lives. There are many factors outside of how good of a parent you are that have a major impact on the sanity of your adult child. It is a bad idea to always blame the parents. In this case, I disagree with Mr. Carolla.