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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Father Charged in Death of Neenjco Xiong

Kao Chongsua Xiong has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of his 2-year-old son, Neenjco.  This shooting occurred in Ward 2.

I don't envy Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman the decision he had to make on this case.  This man has already suffered the worst outcome possible from his reckless storage of his guns, the death of his child.  However, the reports I've read make clear to me that the way he stored not only the gun used in this fatal shooting, but at least some of the many other guns in the house as well, was not only reckless but illegal.

It sounds like the guns have been removed from the family's home, and that the father has come to the conclusion that guns do not make his family safer.

I hope that this case, and the publicity it generates, will make Minneapolis gun owners reconsider having these dangerous weapons in their homes.  I hope that it will also generate a larger conversation about the use of guns in our city and how to better control them to prevent injury and death.  


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