Father of Minneapolis toddler killed in accidental shooting will stand trial

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 19, 2013 - 8:01 PM

Kao Chongsua Xiong’s attorney said offers to settle felony case were inadequate.

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swmnguyMar. 19, 13 2:58 PM

This has been a terrible story. It does bring up a good point however. There are many things that we are free to do, which our better judgment tells us not to do.

When our kids were toddlers, I traveled a lot for work, and some (suburban) friends told me I was nuts to leave my wife with two toddlers in our inner-city home alone without a gun. Well, this is exactly why I didn't buy a gun. To store a handgun as the NRA recommends requires a safe for the (unloaded) gun, a trigger lock on the gun, and a separate safe for the ammo. By the time one opens the gun safe, takes off the trigger lock, opens the ammo safe and loads the weapon, in a one-story 25' x 45' house; well, you might as well make the intruder a sandwich and help him carry the TV out. Any lower level of security, however, and toddlers die.

I know former NRA president Warren Cassidy told a reporter “You’d get a far better understanding if you just approach us as if [we are] one of the world’s great religions,” but once in a while a Dad has to use some judgment.

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