Unsecured loaded gun changed many lives
I’m sorry for Kao Xiong and his family, but I’m especially sorry for the son who was killed and the other son who pulled the trigger after finding a loaded handgun that Xiong left unsecured in his south Minneapolis home (“Dad guilty in tot’s death,” June 1). Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was right when he said, “We need to send messages.” Parents do need to be held accountable in such situations.
TERRY TRAVER, Center City, Minn.
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The conviction of Xiong is appalling. This man, who isn’t a criminal, will be jailed for what purpose — to protect society? No, he will be locked up and his entire family will suffer in order to punish him for a careless accident — a tragedy that already has taken a terrible toll.
The prosecutors in this case displayed no compassion toward this family. I hope Judge Daniel Moreno will suspend Xiong’s sentence when he makes a determination on June 2. And I hope that Hennepin County residents vote the county attorney out of office at the next election.
STEVEN ROSS JOHNSON, Eagan
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How should we view her service to district?
Voters in the Sixth District repeatedly elected Michele Bachmann to Congress (“Bachmann calls it quits, says her future is ‘limitless,’ ” May 30). Why? Because she demonstrated consistent moral character that represented the views of her constituency.
Voters knew where she stood on issues. Her unflinching support for limited government and traditional values resonated across her district. Her courage in standing against sometimes vile attacks from her detractors further demonstrates her depth of conviction, and voters appreciated that about her. Minnesotans, and Americans, thank Bachmann for her service and wish her well.
DAVE RACER, St. Paul
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Jon Tevlin used restraint and truth in his column about the outgoing congresswoman (“We will miss Michele Bachmann,” June 2). He could have taken the hard line as many others have by exposing Bachman’s hate-filled untruths about Obama and his administration, just like those who send the endless chain e-mails and letters around to stun and recruit others with their bigotry and lies. Tevlin used the velvet glove and said it all. The congresswoman should take some time out now and head for truth school before she embarks on a new career.
DIANA and JACK LACY, Edina
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