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Neighbors of shooting victim await President's address

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SOUTHEAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Tuesday's State of the Union Address will be well attended by folks from at least one state, Connecticut.

President Barack Obama's annual address to the nation is expected to center on gun control. More than 30 shooting victims or their surviving family members and friends have been  invited to attend the speech.

This State of the Union comes just one day after a four-year-old Memphis child accidentally shot and killed himself while handling a gun inside an apartment.

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Many neighborhood residents near the Camelot Manor Apartments are looking forward to the president's address. Many still have questions about the case, who owned the gun, and how Joshua Johnson got a hold of it.

"I mean everybody's shocked," said Chris Ross, neighbor. "Four-year-old playing with a gun, killed himself."

"It's sad," added Donald Stinger.

Police say Joshua's mother was asleep inside their home during the accidental shooting.

"I hope he limits it on a lot of people getting guns, from where the guns be out in the street, loose guns, don't belong," said Steve Duberstine, who is looking forward to the State of the Union Address.

The president's speech is expected to renew his call for gun control, including a ban on assault weapons. He's pushed for new gun control measures since the Dec. 14, 2012 elementary mass shooting in Newton, Conn.

"Just hope for stricter laws, stricter punishments," Ross said.

"President Obama, I believe he's going to succeed in what he's trying to do for us," Duberstine added.

Critics of President Obama's plan include the National Rife Association, which is against universal background checks for gun buyers. Others say gun control triggers feelings on both sides of the fence.

"Really it's like a no-win situation because how things getting you need some type of protection," Ross said. "But on the other hand ended up in the wrong type of crowd hands."

Some say Joshua's death is an example of something people on both sides of the gun control issue will always struggle to get a grip on.

"Responsibility of keeping it away from the kids and having more of a reliable place of keeping it of putting it  from a child getting to it," Ross said.

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