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South Carolina Man Arrested for Son's Accidental Shooting Death

Posted on the 28 December 2012 by Mikeb302000
South Carolina Man Arrested for Son's Accidental Shooting Death Local news reports
Friends and loved ones gathered at a home on Daisy Lane in Conway on Thursday afternoon to lend support to the family of a 2-year-old boy who died on Christmas Day.
The boy’s father, Rondell Smith, paced in circles in front of his mother-in-law’s home, tears streaming down his face, saying over and over, “My son is gone. My son is gone.”
He was inconsolable by family. 
“I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. … I miss his voice. I hear him calling me. I held him close,” Smith said. “Why couldn’t it be me?”
Nearly 48 hours prior, 2-year-old Sincere Smith got hold of his father’s gun that was sitting on a table and shot himself. He died en route to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. A senseless accident, the boy’s family said.
Smith, 30, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and released from jail Wednesday on a $500 bond. He said no punishment by the law would suffice.
“Going to jail ain’t even enough,” he said. “Whatever’s coming to me is coming to me.”

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Why do you think there's such a disparity in the way these cases are handled? Sometimes the responsible gun owner is arrested immediately, other times it takes a month for the arrest and still other times no one is ever held accountable.
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