T.I. And Family Front and Center On Gun Rights Issue Following Daughter’s Recent Weapon Possession Arrestzoonique Pullens
As guns grow to be an increasingly hot button issue in our wounded, sad, and frustrated country, the music industry is front and center of the gun rights issue because of the recent arrest of Zonnique Pullins, member of girl group OMG GIrlz and daughter of hip hop star T.I. and his wife, former R&B singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris. Zonnique was arrested for carrying a semi-automatic handgun through a TSA checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. TMZ reports that her music star parents are defending Zonnique’s right to have the gun, explaining that she owns it legally because of recent death threats, and an incident where she was grabbed at a listening party.
However, the trouble of this case stems from the fact that she was unable to produce the proper paperwork upon the request of TSA. Sources close to the situation say that she didn’t realize she had the gun on her because of grabbing the wrong purse while running late for a flight. Her parents have gotten her a lawyer.
Assuming she does in fact own the gun legally, its hard to understand why she would have it portably packed in said purse, concealed enough to theoretically have it by mistake, without having the associated documentation just naturally packed with it in order to avoid this hassle all together. In the best-case scenario, this is absentmindedness associated with the enormous responsibility of legally having a gun on your person. In the worst of cases, it’s a sign that the 20 year old is being dishonest about the nature of her weapon possession. Either way it’s a no win situation.
Of all people, T.I. and family should be well informed on what is required when it comes to weapon possession. Sadly, T.I. has a rather infamous history with guns and the dangers associated with them. Among other legal controversies, Clifford “T.I.” Harris has done a bid in federal prison for illegal weapon possession because he was improperly packing in reaction to the murder of his childhood friend Philant Johnson. Complications associated with Zonnique’s case aside, T.I. and his family unfortunately still have plenty of legitimate need for protection.
Just last month gunfire broke out at a T.I. concert in New York City. Three people injured, and one was killed . For whatever reason, violence and criminal activity continue to follow this family, even though it seems in many cases, they are simply trying to protect themselves against very real threats. It will be interesting to see how this gets sorted out.