Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Queshawn King

Have you seen those ‘click it or ticket’ commercials about cops looking for drivers not wearing seatbelts? Yep, they’ll pull you over now for that one. Side benefit: it’s another chance to check out a driver to see if he acts “suspicious.” Same with kids and car seats. Let a rugrat jump around in the back seat and you’re asking to see the cherries in your rear view. And when the car in which Queshawn King was riding was stopped because of a couple of unsecured toddlers, sure enough he displayed all the signs of someone who’d rather not have a conversation with Johnny Law . . .

So when the officer asked him to step out of the car, he naturally left the gun he was carrying inside. Right where one of the kids could grab it.

During their discussion, the officer heard King yell: “Fatty, Fatty, Fatty” — the 3-year-old’s nickname — several times.

A police sergeant who was approaching the vehicle’s front passenger side then saw the toddler holding a handgun while sitting in King’s seat, the report said.

When the sergeant tried to recover it from the child she threw the loaded 9 mm weapon to the floor of the vehicle, according to the report.

Queshawn’s now a resident of the Cook County jail facing charges of felony unlawful use of a weapon for having a loaded weapon inside the vehicle, misdemeanor endangering the life and health of a child, and misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card. Our guess is he’ll lose an awful lot of cigarettes playing poker while he’s there, too. He’ll be happy to know there’s a brand new IGOTD trophy waiting for him when he gets out of the slammer, though. But we’ll understand if he decides to sell it to buy Fatty a car seat.

comments

  1. avatar LT says:

    Can’t cure stupid.

    1. avatar bob says:

      Not even duct tape can fix it.

      1. avatar Wiebelhaus says:

        lulz

    2. avatar Bob says:

      “Life’s tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid.” — John Wayne
      “You can’t fix stupid.” — Ron White
      “Here’s your sign.” — (I can’t remember his name right now.)

      1. avatar Scott D. says:

        Bill Engvall.

  2. avatar Thomas Paine says:

    Wait a second! Cook County? The firearm must be unloaded and in a locked case when being transported. Duh!

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Cook County is (mostly) Chicago–and I thought they still maintained that you couldn’t transport firearms there–even to the (nonexistent) firearms ranges to get the training necessary to allow you to get a license to keep a gun in your home….

      1. avatar matt says:

        Maxons is in Cook County, 50 foot range, 8 pistol lanes, 4 rifle/shotgun lanes.

  3. avatar Thomas Paine says:

    now that i think about it, if he was able to get a CCL, then the children would have been SAFER! nobody thinks about the children?

    1. avatar Parthenon says:

      Of course they wouldn’t. To make children safe they need to learn the basics of firearm safety

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        In Illinois? NEVER!

  4. avatar Derek says:

    You call your child “Fatty”… I don’t know what else to say.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      +1. The only thing I can think of that makes any sense is that she is named Fatima, or something along those lines.

  5. avatar Charlie says:

    Clearly a case of profiling. His children have the fundamental right to ride unprotected with access to firearms. Racist cops just wanted to usurp Queshawn’s parental authority. Gotta get em’ when they’re young, right?

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m thinking that Queshawn ain’t gettin’ his Mensa membership renewed. And what’s up with that family and their names?

  7. avatar Robin Bannister says:

    “When the sergeant tried to recover it from the child she threw the loaded 9 mm weapon to the floor of the vehicle.” Queshawn (WTF kind of name is that?) obviously taught his (?) child well.

    1. avatar matt says:

      One word, Ebonics. You gota remember, for a short peroid of time it was considered a legitimate language, and actually taught in Chicago Public Schools.
      http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-01-14/news/9701140225_1_standard-english-ebonics-plain-english

  8. avatar Mark N. says:

    Update and more weirdness–THERE WERE THREE OTHER ADULTS IN THE CAR, including the driver, and the child’s mother and grandmother! And apparently not one of them sought to take the gun from the kid????
    [Actually, there might be a “good” reason for that–all three denied ownership of the gun, and I am guessing that had any one of them done so, or taken possession of the gun, that person would have been subject to arrest as well.]

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