Jessa Duggar Gun Photo Draws Criticism From Fans, Praise From Ben Seewald

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Jessa Duggar's parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar love their Second Amendment, and it looks like the youngster is following in their footsteps.

Her "courting" of Ben Seewald has been a prominent story line on 19 Kids and Counting this season, but it's now taken a controversial twist.

Seewald posted a picture of Jessa Duggar holding what looks like an automatic rifle, resulting in a deluge of comments, both supportive and outraged:

Jessa Duggar, Gun

“My AWESOME girlfriend. #DontmesswithJessa,” Seewald wrote on Facebook.

One fan wrote, critically: “Wow, would Jesus carry that weapon?”

Another countered: “Only extremists think that weapons kill people ... a person has to pull the trigger. For the time being we have the right to bear arms!”

Her dad Jim Bob tells Radar Online he supports Jessa, stating that “We believe it is important for children to learn safety about guns and knives."

"To learn how to use them properly and to learn not to use them to hurt others but to use them as a tool [is] one of our constitutional rights.”

Ben Seewald generated additional discussion and debate online by plastering his Facebook page with messages about ending abortion rights once.

“Abolish abortion. Abortion is a matter of life and death. We must abolish abortion!,” he writes, with harsh words for those who criticize his views.

“What if people had the same attitude towards slavery?" Ben continues. "Imagine an abolitionist speaking out against the horrors of the slave trade."

"Imagine someone saying 'Calm down… just accept the fact that it’s a personal choice to buy a slave. If you don’t like slavery, then don’t buy one.'"

Jim Bob's second oldest daughter Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, her fiance, have also been prominently courting, but have stayed clear of controversy.

A Duggar Family Pic
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are still working on that 20th kid.

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Shame on her for even picking up that dam thing. It would make more sense if we were in a country that had to use those dam things all the time in order to survive. Her family brings up family values all the time but what about the value with being respectful toward all people and not to fringe upon us the right to bare arms when we as a society do not have to. People in Syria, Middle East, Africa, Israel and parts of Mexico that have drug cartel, these people need guns to survive.

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He should be proud to have a girlfriend that is not a helpless ninny in the face of danger. To learn how to defend yourself when needed is a good thing indeed.

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People need to relax. That is clearly only a S&W 15-22 and employs the fun to shoot 22LR. The rifle may look like an ultra-evil AR-15 but it is not one. I have one and it is a lot of fun to shoot, if you can find the ammo.

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seriously..isn't this blown out of proportion???? a picture taken at a store with her holding this type of weapon....means nothing

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Wow, would Jesus carry that weapon?” No because the dude could do miracles don't think he would need a weapon with that kind of super power

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@ Lamont

Jesus said the next time he will be coming back with a sword and fire.

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So what is wrong with this picture?.....NOTHING.
End of story.

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There is no HONEST way to say that the gun "looks like an automatic rifle". There is just no way.

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Jessica, welcome to the world where illogical political correctness, trolls, and thought police will judge your every move.

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Why people watch these people I do not know. The parents should be arrested for child abuse. Older children are expected to raise younger children. This is child abuse. If they didn't give them exposure they would fade away. And they are making millions on this..

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@ p prz

Older children helping raise younger children is how it has worked for most of human history.

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@ p prz

Sending you 6 months old baby to daycare is a form of neglecting. I don't blame the mothers for doing that. They have no choice because everyone think that is OK, but their babies are really being neglected emotionally.

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Did I read that correctly? Did some moron really make the comparison of buying a slave to buying a gun?

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The Duggar Family Quotes

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

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