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.

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Duggar Family Quotes

And so be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, 'Yes, sweetie I am here for you,' NO MATTER WHAT, even though you may be exhausted and big and pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. 'I'm still here for you and I'm going to meet that need because I know it's a need for you.' - Michelle

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