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’19 Kids and Counting:’ An Assault Rifle and A Trip to Central America?

    August 12, 2014
    Kimberly Ripley
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19 Kids and Counting’s family, the Duggar family, aren’t the kind of people who cause controversy, but that’s what eldest son Josh Duggar inadvertently did when he and his wife, along with their children, posed for a picture that included an assault rifle. Worse still–in some critics’ eyes anyway–their two young boys were touching the gun.

Now don’t jump to conclusions. The 19 Kids and Counting family, including their married offspring, haven’t armed themselves in order to protect their large brood. Josh Duggar and his family simply attended a performance by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the United States Army Band, after which they met and posed in a photo with a soldier who was part of the honor guard.

Duggar looked at the event as a fun family adventure.

He seemed genuinely honored that a soldier took the time to pose with him and his family for the photo.

The story of the photo with the assault rifle quickly made the rounds on the internet, with people chiming in with their opinions.

“Chill! Nobody is handling an assault riffle. Josh is holding it. The babies are touching it. Nobody has their hand near the trigger or finger anywhere close. The barrel is not pointing to anybody. It is pointing to the grass. The soldier is right there in case anything happens. People that do not know anything about guns and/or never fire one, are the ones that criticize the most,” said one commenter on one of the articles.

“As a responsible female gun owner and mother I disagree the best thing you can do is teach children that guns are not toys and if they find one not to touch it. Get a parent or other responsible adult to check it out. My child actually found a black plastic gun in some bushes and came to get mom just like he had been taught. Guns are for adults not for kids. Shame on Josh Duggar for not teaching his kids gun safety,” responded another.

Josh Duggar seems to be trying to squelch the controversy by not mentioning it on his Twitter account. He posted the picture and it is still there. He hasn’t made any comments about it since it was posted.

In other 19 Kids and Counting news, several of the Duggar family members traveled to Central America recently on a mission trip, including Jessa Duggar and her courtship partner (a.k.a. her boyfriend) Ben Seewald.

Ben captioned this photo, “Headed out for a Central American missions trip! 12 days, 3 countries. Please pray for our team!” That team included Jim Bob Duggar as well as Duggar siblings Jessa, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, and Jackson.

And finally, the last tidbit of 19 Kids and Counting news worth mentioning is the upcoming one-year courtship anniversary for Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald. Rumor has it Jessa might be the second Duggar daughter to tie the knot before the end of 2014. Sister Jill Duggar married Derick Dillard in June.

Before long there will likely be even more Duggar grandchildren joining the fold. Hopefully they don’t all play with assault rifles.

Image via Twitter

  • Citizen Kane

    Seriously?! They take a photo with a US Army Soldier and his rifle, and people are saying “oh, so bad!”. I think it is great. Sad though to see the pussification of so many in America. Glad to see his sons will grow up to be men, and not some hipster meterosxual girlie men.

    • eryche

      All boys grow up to be men. They may not fit your mold, but they all become men.

      • Citizen Kane

        No, some become adult males. Not all adult males are “men”. Just as not all adult females are “women”.

        • http://www.godisimaginary.com/ Pete Saddoe

          If you knew 8 more things, you would be an idiot.

        • cheryl

          adult females are “women” but not all are “ladies

    • Babs Phillips

      Citizen Kane…dude, you white, republican, ignorant, prejudicial, bigoted, right winger and probably a dumb teabagger, YOU ARE NOT A MAN. Real men don’t judge others the way you do and don’t label people just because they aren’t a pathetic clone to you.

      • Citizen Kane

        Hmm.. see the irony since you yourself are labeling and being judgmental. LMAO. Yes, real men make sound and righteous judgements, have honor, have a moral code of what is right and wrong. Oh, and I am not “White”. Please go get an education. Reading does wonders for a person.

        • Babs Phillips

          Shut up. No one cares what you have to say.

          • Citizen Kane

            Well, apparently 22 people did, since that is how many read my post and clicked on the “like” icon. Again, no intelligent conversation from you. Just typical liberal rants and insults.

    • Woman of faith

      Citizen Kane, I totally agree with you and I applaud the fact that you have not backed down on your opinions. Have a blessed day!

  • Delia

    Josh Duggar is a professional gay-basher. End of story.

    • Ginny Morrison

      Yes he is!!!

      • Jeannie

        Josh Duggar is a man that follow THE BIBLE.

    • Citizen Kane

      Hmmm…No. He believes in the sanctity of marriage. That sexual relations should only be between one man and one woman committed in marriage.

      • http://www.godisimaginary.com/ Pete Saddoe

        In that case, you probably should quit jerking off, idiot.

        • Citizen Kane

          Now that is ironic. Someone calling someone an idiot, yet makes idiotic statements themselves instead of any civilized methods of communication.

        • Lisette

          tsk,tsk,tsk pete you really should not call other people idiots. Do you even know the actual definition of the word idiot?

      • owsley stanley

        That is medieval propaganda BS. He is indeed a gay basher.

        • Citizen Kane

          Oh, and you have some facts to show that he has “Bashed” gays? Unless you believe that one having a belief that people of the same gender engaging in sexual relations is morally wrong, and that marriage is one man with one woman, somehow equates to “bashing”. Sounds to me like someone with a moral compass, who wants to work to keep marriage defined as something sacred in our society. Now, as for medieval propaganda? Well, being that we are in the 21st century and the majority of educated people (for example myself with a Masters Degree in Ecology and most of my colleagues with the same or even higher levels of education) from all religions, races, cultures believe sex between two people of the same gender is not natural, moral, or civilized, I would say it is not medieval propaganda.

          • Theresa

            You sure like to toot your own horn – I guess nobody else wants to.
            So you have a degree in ecology? How does that translate to the real world?
            I would think someone like you who claims to be intelligent wouldn’t believe such bullshit – about same sex relationships as they are prevalent since forever and are observed in the animal kingdom as well.
            You sure spout a lot of lies and bullshit.

      • Theresa

        They’re all a bunch of brain dead brainwashed morons. All the men do is screw their wives and all the wives do is spread them for their husbands anytime they want. All the wives are broodmares. They’re expected to give it up anytime the husbands want to screw. They’re a cult called quiverful. Look it up. One of the moron sons is in Congress I believe now and making great strides towards making things unequal for gay people. They’re disgusting. Brain dead mama Duggar just smiles and spreads her legs for Jim Bob.

        • Lisette

          wow lady you got some kind of problem? Are you one of those foaming lesbians or something? Such hatred directed toward human beings you do not even know!

      • Theresa

        All he believes in is screwing his braindead wife.

        • Citizen Kane

          Wrong. They are a loving couple that many could learn from. Personally I do not want to have 19 children, but it seems to work for them and their family is happy. You on the other hand sound like a bitter feminist.

          • Theresa

            I’m not bitter or a feminist. These Duggars are braindead brainwashed cult members. That mama Duggar has that fake smile on her face all the time. They’re revolting actually.
            There is nothing to learn from these brainwashed cult members.

          • Me Sham

            You’re just mad that after 19 kids she still isn’t as fat as you are.

          • Theresa

            I can always lose weight. Sounds like you’ll always be a pathetic little man with a 3 inch penis. Sorry little man! Maybe your boyfriend doesn’t mind?

          • Lisette

            lady, you are just nasty! Obviously all you can do with your limited intelligence is verbally attack people

          • Citizen Kane

            You look like you could use smile on your face. They seem happy and are living morally upright lives, what is the issue?

          • Theresa

            there is a smile on my face little man.
            Morally upright? Okay.
            No issue. They’re just a brainwashed bunch of cult members.

          • Citizen Kane

            At least there are no Fat Chicks in their family.

          • Theresa

            You’re a little man too? How cute? Does your boyfriend like your little penis? I bet you have lots of guns too right? To compensate in the penis department?

          • Theresa

            Sounds like there are no brains either. Brainwashed braindead cult members.
            Also I can always lose weight little boy.
            There’s no hope for you little boy. Go play with yourself now.

          • Citizen Kane

            Sigh. Typical fat feminist, cannot get a man, man hater responses. I am a happily married man with a wonderful, beautiful loving wife. Quit worrying about the Duggars, and try to be happy with your own life.

          • Theresa

            My work is done here. Me thinks thou doth protest too much! That was fun!
            Again, I’m so sorry about your little bitty weiner. Again, maybe your boyfriends likes it so it’s all good right?
            I’m so glad I had the chance to piss you off little man!
            Toodles!

          • Citizen Kane

            Typical bitter fat chick response. I really fee sorry for women like you. I hope you can learn to not be bitter, loose weight, enjoy life and have happiness when you can find a loving man. I am happy of the Duggars. They seem happy. Just like me and my wonderful, beautiful wife are as well. People that are bitter and angry and jealous of other’s happiness, should learn to make their own happiness, live morally upright lives and find peace.

          • Theresa

            Typical man with a little penis response. Again, I really struck a nerve. I’m done with you little man.

          • Citizen Kane

            LOL. I am 6′ 3″ tall and not small at all. You bitter feminist fat lesbian types really need to come to peace. LOL

          • Lisette

            you sure sound VERY bitter over a show nobody is forcing you to watch!

    • Woman of faith

      That’s funny, I have never heard any Duggar say anything negative about anyone.

      • sadiko1111

        yes they did , they talked from their ignorant mouths about the catholic religion as of which they know nothing about , they follow a profit , they are idiots

        • Lisette

          please learn how to spell before posting its shameful a prophet is not a profit

          • sadiko1111

            your a cow Lisette , go serve your prophet and bow down

          • Lisette

            still cannot spell can you? ‘your’ a cow should read ‘you’re’ a cow as in ‘you are’ a cow hope this little tip helps!

    • sadiko1111

      he is a repressed homosexual

      • Citizen Kane

        LOL. Yeah, I love how liberals relate to some unintelligent drivel like this whenever they do not like somebody expressing their moral believes. Don’t be so bitter and jealous. He seems to be, and rightly so, a very happily married man living the good life.

        • sadiko1111

          No one is jealous of these idiots , they better break out of their glass bubbles they live in , gays are here to stay , so they better get in their underground bunkers rOTFL

        • Theresa

          For someone who is supposedly such a learned man – you’re a moron.

          • Citizen Kane

            So having morals and values, honor and virtue is considered moronic? Maybe you need to educate yourself. Read a book or two.

        • Theresa

          Living the good life – banging Michelle every time he gets a hard on and she willingly submits to her horny husband – who cares if another baby kills her?

      • Lisette

        I guess you should know, huh?

    • Denise Brigner Yesland

      I think that Josh Duggar is a GAY professional gay basher. He is so over-the-top with all the displays of affection as if to say, “look at me. See, I’m not gay! I have a wife and three kids. I couldn’t possibly be gay”! I thought this about him the first tie I saw him, and I think it’s even more true now. It is pathetic that they think he can fool anyone by all his antics. Pray the gay away, indeed, Pathetic is more like it.

    • Lisette

      ok, so? Its his RIGHT in these United States to believe whatever.

  • GWC

    OMG!!! OMG!!! The children are touching a firearm!!! BFD. Their parents are not concerned, why are you getting your panties all bunched up? Firearm safety should be taught to children.
    My wife’s brother was killed while playing with a shotgun. My wife does not blame the shotgun for his death. Instead, she blames her mother. Mom left a loaded shotgun in easy access of children.
    My wife enjoys going to the shooting range with me. Rifles and pistols, almost every weekend.

  • eryche

    Oh, no! Boys touched a gun! Good grief. Personally, I think this family is nuts, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this picture. It’s not like they’re letting the kids play with a loaded weapon.

  • wildwillywong

    Seeing as how gun banning advocates are communists, its not surprising that they would criticize a US soldier for carrying a rifle.

    Some of you gun haters don’t realize that you are supporting communists, and for some of you it is a desire to create a new world, where people ride unicorns through the forest and feed the sprites and fairies, but no matter what you think, if you support the gun banners, you are supporting communism.

  • Larry

    Illogic, hysterical, hyperventilating liberals. This group of nose ring and chain crowd will be the first ones to shove their loved ones aboard the box cars to captivity.

  • hammer12

    The best thing you can teach your kids is how to be responsible with guns. Curiosity does kill the cat. Teaching your kids that guns are not a toy but a tool is the most responsible thing you can do it is no different than a hammer or a screwdriver both if you watch tv can bone used as weapons as well. The biggest hate group out there are the liberals they preach hate not love or tolerance they preach division not unity or equality. If they actually believed any of that they would not be bashing Christians left and right because of their own fear of the Truth.

  • http://www.godisimaginary.com/ Pete Saddoe

    This ‘family’ is a disgusting collection of inbred idiots but all this hyperventilating about the gun is even crazier. No wonder kids do mayhem with guns now and then, people are too cowardly to TEACH them how to properly and safely use them. I’ve owned about 50 different guns since age 8 and not one of them ever jumped up and shot someone all by itself or went off ‘accidentally’.

  • HeywoodJaBlowme27

    Yankee socialist author is a yankee socialist

  • Babs Phillips

    Josh is only holding one end of the rifle…his son is holding the other end. Josh is also holding his baby with his other hand. I think they’re being terribly ignorant about the image they’re portraying. Their bible tells them not to do anything that gives the appearance of evil…I think if they’re doing everything else in their lives to give the appearance of purity, obedience to the scriptures, etc., then they need to stop with the posing with rifles.

    • lisa

      the family has an unhealthy view of cowboys as well. they like to play cowboys but really cowboys were drunks screwing cheap women… Not the kind of thing the Duggars approve of.. I think they get Cowboys confused with Ranchers.

    • Lisette

      Why is holding a gun portraying the appearance of ‘evil’? If not for weaponry America would still be under control of the United Kingdom! In addition, the Old Testament is full of wars, battles, death, & destruction.

  • Owsley

    This family and their virtues are disgusting. They are america’s entertainment. There’s a reason they call it THE LEARNING CHANNEL. It’s because you learn how not to live your life. NO ONE should be able to pop out 19 kids and call it ‘a miracle from god’.

    That is no miracle, it’s literally poison for the earth.

    • Lisette

      I think your opinion is disgusting, Owesly

    • Theresa

      They really don’t have any virtues other than screwing and popping out all those babies. They belong to a cult called quiverful. The men get to screw their wives whenever and the wives have to spread them.

      • Citizen Kane

        Feel sorry for the man who marries you, you sound like one of those bitter women, probably a lesbian, or if not who feels that making love to their husbands is a chore and not a privilege. Nothing wrong about a man wanting to make love to his wife on a very frequent basis. A wife should worry when her husband does not.

        • Theresa

          Feel sorry for yourself dickhead.
          Who cares how often your wife spreads her legs for you?

          • Citizen Kane

            Such lady like language. Why are fat people so bitter?

          • Theresa

            Why do guys with little dicks act like dickheads?

          • Citizen Kane

            So that is all you can continually say? You communicate like such a lady. Bitterness. What caused you to be so bitter in life, to hate men, to be malcontent and depressed? Christ can help you out of your bitterness and cause you to find peace, fulfillment, and battle your addictions.

          • Theresa

            I’m quite happy – just don’t like being called fat by dickheads like you.
            Worry about your own self. Don’t worry about me little man, I’m just fine.
            Go screw yourself.

          • Citizen Kane

            I am 6’3″ tall. LOL LOL LOL Put down the spoon, stop being bitter, learn to speak, talk, and act like a lady and you will be able to get a man. Hint: Men don’t go for crazy, fat, or bitter, chicks.

          • Theresa

            The only women who go for smug holier than thou self righteous pricks like you are smug holier than thou self righteous bitches.
            Save the Emily Post lessons for your wife dickhead.
            Who cares how tall you are, you are still a little man.
            I can always lose weight – you will always be a smug holier than thou self righteous supposedly well educated prick.
            I guess I hit another nerve – you just have to keep getting the last word. I pity your wife.

          • Citizen Kane

            Crazy Chick Alert!!! Runaway! Runaway! LOL

            Hint: my wife is not fat, bitter, or crazy. ; )

          • Theresa

            Yeah, so you say, so you say.
            Go play with yourself because I’m done.
            Dickhead.

          • Citizen Kane

            Well, at least you probably have all your pet cats to keep you company.

  • Bill Slawinski

    Kimberly – who cares if they play with gun – you liberal news people are the worst of its kind

  • Cici Tilly

    Gross. This entire situation is just gross. From too many kids, to their religion and their free travel for “missions.”

    • Lisette

      why don’t you stop watching?

      • Cici Tilly

        I’ve NEVER watched it actually but I don’t live under a rock either! It’s everywhere in magazines, online etc.

  • None of your business

    Over and over again, everything I read confirms what I think about this show–it’s sick and it’s stupid. A total waste of the airwaves. Isn’t someone intelligent asking for something better than this?

  • None of your business

    And who besides a total idiot would call themselves “JimBob”?

    • Lisette

      Probably someone who calls himself ‘none of your business!

      • None of your business

        and whose business would my name be? And JimBob and that cunt Michelle fit the idiot description exactly. Fucking fundamentalists.
        BTW, chinga su madre, puta

        • Lisette

          You nasty-mouthed backwoods ignoramus this is my last response ~ Live & Let Live

    • Theresa

      And all the kids names have to start with a J. They just started making up names.

  • n8cal

    Every one in that family should be neutered
    !

  • Anonymous

    Jessa Duggar looks like a clown with all that makeup on. Why is it wrong to wear pants, but it’s okay to wear tons of makeup??

    • sadiko1111

      They are always posing in the mirror , isn’t vanity a sin?

  • Gordon J Davis Jr

    Amazing. Someone in the media actually used the term “assault rifle” properly! I guess even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • fran attaway

    one day one of those kids or maybe more are going to get tired of all the bull and go haywire.

  • sadiko1111

    The Duggars need to get off tv , they are greedy and are all high and mighty except when it comes to the almighty dollar .

    • Lisette

      I hope they stay on tv, I enjoy watching them! Besides, you are just jealous about the money, huh?

      • sadiko1111

        Not jealous of them , you cow

        • Lisette

          hahahahhaha yes you are jealous

  • Lisette

    There is no shame in being military or having your pic taken standing with a soldier, you negative people on here are ridiculous! You should be ashamed as well, because a soldier with a gun has died many times over to protect America.

  • Jeannie

    This is a sweet picture honoring those who fight for our country. Not a thing wrong with teaching our kids to be patriotic and to love our American freedoms. Those children belong to THEM, not the government and not to “the village”.

  • joe liegel

    Duggars = media whores

    • sadiko1111

      AMEN

  • Saavedra Torres

    I’m just curious to know what assault rifle or handgun Jesus would prefer? My catechism class when I was a child chose to skip over that section in the bible.

  • bfmittens

    There are a few episodes of 19 Kids & Counting that include some footage of the family talking about guns and gun safety, and also several of the older kids (maybe 10 and up) out on their property shooting rifles. It all seems very tasteful and appropriate to me…a conservative Christian republican.

  • Me Sham

    People are very desperate if they think this is “controversial.” We all know the real reason for your hatred.