Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting has stirred up controversy by posting a picture of himself, his wife, and two young sons posing with an assault rifle.
The family was enjoying a performing by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the United States Army Band over the weekend. Afterward, they met a soldier in the honor guard.
“We had a blast with our family at the @theusarmyband @ArmyFifeandDrum at Ft. Myer…a must visit when here in DC!” Duggar said.
The family posed for a picture with the soldier, while holding an assault rifle.
Duggar is the oldest of the Duggar family and works at the Family Research Council. He and Anna have three children.
The picture prompted a number of blog posts and comments, some in favor and some against the gun.
“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 commentor 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.
Meanwhile, Jim Bob along with Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald recently traveled to Central America for a two-week mission trip.
They visited three countries in 12 days.
Ben posted a picture on Instagram and said that it was “such a special time serving Jesus together.”