Josh Duggar Should Not Be Letting His Babies Handle Guns​ (PHOTO)

josh duggar rifle familyA young, innocent man was shot and killed by police for reportedly playing with a toy gun at Walmart, and yet Josh Duggar can take a family photo with his kids' hands on an assault weapon and we are supposed to think it's okay. Another Duggar -- Jessa -- recently encountered a bit of controversy when she posted a photo of herself holding a firearm. What is with all these gun photos?

This isn't exactly about gun laws here. It's about gun safety. The more there are photos of kids posing with guns, the more kids will think it's okay to handle guns ... on their own ... without adult supervision.

Guns aren't toys. We cannot risk sending a message to kids that they are. We cannot take smiling photos next to a weapon that is used in war to kill people, allowing our children to touch it, and then wonder why there is so much violence in our society. Maybe some will think I am going too far in saying this, but again, this isn't about open carry or gun laws, this is about kids and guns. Guns just shouldn't be props for a photo either. Parents get flak for posting pics of kids pretending to drink alcohol; it's kind of the same thing. It's not funny or cute. They are simply too young to handle a gun, so they shouldn't be posed or propped up in a photo with a gun.

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Guns are used to kill. Why would we think it's okay to pose our kids next to one? As parents, we need to be mindful of these things. We do need to teach our kids about guns -- that they are not something to play with, that they are dangerous, that guns can hurt them and kill them, and that if for some reason they are ever in a situation when their friend is playing with a gun, they must remove themselves from that situation and tell an adult. Photos like this send the message that instead they should take out their cameraphone and take a selfie. That could be the first fatal mistake.

What do you think of the photo?


Image via Josh Duggar/Twitter

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adamat34 adamat34

They are not handling anything , glancing graze at best time to find something else to bitch about.

nhamp... nhampton401

Seriously? It's about educating your kids. My boys started shooting at 3 years old and wouldn't dream of touching a gun without a parent by their side. There's way better things to write about go find something.

balan... balancing-act

I agree there is no place for children around guns. They are NOT toys.

Angela Michelle

There is gun safety and then there is common sense. My girls are learning proper gun safety. Yes, they are just air rifles until they are older but still they know they cannot go and handle them without us going and getting them. They have no clue where we even keep them and its pretty dang secure. Do I agree with how he is holding the AR15, no. That is NOT the proper way to hold one, unloaded or not. He is not using proper gun safety or common sense and his children are seeing that. Not to mention that soldier in the background should have had issue with it. 

Ellisha Machowski

the kids aren't even "handeling" the gun.. their hand is on the butt of the gun.. and not anywhere by the trigger.. holy cow ppl.. seriously.. find something else.. there are important stories out there.. get out and find one!

AliPa... AliParker

I think it's trashy. I don't think there is a reason for anyone to pose with a weapon unless it's a police officer or solider. It looks stupid and attention craving to me. But that's their problem. Who knows why they thought it a necessary prop for a photo with children.

Noahs... Noahs-Mom

I don't think the Dugger's mind so why should other people care? If you don't want your kids to handle guns then don't let them. 


nonmember avatar katie

Seriously... leave the dugger family be... my kids have shot guns... not EVERYONE who touches a gun will kill someone and yes that gun was shot off in a war to keep your judgmental butt safe! Find something else to "report" on maybe the starving kids right here in the u.s

00NoW... 00NoWay00

Wow ... I knew who wrote this article before I even looked at the name. My boys both go shooting with their dad. I would rather have my kids learn gun safety than to be terrified of the big bad gun. *eyeroll*

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