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'19 Kids and Counting' Star -- Three Rifles, No Ammo

1/3/2011 7:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In an effort to give an Indonesian foreign exchange student the real "USA" experience -- one of the stars of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting"  handed the guy a GUN and told him to smile!

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The kid double-fisting the firearms is 20-year-old John David Duggar -- the 3rd of 19 brothers and sisters featured on the show.

John David's father, Jim Bob Duggar, tells TMZ ... JD and the exchange student were heading out to target practice over the holidays -- and posed for this photo before they opened fire.

Jim Bob insists all three weapons were UNLOADED -- and were each "standard firearms purchased at a licensed gun shop."

He adds, "All of the older boys, including John David, are well-trained in gun safety and always supervised when handling guns."

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pragmatist    

how is this news worthy ? Gun ownership in the US is a right. I'm glad they showed him how to shoot. This isn't news.

1296 days ago
32.

Alpine    

So what? Come down south, TMZ. Plenty of teenage boys own firearms and always have. Deal with it. It's VERY American.

1296 days ago
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Scudrunner51    

#28, Your guns won't stop a dictatorship! This government, if it was or felt threatened, can go to Martial Law (Military Rule) & take over from coast to coast / border to border in less than 10 hours. All weapons WILL BE CONFISCATED by the Military...so there!

1296 days ago
34.

MMM    

#35 you are an idiot!

1296 days ago
35.

viewer    

oh leave the duggars alone, yes they have a lot of kids but they were all concieved by choice and not on accident, and they have never depended on welfare or state or government money for anything. and their kids are well behaved productive members of society.

1296 days ago
36.

irma breen    

come on, this really looks weird!!They can't pose with a dog?

1296 days ago
37.

principessa    

And these kids need assault weapons in BF Arkansas because....

I guess they're out to kill those evil libruls; check out their children doing Westboro Baptist-esque road protests. TLC needs to cancel their show, stat. They are not the sanitized, perfect family TLC makes them out to be; they are members of Bill Gothard's cult and are a danger to society.

1296 days ago
38.

cryan    

And the girls can't target practice?? Let's talk about that instead. Bunch of women hating religious freaks.

1296 days ago
39.

kcl    

Sick family all the way around. Couldn't we put a big electric fence around the or something?

1296 days ago
40.

ben    

Ummm aren't those illegal to own?

1296 days ago
41.

Quinn    

I'm with stumpy. Millions of people DO enjoy recreational shooting. I learned in the US ARMY while defending this country. And I enjoyed it. As long as they are legal guns which are used responsibly then who cares? This isn't a gang photo. They are kids going to a range. Not even going hunting. going to a range. shooting at paper or wooden targets. get real folks. And any people who say bad things about the Duggars are just jerks. Really they seem like a loving religious family who care not only for themselves but for others. Oh wait, heaven forbid they have religion and guns in their lives...OMG what is one to do?!!! Ya, it's just too bad that they aren't one of these repeat felony rappers that people go out and buy millions of records. What the heck is this world coming to. gross.

1296 days ago
42.

LarryP    


That's right TLC, keep sensationalizing whack jobs.

Does wonders on how people around the world perceive Americans.

1296 days ago
43.

Gloria Unread    

I don't think it's the guns that bother people here. It's the hypocricy. The fact that they present themselves as so perfect and proper, yet are posing with guns like some gangsta thugs is why this is a story.

I think poster #16, sister278, hit the nail on the head! The way that the Duggar expect their oldest daughters raise their younger children - depriving them of their own childhood - is disgusting. The mother has even said that it was much more difficult when they only had five kids because they actually had to raise them all by themselves instead of putting that responsibility on their daughters.

They have a creepy 'Buddy System' where they pair up two of the kids, relying on the older one to watch the younger one. The mother is the "Buddy" of the newest baby - that is, until she pops out another one, and then the old baby becomes the responsibility of one of the kids.

There is something so sick and twisted about this family... I hate myself for watching the show, but they are so creepy and unsettling, I just can't help myself! It's like a horror movie to me.

1296 days ago
44.

yomama    

Doesn't matter if they were loaded or not. Poor gun handling. That's NRA firearm safety 101.

1296 days ago
45.

Hammer    

I believe in the right to own guns but it's kind of douchie to stand there and pose with them. 20 yr olds with 3 guns on himself more so..Prob douchie dad taking the picture too

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