Jill Duggar is not a politican.
But many social media users think the reality star sounds far too much like one at the moment.
Allow us to explain…
Last Friday, tragedy struck an American school. Yet again.
A 17-year old named Dimitrios Pagourtzis – armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber handgun – opened fire at Santa Fe High School after pulling the fire alarm and forcing students out of their classrooms.
And into his hailof bullets.
ln total, Pagourtzis allegedly murdered 10 people and wounded 13 others.
He was arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
This marked the 22nd school shooting of 2018 and it came about two months after over a dozen students were killed in a similar incident in Parkland, Florida.
In response to this heinous event, Duggar posted the following image on Instagram and wrote the following words:
Prayers for those affected by the Santa Fe shooting yesterday. #neveragain.
Her heart was likely in the right place. No one is really disputing this.
But politicians and many others have beeb offering prayers for years now after murders such as this occur – and, let’s be honest, the murders keep happening.
Jill can use the hashtag “#neveragain” all she wants, but the likelihood of this happening again is VERY strong is the only thing people do in response is to pray.
And we aren’t the only ones saying this. To wit:
“Prayers mean nothing to dead children,” one person wrote as a comment to the above photo, while another added:
“Prayers won’t fix this!!! Your government can if they want… have prayers worked in the past?”
Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, have garnered backlash in the past for some of their more conservative comments and critiques.
The latter is an unabashed Donald Trump supporter and has made it clear many times over the past several months that he doesn’t support the gay and/or lesbian lifestyle.
For example, he lit into TLC star Nate Berkus for being gay and for having a family this spring, writing:
“It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.”
The natural reply here, of course, would be for someone to wonder how much Derick and Jill can care about these same children when they don’t think any changes to national gun laws need to be enacted.
Wrote about Instagram critic of Jill’s over the weekend:
“Never again???? Really?? That’s your hashtag?? Obviously it WILL HAPPEN AGAIN, and again and again!!!! It’s time for your country to address gun control. It’s just sickening.”
It’s maybe worth comparing at this point what Jill is saying here to what Kelly Clarkson said as host of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.
“I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year,” the singer said on stage, adding in emotion and anger:
Once again, y’all, we’re grieving more kids that have died for absolutely no reason at all…
Tonight they wanted me to say that obviously, we want to pray for all the victims and families. They also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working, obviously.
Why don’t we stop moments of silence and do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Change what’s happening, because it’s horrible…
We are failing our children, we’re failing our communities. Let’s have a moment of action, let’s have a moment of change.
Watch this stirring speech below and decide:
Do you agree more with Jill’s take on this situation or with Clarkson’s call for action?