Quoting Quiverfull: Speaking Up or Using Children to Defend Violence?

From The Rebelution by Brett Harris in “Defending the Second Amendment”

“Purging our society of violence and murder cannot be done by gun control legislation.” She continues, saying that in passing legislation,”You are not eliminating guns from society but eliminating our ability to protect our lives, liberty and pursuits of happiness.”

Regardless of what position you take on gun control, we can all learn from Sarah’s example. As far back as the young prophet Jeremiah in 626 BC, young people have been responding to the call of God with some variation of, “But I don’t know how to speak, I am only a kid. No one will listen to me anyway!” Sarah’s story suggests a different reality — one where our youth is an asset, not a liability.

Sarah’s video got 2.3 million views because she is 15 — not in spite of it. Let’s be honest, Sarah wasn’t saying anything that hundreds of middle-age men haven’t already said. Moreover, her delivery wasn’t stellar. No doubt she was nervous. She spoke quickly. She was mostly reading from her notes. But 2.3 million people heard her speech because her age was a megaphone.

Of course, it helped that she had written a good speech. Yes, it helped that gun control is a huge, hot-button topic. But ultimately, Sarah’s age was the highlight of her video. Despite the rampant low expectations (or perhaps, because of them) our world is desperate for teens who care, who are informed, and who speak up.

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Editor’s note: Regardless of how you feel about gun control or the violence in our society I think everyone can agree that there is already been too much bloodshed in our country recently. Between the slaughter of the children of Newtown, Connecticut to this week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon there have been too many that have lost their lives senselessly. Sarah is well spoken and may have some valid points but her age gives me pause and makes me wonder how much of this is her and how much patriarchal pressure. Is having children speak up to defend weapons of violence ever appropriate is my question today. Not gun control or weapons.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.
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  • Emily

    To be fair, I had complicated and informed opinions when I was 15. And I knew many other young teens with ideas of their owns. Yes, those ideas did change dramatically as I got older, learned more, and understood more, but that doesn’t invalidate the ideas of the young.

  • saraquill

    I’d feel a lot better if I could be certain that the ideas are hers, and she isn’t being used as a puppet.

  • Tori

    My ten year old very strong willed, and has her own (surprisingly well informed and mostly solid) views. No doubt they will change as she experiences more of life, but they are in no way invalid. I think this young lady is well spoken and sounds intelligent. My two issues with it are this, content – I basically disagree with her viewpoint, and future – if these really ARE her words, this young lady could have a bright future, with many possibilities. I fear however, that this will not be realised :(

  • JamieLee

    Honestly, she seems to be arguing at a level believable for her age – that is, similar to a medium quality high-school essay.* I was at least that opinionated at 13, never mind 15, and while I wasn’t giving speeches to legislative bodies, or even writing to politicians** I could explain my positions at least that cogently in public debate. I don’t doubt that they are her real opinions, though of course they will be influenced by her family and background (among other things, if her parents were opposed to gun use altogether, the odds that she would be involved in competitive shooting would be pretty low.) I wouldn’t call it manipulation. And I do think it’s important to make the points made in this quote – that youth are important and have a voice, that they can make a difference in society and in politics, and that being young can increase, rather than hamper, one’s ability to get one’s message out.
    HOWEVER anyone who was left speechless by this is in desperate need of exposure to some decent debate.

    * I say medium quality because while I found the arguments were well stated, they were poorly supported (conclusions did not proceed logically from supporting information) and did not particularly tie together. This is not to dismiss the courage and character required to take a public stand on a controversial issue at 15; I’m just saying that while she made her case with confidence and integrity, it wasn’t a very good case. I’ve heard good arguments against gun control, and that wasn’t them.
    ** I do not now, nor did I then, have much faith in my so-called representatives, or their interest in representing me. I vote, but so far never for a party that actually had a prayer of getting elected


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