Friday, 17 August, 2018

Kent State Grad's Rifle Photo Declares 'Come and Take It'

Kaitlin Bennett with her gun Kaitlin Bennett with her gun
Ellis Copeland | 17 May, 2018, 13:56

She would have carried her handgun instead.

Kent State does not allow students, faculty, or staff to carry "deadly weapons", according to the university's website.

She captioned the image, liked by 116,000 people and prompting more than 33,800 comments, "I don't take normal college graduation photos..." "#CampusCarryNow", she posted on Twitter May 13. She'd found herself at the center of controversy on campus plenty of times before. "They should take this white girl down".

In another tweet, she railed against critics who referred to her AR-10 as an "assault rifle".

Many students celebrate graduation by throwing their caps in the air and taking photos filled with smiles.

"After graduation, she joined the ranks of our proud graduates", Mansfield said.

"Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus".

She added that she should have been able to carry as a student, especially after the 1930 Kent State shooting when four students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen.

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The photo was met with criticism. Another wrote, "You have no reason to have that anywhere near an institution like @KentState and I firmly believe that by having photos like this taken where you're slapping their rules in the face you're the worst kind of gun advocate".

For the 22-year-old, it's more than grabbing attention.

"That's not what people picture as a gun advocate", said Bennett. And though this policy may be well-intentioned, Bennett says that it suggests that students are less deserving of protection. "I don't know why they are threatening anyone".

"Kent State University was recently ranked the safest big college campus in OH and 25th safest in the country, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security", Mansfield said in a statement. The officers are visible, well-trained and on duty 24/7 to protect students, staff and faculty.

The past few days have been trying, but Bennett plans on standing her ground and exercising her 2nd amendment right.

Vehemently defending her stance, the Second Amendment supporter's message has gone viral as she continues to voice her views despite threats and an outcry from those who disagree. Another student Brenna Spencer, from Chattanooga Tennessee, gained an even larger mass of attention for sporting a Women For Trump shirt and having a firearm tucked away in her trousers.

Bennett, on the other hand told Fox News she wanted to condemn the school's "insulting" policies.

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