KENT, Ohio – A young woman who recently graduated from Kent State University has received threats after she took aim at her school’s anti-gun policies. The controversy arose after a photo shoot where she carried an AR-10 and wore a cap that said, “Come and take it.”
Kaitlin Bennett, a 22-year-old Second Amendment supporter from Zanesville, Ohio posed in front of the Kent Student Center for the tweet that has gone viral. She is also the founder of Liberty Hangout at Kent State, a student media outlet that promotes libertarian values.
Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student- especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow pic.twitter.com/a91fQH44cq
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) May 13, 2018
“Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student—especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow,” she posted on Twitter Sunday.
Bennett told Fox News she wanted to condemn the school’s “insulting” policies.
“I wanted to draw attention to the gun policies on campus that allow guests to open carry, but not students,” she said. “I find it insulting that the school values the lives of their guests more than those attending the university for four years.”
The university has a rule against students, faculty, and staff carrying “deadly weapons.”
However, her demonstration made a point. Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield told Fox News that because Bennett is no longer a student, she violated no policies.
“After graduation, she joined the ranks of our proud graduates,” Mansfield said. “So at the time of this photo, she and other graduates would be permitted to open carry on our campus.”
I have no apologies for my graduation photos. As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be. pic.twitter.com/5CKmQobrMb
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) May 15, 2018
Mansfield noted that KSU has a full-time, certified police department. It has more than 30 sworn officers who protect the campus and the university. Moreover, it was recently ranked the safest big college campus in Ohio and the 25th safest in the country, according to National Council for Home Safety and Security.
As a result of her tweet, the haters have apparently come out in full force.
Nevertheless, Bennett has not regrets even though she’s received death threats because of her post.
“I have no apologies for my graduation photos,” she tweeted Tuesday. “As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don’t have to be.”
Wouldn't it be awkward if the people calling my AR-10 in my grad photos an "assault rifle" found out assault rifles are banned & the AR-10 fires at the same rate as any modern pistol?
Don't talk about gun control when you can't even get your facts straight.
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) May 16, 2018
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In another tweet, she made it clear her gun is an AR-10 and not an “assault rifle” as many had claimed.
“Don’t talk about gun control,” Bennett wrote, “when you can’t even get your facts straight.”
Bennett isn’t the first female college graduate to pose with a weapon in support of her Second Amendment rights this spring. Brenna Spencer, 22, the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga senior posted a graduation photo in which she stares wistfully off-camera while lifting her “Women for Trump” t-shirt to expose a firearm in her waistband.
Despite receiving what she called a surprising “amount of hate” on social media, Spencer, also said she has no regrets, much like Bennett.
“I know the Tennessee state gun codes …. I carry everywhere that I’m allowed to carry,” she said.