Kent State graduate's photo with AR-10 goes viral


A viral photo shows a college graduate carrying a rifle and graduation cap with the words "come and take it".

Kaitlin Bennett, a 22-year-old Second Modification supporter from Zanesville, Ohio and founding father of Liberty Hangout, a libertarian scholar media outlet at KSU, posed in entrance of the Kent Pupil Heart for the tweet that has gone viral.

Some Twitter users were upset that Kaitlin chose to take the images with the AR-10, while others supported her decision.

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.

Two days later, Bennett followed up on the post by tweeting, "I have no apologies for my graduation photos".

Kent State University graduate Kaitlin Bennett took her graduation photos with her AR-10 to advocate for students being allowed to carry firearms on campus.

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'Students, staff, faculty, and third parties doing business with the university are further prohibited from possessing, storing, or using a deadly weapon while outside on university grounds, that is owned, operated or leased by the university, ' the rules state.

"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 university told Refinery29 that Bennett, now that she's a graduate, is within her rights to openly carry her rifle.

Bennett mentioned although she's acquired demise threats due to her submit, she has no regrets.

In another tweet, she made it clear that her gun is an AR-10 and not an "assault rifle". "As a lady, I refuse to be a sufferer & the second modification ensures that I haven't got to be".

Bennett says her main motivation for the photo was in response to pushback she received for organizing an on-campus open carry walk to promote gun control.