Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

Second Amendment advocate and recent Kent State University graduate Kaitlin Bennett has sparked debate for the way she expressed her opposition to the school's policy against students carrying firearms on campus.

Kaitlin Bennett, 22, shared photos of herself posing with the huge gun at Kent University in OH, while toting a mortarboard inscribed with the slogan 'Come and take it'.

The words "come and take it" were displayed on her graduation cap and her caption referred back to 1970 when four students at Kent State University were killed and nine others wounded when the Ohio National Guard opened fire during a mass protest at the school against the USA bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

According to the university's website, it has rules against students, faculty, and staff carrying any "deadly weapons". I ought to have been in a position to take action as a scholar - particularly since four unarmed college students had been shot and killed by the federal government on this campus. The picture included a message harkening back to the killings in 1970 of four university students at Kent State by the Ohio National Guard.

Mansfield added that the photos were taken Sunday, and Bennett informed the university of her plans. "So I'm not nervous".

"What is going on, where is the other side", said Bennett, it was in that moment she decided to make a stand. "So at the time of this photo, she and other graduates would be permitted to open carry on our campus".

"No, I'm armed. I don't know why they are threatening an armed woman". The officers are visible, well-trained and on duty 24/7 to protect students, staff and faculty.

"I've no apologies for my commencement pictures", she tweeted Tuesday. He said, "After graduation, she joined the ranks of our proud graduates".

The entire ordeal has been pretty traumatic for the graduate, "I don't get it", said Bennett, "They say they're against violence, but then they say they want to kill me".

Bennett isn't the first student this graduation season whose graduation photo with a gun has gone viral.

Bennett's Twitter page shows the woman as an avid supporter of President Trump, whom she often commends and supports via her profile.

Like this: