Kent State University Has No Problem With Rifle-Toting Graduation Photos

Student celebrates graduation by taking huge AR-10 rifle to university

Conservative student's parting shot at college's anti-gun policies goes viral: 'Come and take it'

Kent State College graduate, Kaitlin Bennett, went viral for taking a parting shot at her faculty's anti-gun coverage Sunday. There was a mix of support and opposition to Bennett's post.

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. "#CampusCarryNow", she wrote in a Twitter post that's been retweeted more than 1,800 times and garnered more than 8,500 likes.

The Twitter universe was divided over the tweets from Kaitlin Marie where she is shown snapping graduate photos over the campus of Kent State University. "I discover it insulting that the varsity values the lives of their company greater than these attending the college for 4 years".

According to it's website, the university has rules against students, faculty, and staff carrying any "deadly weapons". A picture of a gun and the words "come and take it" decorated the graduation cap.

"Graduates are no longer considered students and would be permitted to open-carry, per the university policy", said Eric Mansfield, the school's executive director of media relations.

KSU Kaitlin Bennett
Kent State College graduate Kaitlin Bennett went viral for taking a parting shot at her faculty’s anti-gun coverage Sunday

Mansfield noted that KSU has a full-time, certified police force of more than 30 sworn officers who protect the campus and the university was recently ranked the safest big college campus in OH and the 25th safest in the country, according to National Council for Home Safety and Security.

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

In one other tweet, she made it clear her gun is an AR-10 and never an "assault rifle" as many had claimed.

"As a woman, I refuse to be a victim and the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be", Bennett said in a tweet.

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.

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