Student's Graduation Photos With Guns Cause Major Stir at University

A senior graduating from Kent State University posed for some graduation photos on campus with an unlikely prop: firearms. The pro-Trump, pro-Second Amendment student pulled out her big guns right on campus, which many argued was a violation of policy.

The University claims that because she is no longer a student, there is nothing they can do.

Kaitlin Bennett tweeted her graduation photos and got an enormous response. The recent Kent State University graduate showed off her AR-10 rifle while carrying a graduation cap with the words 'come and take it' printed on it.

"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," Bennett wrote.

Bennet is referring to the notorious shooting by the Ohio National Guard in 1970 that left four students dead and nine injured. The students were unarmed and engaged in a protest of the Vietnam War.

The result of the horrific event sparked a massive strike of students across the country. Many colleges and universities had to shut down.

Sharing another photo with her gun in front of the university steps, Bennett tweets, “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.”

The recent graduate also added a tweet for her critics. "Thanks to all who have sent me death threats for taking a picture. You're the biggest advocates for gun rights. You proved exactly why people carry."

She also explained to people that her AR-10 is not actually an 'assault rifle', and chastised those arguing for gun control without knowing the facts.

"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," Bennett tweeted.

Bennett is a content provider for a libertarian website, and continues to defend her Constitutional rights in the face of backlash from other university students. Some have even seen her tweets as threatening.

"Hi Rachel, the only thing that changes about me graduating is that I can be armed on campus to protect myself. See you around next semester!" she wrote.

Many cried to the university for clarification on their policy against deadly weapons on campus. A representative from the university tells Yahoo Lifestyle in a statement, “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 representative adds that, since Bennett graduated, she is no longer a student. And since she's not 'doing business' with the university, she is not banned from holding guns on her photo shoot on their grounds.

“I decided to come back to campus and take graduation photos with an AR-10 because I wanted to start a conversation about gun rights on college campuses. It’s insulting that at Kent State University, guests may protect themselves with firearms on campus, but students and staff may not. Why does the school value the lives of guests more than those paying thousands of dollars to attend the university?” Bennett told Yahoo! Lifestyle.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Kaitlin Marie/Twitter

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