Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Recent Kent State grad protests school's firearm restrictions: 'Come and take it'

Student celebrates graduation by taking huge AR-10 rifle to university Student celebrates graduation by taking huge AR-10 rifle to university
Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 05:47

In another tweet, she made it clear that her gun is an AR-10 and not an "assault rifle".

In the photos, she poses around Kent State University's campus wearing a white dress and and a gun holster around her body. 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. After days of unrest over America's invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, student protesters clashed with Ohio National Guardsmen. "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be". One Twitter used commented, "If person of color was walking around campus with a gun the whole damn police station would come and shoot them in a second #WhitePrivilege".

But campus police can't always intervene fast enough, Bennett said, arguing that "pulling out a gun is easier than dialing 911".

"I have no apologies for my graduation photos", she wrote. "I graduated & the left did not win". But visitors are not prohibited from carrying firearms on the public university's grounds, although they can't take them into buildings.

After graduation, Bennett says she plans to stay in the area. "Why are guests more important than the students who are paying thousands of dollars to attend the university?" The results? Photos that have swept social media by storm.

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Kaitlyn Bell isn't the only college graduate to post graduation pictures showing off the right to bear a gun.

In response, Bennett suggested such critics "speak to the BLACK officer who was with us the entire time". All because of my photo with a rifle promoting my right to defend myself.

Her post was met with mixed reactions, as some thought they'd seen enough of firearms on campuses with all the recent school shootings in the U.S. Twitter evidently suspended the Twitter user's account.

"After graduation, she joined the ranks of our proud graduates", Mansfield said.

Not everything has been negative though, Bennett said she's received dozens of messages in support.