Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Female Kent State Graduate Carries AR-10 on Campus

Female Kent State Graduate Carries AR-10 on Campus

In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal on April 25, 2018, Bennett said, "Kent State is one of the few schools in OH that decided that students wouldn't be permitted to open carry on campus while guests can". "#CampusCarryNow", she wrote in a Twitter post that's been retweeted more than 1,800 times and garnered more than 8,500 likes.

Bennett, who studied zoology at the university and is a digital content producer for the libertarian website Liberty Hangout, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, "I made a decision 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".

Kaitlin Bennett, a 22-year-old Second Amendment supporter from Zanesville, Ohio and founder of Liberty Hangout at Kent State, a student media outlet that promotes libertarian values, posed in front of the Kent Student Center for the tweet that has gone viral.

Kaitlin Bennett
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Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield said once Bennett graduated, she was "no longer restricted under the policy as a student".

Bennett told Fox News she wanted to condemn the school's "insulting" policies.

According to the school's policy on deadly weapons, "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". "These officers are visible, well-trained and on duty 24/7 in support of students, staff, and faculty".

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Kaitlin later tweeted, "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be". "Why are guests more important than the students who are paying thousands of dollars to attend the university?"

The recent college graduate addressed the backlash she received for having an "assault rifle" in the pictures and detailed that an AR-10 "fires at the same rate as any modern pistol".

Bennett also decorated her graduation cap with a firearm and the popular saying for gun rights activists, "Come and take it".

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"Don't talk about gun control", Bennett wrote, "when you can't even get your facts straight".

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