A Kent State University graduate is under fire after she proudly carried her AR-10 rifle onto the Ohio campus – and the young lady is refusing to apologize for posting photos of herself with the weapon.
In a Twitter post that went viral, Kaitlin Bennett, 22, said she can “arm herself” since she has graduated from the university. One photo shows Bennett also carrying her mortar board, which says, “Come and take it.” Bennett’s post has nearly 20,000 “likes” and has been retweeted about 5,000 times. . .
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 pic.twitter.com/a91fQH44cq
— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 13, 2018
Kent State University has a policy on “deadly weapons” that states: “Pursuant to the statutory authority of the board of trustees to regulate the use of university property and the conduct of the students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the campus so that law and order are maintained, it is the policy of the university to prohibit the possession, storage, or use of a deadly weapon in certain circumstances on university property, unless otherwise permitted by state law.”
Bennett, who founded Liberty Hangout at Kent State, argues that she should have been allowed to carry a weapon on campus, even as a student, “especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government.” She was referencing a 1970 Vietnam War protest during which members of the Ohio National Guard killed four university students and wounded nine other people.
Since posting her photos, Bennett has received death threats, according to Fox News. Still, Bennett said she tweeted the images to protest the university’s “insulting” gun policy. (Read more from “Grad with AR-10 on Campus Refuses to Apologize” HERE)