A Kent State University graduate is stirring up a storm with her graduation photos which show her carrying a rifle on campus in protest of the universities firearms ban. 22-year-old Kaitlin Bennett wanted to make a statement after graduating, so she brought her AR-10 to the campus and posed with her graduation cap that read "come and take it."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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. <a href="https://t.co/5CKmQobrMb">pic.twitter.com/5CKmQobrMb</a></p>— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) <a href="https://twitter.com/KaitMarieox/status/996462786027950080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 15, 2018</a></blockquote>
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It is refreshing to see a legal firearms owner exercising her right to bear arms at a time when gun violence is such a hot topic. Bennett included in her tweet, "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." The shooting Bennett referred to was the infamous 1970 incident when Ohio Nation Guardsman opened fire on student protesters killing four and wounding another nine.
Bennett faced severe repercussions from the University for her pro-gun stance: "3 meetings with student conduct, 2 expulsion attempts, and a petition to get my student group kicked off campus.. all for nothing. I graduated & the left did not win," she said on Facebook. She proudly conveyed that despite the opposition, she still graduated with a degree in biology. Kent State University bans students, staff, and third parties doing business at the university from possessing deadly weapons. However, visitors are not prohibited from carrying firearms on the public university's campus, but they are not allowed into buildings.
"I'm glad that my photos are making headlines because my intent was to start a discussion about gun rights on college campuses," Bennett said in an interview with USA Today. "At Kent State in particular, guests may protect themselves with firearms, but students cannot, and I find that insulting."
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Bennett was also met with extreme hate and threats of violence over the graduation photos.
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The ironic thing about all of the hate mail and death threats Bennett received is that if she was armed on campus while the same people who threatened her were being gunned down by a mass shooter and Bennett saved their lives because she was armed they would all be singing a different tune and begging her help.
To make this scenario even more ironic, Twitter recently admitted to shadowbanning users who tweet too much about God, America, and Guns. The social media platform has been systematically targeting conservatives for years yet when someone makes an actual threat of violence or a blatantly racist statement they face no repercussions.
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