Pro-gun Kent State grad brings rifle to campus, tells officials to ‘come and take it’
A new graduate from Kent State has shared a graduation photo of herself walking on campus with an AR-10 rifle strapped to her back to make the argument that people should be allowed to carry guns on university grounds.
Kaitlin Bennett was photographed with the gun and the words “come and take it.” The picture included a message harkening back to the killings in 1970 of four university students at Kent State by the Ohio National Guard.
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
Those students were killed when guardsmen fired during a mass protest at the school’s campus against the U.S. bombing of Cambodia.
Bennett posted an additional photo on Tuesday, saying she has no apologies for posting the pictures.
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. pic.twitter.com/5CKmQobrMb
— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 15, 2018
The point of Bennet’s photo and message appeared to be that as a graduate, she has more rights to carry a gun on campus than she did as a student,.
But Kent State’s policy appears to prohibit the carrying of a deadly weapon on campus by faculty, staff and everyday people as well.
“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,” reads Kent State’s policy, according to CBS News.