Kent State grad who posed with AR-10 spars with Parkland students on gun control

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A Kent State University graduate has been fighting with survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting after she posed with an AR-10 for her graduation photos.

Kaitlin Bennett posted photos with the firearm on campus, the site of the infamous 1970 Ohio National Guard shooting, and the pictures quickly went viral. 

She has been met with criticism from gun control activists, including the students who survived the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Activist David Hogg retweeted Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, saying, “White privilege is a helluva drug.” 

“You did this in Ohio, where Tamir Rice and John Crawford were fatally shot for holding fake guns. You’re still alive … not even arrested — after bringing a semiautomatic rifle to school. That’s white privilege,” Watts added.

Bennett went after Hogg early Thursday, challenging him to a “real conversation” about guns.

Other Parkland high school students and gun-control activists chastised Bennett for the pictures. 

Bennett appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday to say she wanted to take the photo to “take a jab” at the firearms policies Kent State has.

{mosads}The university has rules against students, faculty and staff carrying deadly weapons on campus, but no policies for guests.

“My problem is that it’s kind of insinuating that they care more about the lives of their guests than the lives of their students that spend four or more years on that campus,” Bennett said.

She said she’s been the victim of “blatant racism” and death threats following the photos.

“They’re saying that I have white privilege for going out on campus with my AR-10 and they’re saying this all has to do with me being white that I was able to do this,” Bennett said. “I think that is very insulting to minorities.”

“Four people died at this school from a shooting in 1970. Classy, Kaitlin,” South Florida high school studen Emilie Smith tweeted.

Tags ar-10 assault-style weapons David Hogg Florida Florida Gun control Kaitlin Marie Kent State shooting Kent State shootings Kent State University March For Our Lives Moms Demand Action Ohio Parkland Parkland school shooting Shannon Watts Stoneman Douglas High School shooting White privilege

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