Kent State Grad's Rifle Photo Declares 'Come and Take It'

Student celebrates graduation by taking huge AR-10 rifle to university

The tweets combined have received more than 24,000 likes and 7,000 comments; while many people were outraged by the images, others encouraged Bennett to "hang in there" and continue to express her beliefs.

She added that she should have been able to carry as a student, especially after the 1930 Kent State shooting when four students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen.

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".

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

Kaitlin Bennett, who graduated Saturday from Ohio's Kent State University, posted a photo with a semi-automatic rifle slung over her shoulder while carrying her mortarboard cap with the inscription, "Come and take it".

"I believe not only that those four students would still be alive today had they had the right to carry on campus, but that students today would be much safer", Bennett explained.

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She notified the university of her intent to have the photos taken.

"Kent State University was recently ranked the safest big college campus in OH and 25th safest in the country, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security", Mansfield said in a statement. In a subsequent tweet, she posted another photo from her shoot and wrote that she has "no apologies" for the photos. "Why does the school value the lives of guests more than those paying thousands of dollars to attend the university?" Mansfield said they were taken Sunday, the day after graduation.

"I wanted to draw attention to the gun policies on campus that allow guests to open carry, but not students", she said.

In another tweet, she railed against critics who referred to her AR-10 as an "assault rifle".

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

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