A university student whose graduation photos show her wearing an AR-10 rifle and a cap that reads “COME AND TAKE IT” said she is receiving death threats.
This week, Kaitlin Bennett, 22, from Kent State University in the US tweeted the images with the caption: “Now that I graduated, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student.”
“Especially since four unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus,” she wrote.
The Twitter post quickly went viral, being retweeted almost 3000 times, and Bennett said she received death threats from other students and members of the public.
In a second photo posted by Bennett, the caption reads, “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.”
“Thanks to all who have sent me death threats for taking a picture. You’re the biggest advocates for gun rights. You proved exactly why people carry.”
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According to the university’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.
However, a representative from Kent State University said the above language does not apply to Bennet because she graduated Saturday and returned to campus Sunday to take the photos.
Therefore, she doesn’t qualify as a student or a third party “doing business with the university.”
Thanks to all who have sent me death threats for taking a picture. You're the biggest advocates for gun rights. You proved exactly why people carry.
— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 16, 2018