Kent State University in Ohio prohibits students from carrying on campus. But non-students are allowed to carry on the public property in and around the college all day long.
For Kaitlin Bennett, 22, a former student, the policy makes little sense. Because if strangers can carry, she should be able to carry too.
Upon graduating Sunday, Bennett decided to make a statement. She slung an AR-10 over her shoulder and strutted around the premises in a white sundress. No longer a student, it was perfectly within the law and the university’s policy on guns for her to do so.
She then posted photos of her pro-2A protest on Twitter. And it didn’t take long for the photos to go viral.
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
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
Bennett spoke to different media outlets about her 2A views. Turns out she’s unapologetically pro-gun.
“I believe that if the government has it, we should have it. Machine guns — any weaponry,” she told The Washington Post on Tuesday.
“To make sure the government can’t go against the citizens,” she continued. “We should be able to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government.”
She spoke about the criticism she’s received, some of it racially tinged, to Fox Host Steve Doocy.
“I was not expecting the blatant racism that’s been thrown at me,” said Bennett. “They’re saying that I have white privilege for going out on campus with my AR-10.”
“I think that’s very insulting to minorities,” Bennett said. “I don’t think that anything bad would happen to them.” She further noted that she, “had a black police officer with me the whole time [she was taking photos]. He was just … he loved it.”
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