"#CampusCarryNow", she wrote in a Twitter post that's been retweeted more than 1,800 times and garnered more than 8,500 likes. 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.
But Kent State's policy appears to prohibit the carrying of a deadly weapon on campus by faculty, staff and everyday people as well.
Second Amendment advocate and recent Kent State University graduate Kaitlin Bennett has sparked debate for the way she expressed her opposition to the school's policy against students carrying firearms on campus.
Her reference to the "4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government" is to the 1970 Kent State shooting resulting in the deaths of four students at the hands of Ohio National Guardsmen. The university told Refinery29 that Bennett, now that she's a graduate, is within her rights to openly carry her rifle. In a subsequent tweet, she posted another photo from her shoot and wrote that she has "no apologies" for the photos.
Bennett, who studied zoology at the university and is a digital content producer for the libertarian website Liberty Hangout, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, "I chose to come back to campus and take graduation photos with an AR-10 because I wanted to start a conversation about gun rights on college campuses".
"The university has a full-time, certified police force of more than 30 sworn officers who protect the campus", Mansfield added.
Kaitlin later tweeted, "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be". "Why does the school value the lives of guests more than those paying thousands of dollars to attend the university?" He said, "After graduation, she joined the ranks of our proud graduates".
After graduation, Bennett says she plans to stay in the area.
In another tweet, she made it clear that her gun is an AR-10 and not an "assault rifle".
"I wanted to draw attention to the gun policies on campus that allow guests to open carry, but not students", she said.
"Don't talk about gun control when you can't even get your facts straight", she tweeted.