Kent State graduate's photos with AR-10 and cap go viral

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In her graduation post on Facebook, Bennett wrote, "3 meetings with student conduct, 2 expulsion attempts, and a petition to get my student group kicked off campus. all for nothing".

The day after commencement, Bennett strapped on an AR-10 on her back to prove a point.

Bennett was referring to the infamous 1970 incident at the university in which Ohio Nation Guardsmen opened fire on student protesters, killing four and wounding nine.

"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". However, the graduate says not all messages have been negative.

But since her pictures went viral, she has received positive, negative and even troubling reactions, including death threats.

While Bennett received a lot of support for the photo and for standing up for gun rights, she also received a lot of criticism.

"What is going on, where is the other side", said Bennett, it was in that moment she decided to make a stand. Assault rifles have been banned for decades.

Bennett, who was raised by a Republican family in Zanesville, Ohio, knew her photo would provoke backlash.

Bennett, who just graduated with a BA in biology, told Campus Reform in an interview that her tweets were inspired by her longstanding concern with how Kent State's policies reduce the ability of students to protect themselves on campus. "The black officer that was with us during this photoshoot loved it, actually".

"Graduates are no longer considered students and would be permitted to open-carry, per the university policy", said Eric Mansfield, the school's executive director of media relations. "Give him a call", she wrote.

Kaitlin later tweeted, "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be".

Others were skeptical of her theory that it could help defend her against the National Guard and some felt because of Kent State's history, the campus was an inappropriate place for Bennett to stage her photos.

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