Photo of Kent State graduate carrying AR-10 on campus goes viral

Clay Curtis
May 17, 2018

A gun-loving OH college student's graduation photos are going viral after she chose to carry an AR-15. "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", with the hashtag #CampusCarryNow.

In a second photo posted by Bennett, in which she's looking over her shoulder and smiling, the caption reads, "I have no apologies for my graduation photos".

A woman who graduated from Kent State University in OH has caused an uproar over a campus photo shoot.

But Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield told Fox News that because Bennett is no longer a student, she violated no policies.

In April, a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student named Brenna Spencer shocked many by posing for a graduation photo wearing a "Women for Trump" T-shirt and a handgun sticking out of the waistband of her white jeans.

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

It is a tradition at many colleges for students to decorate their graduation caps with clever sayings and personal messages.

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'It definitely is a race thing. if this would have been a black student he probably would have been arrested or maybe even worse, ' one user wrote on Twitter.

Bennett's post was retweeted almost 3,000 times, liked more than 12,000 times, and had 1,600 comments as of Wednesday afternoon. And though this policy may be well-intentioned, Bennett says that it suggests that students are less deserving of protection.

"This rifle is legally owned". Do you not see the problem here? She says, "It just made me more determined to promote gun rights on campus, and I figured what better way than to open carry a rifle after graduation and have a photo shoot".

When someone questioned if the police would support Bennett's public display of the firearm if she were black, Bennett replied. "Give him a call", she wrote. "Stand your ground. You go girl a lot of us have your back", another commenter wrote.

"As a woman, I refuse to be a victim and the Second Amendment ensures that I don't have to be", she tweeted.

Bennett said in a tweet that now that she has graduated, she is allowed to carry a gun on campus.

Kent State's website said the university has rules forbidding students, faculty and staff from carrying "deadly weapons".

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