Media coverage of school shootings has polarized views of guns on campus. Those who feel like guns are the problem vilify students who look to guns as a means of self-defense. Law abiding citizens get caught up in this political debate. Now one former student is flaunting the absurdity of restrictive gun laws.
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
Kent State University graduate Kaitlin Bennett is using Twitter to spread her message.
She recently posted a photo of herself strolling around on Kent State’s campus with an AR-10. She tagged her photos “#CampusCarryNow.”
The debate about guns at Kent State took a turn on December 19, 2016, when Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill that legalized campus carry. Yet each university had the option to opt out of campus carry. Kent State doesn’t allow students to carry on campus.
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
What is even more absurd about this argument is that guests can carry on campus. Ohio is an open-carry state.
After she graduated, Bennett was not technically a student. To prove her point, she strapped on her AR-10 and went back to campus. She even wrote “Come and Take It” on her graduation cap. With the gun on her back, she walked around campus and had her picture taken.
“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.” She tweeted.
“Gun control advocates are trying to call me violent for my graduation picture that promotes the right to self-defense, meanwhile I’m getting threatening messages like this in my inbox from these very same people,” she tweeted.
The response has not been all positive. While many are supportive of her mission, others have threatened physical violence.
“I could address the fact that my rifle is not an assault weapon but I’m much more concerned that you just said you’d rather kill me than let me take a photo on campus,” she responded to another, now deleted, post.
Others simply want to criticize her choice of guns.
Kent State is no stranger to controversy surrounding guns. In 1970, four student protestors were killed on campus when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd protesting the US bombing of Cambodia.
It remains unclear if Bennett’s protests will have an impact on the policy’s of Kent State.