A picture of a Kent State University graduate carrying a rifle and graduation cap with the words "Come and take it" has taken the internet by a storm.
Going by her Twitter profile, Kaitlin is a gun rights activist and believes the United States' Second Amendment is "intended as means for Americans to defend themselves against the government,".
Kaitlin Bennett tweeted that she could "arm herself" now that she was a graduate.
"Wouldn't it be awkward if the people calling my AR-10 in my grad photos an "assault rifle" found out assault rifles are banned & the AR-10 fires at the same rate as any modern pistol?" she wrote. "On campus I would never carry an AR-10 for self-defense", she said to Fox & Friends.
"You see in the media a lot about college students and high school students, being advocates for gun control", Bennett told WKYC. "I find it insulting that the school values the lives of their guests more than those attending the university for four years".
Kent State prohibits the possession, storage or use of a "deadly weapon" - which includes firearms - by students, faculty and staff, according to its policy on the Kent State website.
Bennett said she waited until after graduation to post the picture due to school regulations.More news: Atletico Madrid Win Third Europa League Title
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Kaitlin Bennett didn't like the rules that kept her from carrying a gun on campus. The photo is made more dramatic because the gun, held vertically, is nearly as tall as Bennett. "You proved exactly why people carry". The results? Photos that have swept social media by storm.
"That was a threat", wrote Amanda Berk in response to a post by Asher Underwood regarding Bennett's viral tweet. Please explain or clarify if you have the inclination.
"I think that those should be legal", she said. Give him a call. In 2014, Urban Outfitters received a massive amount of backlash for selling a distressed Kent State sweatshirt that appeared to be blood-soaked. "Safe? LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO", wrote another @Treysouls.
Death threats and graphic language were hurled her way, but Bennett calmly noted that these clowns were only reinforcing her view about Second Amendment rights.
In the photo above, Bennett smiles alongside a "Make America Great Again" flag in support of the president.
But campus police can't always intervene fast enough, Bennett said, arguing that "pulling out a gun is easier than dialing 911".