Kent university student brings battle rifle to college graduation

Kent university student brings battle rifle to college graduation

Kaitlin Bennett’s graduation photos, unlike those of most students in general, are going viral and stirring much uproar in social media.

Why, you ask? Well, this 22-year-old Kent State University graduate chose to go to her graduation with a rifle — a high-powered, semi-automatic rifle.

The photographs, which Kaitlin herself shared on her social media platforms, show her on Kent State University’s campus with the AR-10 slung over her shoulder and a graduation cap in her hand reading, ‘come and take it’.

“Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus,” Kaitlin tweeted Sunday. “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.”

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,”.

In her graduation post on Facebook, Kaitlin, a biology student, wrote, “3 meetings with student conduct, 2 expulsion attempts, and a petition to get my student group kicked off campus…all for nothing. I graduated & the left did not win.”

The university bars students, staff, and third parties doing business with Kent State from possessing deadly weapons.

“I’m glad that my photos are making headlines, because my intent was to start a discussion about gun rights on college campuses,” A USA Today report quotes Kaitlin. “At Kent State in particular, guests may protect themselves with firearms, but students cannot, and I find that insulting.”

While Kaitlin seems to be very pleased with the positive response she has received for her stint, there has a strong wave of reaction against her as well. Many have accused her of “white privilege” and enticing violence.

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