Kent State Grad's Rifle Photo Declares 'Come and Take It'


In Bennett's accompanying message to her photo, she wrote, "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".

Bennett referred to the 1970 campus shooting by the Ohio National Guard that killed four students and injured nine others during a protest against the Vietnam War.

"I'm glad that my photos are making headlines, because my intent was to start a discussion about gun rights on college campuses", Bennett told USA Today.

In the photos, she poses around Kent State University's campus wearing a white dress and and a gun holster around her body.

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Bennett, who tweeted she has received death threats because of her photos, called those threats the "biggest advocates for gun rights". However, the graduate says not all messages have been negative.

Some Twitter users replied to Bennett's photos with disapproval or worse.

"To make sure the government can't go against the citizens", she said. Do you not see the problem here?

"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.

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

In response, Bennett suggested such critics "speak to the BLACK officer who was with us the entire time".

"The presence of a firearm would have deterred this assault", she wrote. One Twitter used commented, "If person of color was walking around campus with a gun the whole damn police station would come and shoot them in a second #WhitePrivilege". Where do you stand?

"I wanted to draw attention to the gun policies on campus that allow guests to open carry, but not students", she said.

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"Students, staff, faculty, and third parties doing business with the university are further prohibited from possessing, storing, or using a deadly weapon while outside on university grounds, that is owned, operated or leased by the university", reads Kent State's policy, according to CBS News.