A photo of a Kent State University graduate carrying a rifle and a graduation cap saying "Come and take it" has gone viral. Kaitlin Bennett, founder of Liberty Hangout at Kent State, posed with an AR-10 strapped to her back in her graduation photos.
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
In another post, she states how she doesn't apologize for exercising her Second Amendment rights.
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
Since posting the picture, her tweet has garnered thousands of likes and retweets and has been reported on by some national outlets.
The university bans students from carrying deadly weapons on campus, but it does not prohibit visitors from carrying them outdoors:
The possession, storage, or use of a deadly weapon by students, staff, faculty, third parties doing business with the university, and visitors is prohibited inside any university building, facility, or vehicle, that is owned, operated or leased by the university.
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.