Kaitlin Bennett, a 22-year-old conservative woman who recently graduated from Kent State University, tweeted the above photo posing with an AR-10 in protest of her school’s anti-gun policies.
Vehemently defending her stance, Bennett’s message has gone viral as she continues to voice her views despite threats and an outcry from those who disagree.
The President Trump supporter is the founder of Liberty Hangout at Kent State, an organization that is aimed at “promoting peace, prosperity, and property rights since 2015,” and hails from Zanesville, Ohio.
Here’s what you need to know about the controversial woman:
1. She Used the Photo as an Opportunity to Take Aim at Kent State University’s Anti-Gun Policies, & Her Message Has Gone Viral
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
Bennett explained on Twitter why she chose to partake in the photo shoot, citing students who were shot and killed on campus at Kent State University.
“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,” she posted on Twitter May 13.
In addition, Bennett expressed to Fox News that she feels insulted by the fact that guests are able to carry, but students are prohibited.
“I wanted to draw attention to the gun policies on campus that allow guests to open carry, but not students,” she told the media outlet. “I find it insulting that the school values the lives of their guests more than those attending the university for four years.”
Kent State does not allow students,faculty, or staff to carry “deadly weapons,” according to the university’s website. However, because she is now a graduate of the university, that rule is no longer applicable.
2. Despite Threats, Bennett is Standing Her Ground
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. pic.twitter.com/VfpxPTZHI0
— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 15, 2018
The viral post has caused many to be outraged, and some are threatening Bennett, who said she has even received death threats.
“Thanks to all who have sent me death threats for taking a picture,” she tweeted May 16. “You’re the biggest advocates for gun rights. You proved exactly why people carry.”
A quick search of social media sites show just how far some are willing to take their opinions.
“That was a threat,” wrote Amanda Berk in response to a post by Asher Underwood regarding Bennett’s viral tweet. “They should take this white girl down. In handcuffs or a body bag.”
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