Kent State graduate's photo with AR-10 goes viral

Kaitlin Marie  Twitter

Kaitlin Marie Twitter

Kaitlin Bennett shared photos of herself wearing an AR-10 rifle strapped to her back and her graduation cap in hand.

These photos have caused Twitter users to rally with support or shake their heads from secondhand embarrassment.

The recent college graduate addressed the backlash she received for having an "assault rifle" in the pictures and detailed that an AR-10 "fires at the same rate as any modern pistol".

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She was with her family and her boyfriend Sunday, the day after she graduated, when the photo was taken, she said.

Bennett said she had been planning the photo shoot with the "family" firearm for weeks leading up to graduation. "I don't know why they are threatening anyone".

As president of the university's chapter of the libertarian media outlet Liberty Hangout, she's used to being attacked, said Bennett, who was also formerly president of the Kent State chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative organization.

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Mansfield famous that KSU has a full-time, licensed police pressure of greater than 30 sworn officers who shield the campus and the college was lately ranked the most secure large school campus in OH and the 25th most secure within the nation, in accordance with Nationwide Council for House Security and Safety.

A college graduate's photo of her carrying a rifle has gone viral. The officers are visible, well-trained and on duty 24/7 to protect students, staff and faculty. The message Bennett chose: "Come and take it", referring to her gun. "Give him a call", she wrote. Another student Brenna Spencer, from Chattanooga Tennessee, gained an even larger mass of attention for sporting a Women For Trump shirt and having a firearm tucked away in her trousers. Bennett said, "I've received death threats, people have told me to kill myself, and there have been racially charged comments.I don't get it".

Bennett, who graduated Saturday with a bachelor's in biology, plans to pursue a job in the field.

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Initially, she was inspired to use her voice after the Parkland shooting, when many spoke out on gun control. "There's so many people who aren't getting it - it's just a photo shoot".

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