Gun-loving Ohio college student wears an AR-10 in her graduation photos

  •  Kaitlin Bennett, founder of right-wing group Liberty Hangout, held at photo shoot at the Kent State University the day after graduation
  • She wore a short, white dress with the rifle strapped over her back and held a graduation cap which read: 'Come and take it'
  • 'Now that I graduated from Kent State, I can finally arm myself on campus,' Bennett wrote in the post
  • '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'
  • Bennett was referring to a 50-year-old incident when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on Vietnam War protesters, killing four and wounding nine others
  • Photos have been shared thousands of times and sparked a fierce debate 

By Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:36 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 16:48 EDT, 16 May 2018

A gun-loving Ohio college student's graduation photos are going viral after she decided to carry an AR-15. 

Kaitlin Bennett, founder of right-wing group Liberty Hangout, held at photo shoot at the Kent State University the day after graduation.

Photos show Bennett, wearing a short, white dress with the rifle strapped over her back. In her hand, her graduation cap read: 'Come and take it.'

Kaitlin Bennett posted her graduation photos showing her wearing a short, white dress with the rifle strapped over her back
Kaitlin Bennett posted her graduation photos showing her wearing a short, white dress with the rifle strapped over her back

Kaitlin Bennett posted her graduation photos showing her wearing a short, white dress with the rifle strapped over her back

'Now that I graduated from Kent State, I can finally arm myself on campus,' Bennett wrote in the post. '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.'  

She was referring to a 50-year-old incident when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on Vietnam War protesters, killing four and wounding nine others.

Another photo showed Bennett walking away from the camera, past a sign for university, with the gun over her shoulder.

In one tweet, she wrote that the AR-10 'fires at the same rate as any modern pistol,' not an assault rifle.

In another photo, walking away from the camera, she holds her graduation cap which read: 'Come and take it'
In another photo, walking away from the camera, she holds her graduation cap which read: 'Come and take it'

In another photo, walking away from the camera, she holds her graduation cap which read: 'Come and take it'

Bennett has also shared photos of herself posing with other weapons, and waving a Trump, Make America Great Again flag.

University rules prohibit staff, students or visitors from carrying weapons on campus.  

'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,' the rules state.

In her tweet, Bennett wrote that the rules no longer applied to her as she was not a student, and says she told the university on the day of her photo shoot.

In another, she wrote: '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.'

Bennett has also shared photos of herself posing with other weapons, such as this one holding a handgun
Bennett has also shared photos of herself posing with other weapons, such as this one holding a handgun

Bennett has also shared photos of herself posing with other weapons, such as this one holding a handgun

The right-wing gun lover also appears to be a fan of President Donald Trump
The right-wing gun lover also appears to be a fan of President Donald Trump

The right-wing gun lover also appears to be a fan of President Donald Trump

The photos, which have been shared thousands of times, provoked a fierce debate on social media where many criticized Bennett's stance that students should be able to carry because 'the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.' 

'I just love that I have to trust your aim when caught in cross-fire when you 'defend' yourself at a place of learning where you feel it necessary to bring an assault weapon,' one Twitter user wrote.

Another argued: 'The good guy with a gun is a myth. The idea that you'd be able to do anything with a public shooter other than maybe shoot a bystander or get shot yourself by police is idiotic.

'This isn't the old west. You're not Annie Oakley. Welcome to reality.'

Many pointed out how different the photo shoot could have ended if Bennett didn't have the benefit of white privilege.  

'It definitely is a race thing.. if this would have been a black student he probably would have been arrested or maybe even worse,' one user wrote on Twitter.

Some praised the Trump supporter for showing her support for the Second Amendment, while one Twitter user asked students if they would rather 'hide under a desk and cross your fingers?' 

On her website, Liberty Hangout, which posts inflammatory messages and fake news posts on Facebook, Bennett espoused her pro-Second Amendment views and belief that students should be able to carry weapons on campus.

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