'Come and take it': Death threats over graduate’s photo
AN AMERICAN graduate has received death threats after taking aim at her university's anti-gun policies in a photo shoot where she carried an AR-10 and held a cap that said: "Come and take it".
Kaitlin Bennett, 22, founder of Liberty Hangout, a student media outlet that promotes libertarian values, recently graduated from Kent State University in Ohio and posed in front of the uni's student centre for the tweet that has gone viral.
The conservative student from Zanesville in Ohio is a strong supporter of the United States Constitution's Second Amendment that allows people the right to keep and bear arms.
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
"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 tweeted on Sunday.
Ms Bennett told Fox News she wanted to condemn the school's "insulting" policies.
"I wanted to draw attention to the gun policies on campus that allow guests to open carry, but not students," she said. "I find it insulting that the school values the lives of their guests more than those attending the university for four years."
The university has a rule against students, faculty, and staff carrying "deadly weapons". But Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield told Fox News that because Ms Bennett was no longer a student, she violated no policies.
"After graduation, she joined the ranks of our proud graduates," Mr Mansfield said. "So at the time of this photo, she and other graduates would be permitted to open carry on our campus".
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
Mr Mansfield noted that KSU has a full-time, certified police force of more than 30 sworn officers who protect the campus and the university was recently ranked the safest big college campus in Ohio and the 25th safest in the country, according to National Council for Home Safety and Security.
Wouldn't it be awkward if the people calling my AR-10 in my grad photos an "assault rifle" found out assault rifles are banned & the AR-10 fires at the same rate as any modern pistol?— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 16, 2018
Don't talk about gun control when you can't even get your facts straight.
Ms Bennett said even though she's received death threats because of her post, she has no regrets. "I have no apologies for my graduation photos," she tweeted on Tuesday. "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be."
In another tweet, she made it clear her gun is an AR-10 and not an "assault rifle" as many had claimed. "Don't talk about gun control," Ms Bennett wrote, "when you can't even get your facts straight."