Graduate's photo carrying rifle goes viral

Student celebrates graduation by taking huge AR-10 rifle to university

Conservative student's parting shot at college's anti-gun policies goes viral: 'Come and take it'

In Bennett's accompanying message to her photo, she wrote, "Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus".

"Thanks to all who have sent me death threats for taking a picture", she tweeted May 16. But the vocal Second Amendment advocate became an instant target for violent threats, insults and shaming by those who disagreed with her views.

Kaitlin Bennett was photographed with the gun and the words "come and take it".

"I needed to attract consideration to the gun insurance policies on campus that enable company to open carry, however not college students", she mentioned. "I find it insulting that the school values the lives of their guests more than those attending the university for four years".

She also released a flurry of tweets in response to the thousands of comments from the public.

Bennett just accepted her diploma on Saturday. Kent State University's policy prevents students, staff, and faculty from carrying a firearm inside buildings an on the campus grounds.

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A Kent State University graduate has "no apologies" for her now-viral graduation photos which featured her carrying a rifle on campus. Therefore, she doesn't qualify as a student or a third party "doing business with the university". "So at the time of this photo, she and other graduates would be permitted to open carry on our campus".

When you pose like this on graduation day it will get people talking, which is exactly what she wants-a conversation on guns and gun control.

But campus police can't always intervene fast enough, Bennett said, arguing that "pulling out a gun is easier than dialing 911".

After viewing a tweet aimed at her "white privilege", Bennett talked about a black police officer who she said was present at the photo shoot.

Kent State University was recently ranked the safest college campus with more than 10,000 students in OH and the 25th safest in the country by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

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". She told ABC News that she wanted the photo to "show who I am as a person".

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