Kent State University graduate Kaitlin Bennett posted a photo of herself walking on campus with an AR-10 demanding “#CampusCarryNow.”
On December 19, 2016, Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill legalizing campus carry but allowing each university system to decide if it would allow it on its campuses. To date, Kent State has not permitted it.
Moreover, Kent State has a policy against allowing students to open carry on campus, although open carry is legal in Ohio. In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal on April 25, 2018, Bennett said, “Kent State is one of the few schools in Ohio that decided that students wouldn’t be permitted to open carry on campus while guests can.”
Upon graduating, no longer a student, Bennett donned her AR-10 and a graduation cap that said “Come and Take It” and walked through campus:
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
Two days later, Bennett followed up on the post by tweeting, “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”:
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
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