University rules prohibit staff, students or visitors from carrying weapons on campus. I ought to have been in a position to take action as a scholar - particularly since four unarmed college students had been shot and killed by the federal government on this campus.
Kaitlin Bennett shared photos of herself wearing an AR-10 rifle strapped to her back and her graduation cap in hand.
Although it is against University policy for students to carry deadly weapons, Bennett did nothing wrong because she waited until after receiving her diploma to grab her gun, and technically was no longer a student. However Kent State College spokesman Eric Mansfield advised Fox Information that as a result of Bennett is not a scholar, she violated no insurance policies.
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 OH and the 25th safest in the country, according to National Council for Home Safety and Security. "These officers are visible, well-trained and on duty 24/7 in support of students, staff and faculty".
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While Bennett received a lot of support for the photo and for standing up for gun rights, she also received a lot of criticism.
On Tuesday, Bennett posted another picture.
"As a woman, I refuse to be a victim and the Second Amendment ensures that I don't have to be", she tweeted.
"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?" she wrote.
Bennett says her main motivation for the photo was in response to pushback she received for organizing an on-campus open carry walk to promote gun control.