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Kent State graduate goes viral after posting photo with gun



KENT, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A Kent State University student who graduated over the weekend has gone viral after posting a photo of herself on campus carrying a rifle following graduation.

In a photo posted to Kaitlin Bennett's Twitter account, she can be seen carrying an AR-10 rifle. Her graduation cap reads, "Come and take it."

"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," Bennett said on Twitter.

Kent State University has a policy barring students, staff and faculty from carrying guns on campus.

Bennett followed up the tweet with, "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 says she is the founder of a gun advocacy organization, Liberty Hangout at Kent State. She says the organization promotes the values of LibertyHangout.orgon campus.

On May 4, 1970, four Kent State students were shot and killed on campus when Ohio National Guard members opened fire on a group of Vietnam War protesters. Nine others were injured.

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