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Kent State grad poses with AR-10 in photos

The Detroit News

A Kent State University graduate caused a stir on campus when she posted photos of herself with an AR-10 strapped to her back.

Kaitlin Marie posted the photos of herself on Twitter on Sunday, which showed her with AR-10 rifle strapped to her back. CBS News reported the grad’s name as Kaitlin Bennett.

“Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus,” she wrote on her Twitter page. “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.”

In the photos, she carries her graduation cap, with the words “Come and take it” on the cap’s mortarboard.

Other posts by Bennett give a shout-out to Blue Target Firearms in Ohio for selling her her first gun “and for also offering me job tonight!” with a hashtag #CampusCarryNow.

“I’m honored to defend the 2nd amendment alongside you guys.”

On Tuesday, she tweeted: “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.”

Twitter users were both supportive and insulting, even threatening.

“... Someone needs to take u out,” one poster said, after which she wrote: “Gun control advocates are trying to call me violent for my graduation picture that promotes the right to self-defense, meanwhile I’m getting threatening messages like this ...”

Others applauded her move.

“Hahaha yeahh from someone who spent lots of time at Kent. This makes me so happy that you did this. Stay strong!!