Kent State grad takes aim at anti-gun policies

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

But Kent State's policy appears to prohibit the carrying of a deadly weapon on campus by faculty, staff and everyday people as well. But Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield told Fox News that because Bennett is no longer a student, she violated no policies.

However, a representative from Kent State University tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the above language does not apply to Bennett because she graduated Saturday and returned to campus Sunday to take the photos.

Bennett referred to the 1970 campus shooting by the Ohio National Guard that killed four students and injured nine others during a protest against the Vietnam War.

"I believe not only that those four students would still be alive today had they had the right to carry on campus, but that students today would be much safer", Bennett explained.

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.

Bennett posted an additional photo on Tuesday, saying she has no apologies for posting the pictures. "Why does the school value the lives of guests more than those paying thousands of dollars to attend the university?"

Calling for #CampusCarryNow, the 22-year-old tweeted a photo of her strutting through the Kent State campus with an AR-10 slung across her back. "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be".

She captioned the image, liked by 116,000 people and prompting more than 33,800 comments, "I don't take normal college graduation photos..."

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".

While Bennett received a lot of support for the photo and for standing up for gun rights, she also received a lot of criticism.

"Don't talk about gun control when you can't even get your facts straight", she wrote.



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