The 22-year-old had an AR-10 semi-automatic rifle strapped to her back, holding a graduation cap with the words 'come and take it' Image: Twitter
It has been 50 years since the Ohio National Guard opened fire into a crowd. They were a bunch of unarmed, unaware students, gathered to protest against the Vietnam War. The firing killed four and wounded another nine. And now, the same campus of the Kent State University has seen Kaitlin Bennett pose with an AR-15 gun in her graduation photos.
22-year-old Kaitlin, the founder of a Right-Wing group, Liberty Hangout, did a photoshoot on the university campus the day after her graduation, wearing a white dress with a rifle strapped over her back, holding a graduation cap in her hand that read, "Come and take it."
Her reasons were explained clearly in her tweet when she shared the picture on her Twitter page, "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."
Ever since she posted the click last weekend, her Twitter page has been flooded with hate messages despite the 23K likes on the picture and television appearances. The question was, why is there a gun on campus?
But Kaitlin remained unaffected by the negative comments and stands by her stance. For years, she has advocated for students to be able to carry concealed weapons on campus, but in vain. Now that she's a 'non-student' she can finally do it.
While Kaitlin, and many others like her in America today, feel this sort of a licence is imperative for self-protection, can we really say that handing a gun to someone to avenge any wrongdoing they might encounter is a solution to everything? At what point does a person holding a gun for self-protection become the arsonist? We have to go with Tweeple on this one. No, Kaitlin, guns are not cool.