Photo of college graduate wearing AR-10 rifle goes viral

Kaitlin Bennett poses with an AR-10 rifle and graduation cap after the 2018 commencement ceremony at Kent State University

Kaitlin Bennett poses with an AR-10 rifle and graduation cap after the 2018 commencement ceremony at Kent State University

"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.

School policy prohibits anyone associated with the school to carry weapons, like teachers and students, but a school official tells us "After graduation, [Bennett] joined the ranks of our proud graduates". The photo is made more dramatic because the gun, held vertically, is nearly as tall as Bennett.

A former Kent State University student and her rifle went viral after graduation photos showcased an AR-15 strapped to her back while walking through campus, but the school has no issue with her shot thanks to a well-timed loophole. 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.

It is a tradition at many colleges for students to decorate their graduation caps with clever sayings and personal messages. She has no apologies for anyone who may have been offended by the photo. "#CampusCarryNow", she posted on Twitter Sunday. Bennett says Twitter suspended that person's account. Do you not see the problem here?

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"Don't talk about gun control", Bennett wrote, "when you can't even get your facts straight". "Give him a call", she wrote. She's now armed with a new degree in biology - the study of life, not liberties. The group has been "promoting peace, prosperity and property rights since 2015", according to its website.

Moreover, Kent State has a policy against allowing students to open carry on campus, although open carry is legal in Ohio. "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be".

In two days, the photo has been shared hundreds of thousand of times by other social media users and news outlets.

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