Kent State University graduate whose photos with AR-10 went viral to host campus gun rally
Updated 10:28 AM; Posted 10:28 AM
Kaitlin Bennett's Big Pro-Gun Rally Speech: No More Compromise
By Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com [email protected]
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kaitlin Bennett, the Kent State University graduate who gained Internet fame with graduation photos where she posed with an AR-10, will host an open carry rally at the university this fall.
Bennett posed with the gun to protest the university's weapons policy. Kent State bans students, staff, faculty and people doing business with the university from carrying "deadly weapons" on its campus, which includes firearms and explosive devices.
Since Bennett is no longer a student or person doing business with the university, she is allowed to carry a weapon outside on campus. She will host a rally at Kent State Sept.29.
She tweeted about the rally Friday night, writing that she plans to bring out a great lineup of speakers.
The advertisement attached prompts people to join "Liberty Hangout, Infowars and the 'triggered Millennials'" at the rally.
On September 29th, I will be returning to Kent State to host an open carry rally. We plan on bringing out a great lineup of speakers, and appreciate any help we can get to make this the greatest gun rally of the year! #KSUOpenCarryRally https://www.gofundme.com/kait-bennett039s-kent-state-gun-rally
5:25 PM - Aug 10, 2018
Kait Bennett's Kent State Gun Rally
On Saturday, September 29th, Kaitlin Bennett will be hosting an open carry rally at Kent State University. The rally comes just months after her graduation photos bearing an AR-10 rifle at the scho...
In the spring, Bennett, as the founder of Kent State's chapter of the "right-leaning Libertarian" group Liberty Hangout, organized an open-carry walk on campus. About 40 people protested, according to the Record-Courier.
Since her graduation photos went viral in May, Bennett went on Fox & Friends and spoke to outlets like the Washington Post to explain her photos.
She now has more than 94,000 Twitter followers and uses her account to face off with gun-control advocates. Bennett drew attention when she challenged David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to an arm wrestling match.
She is now the grassroots director of Liberty Hangout.
The initial graduation photo now has more than 9,200 retweets and 7,500 replies.
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
12:19 PM - May 13, 2018
Visitors to campus can't carry weapons into school buildings, but can have them on property.
On May 4, 1970, four students were killed and nine were wounded at Kent State after the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of students who were protesting the war in Vietnam. The shooting sparked student-led strikes which closed universities across the country.