Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Come and take it'

'Come and take it'

In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal on April 25, 2018, Bennett said, "Kent State is one of the few schools in OH that decided that students wouldn't be permitted to open carry on campus while guests can". "To see that tweet, 'Come and take it, ' as if lives weren't taken on that campus due to gun violence, just shocked me", she said.

"Kent State University was recently ranked the safest big college campus in OH and 25th safest in the country, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security".

Bennett sent out a follow-up tweet to clarify she was holding an AR-10 rifle, not an "assault rifle", after many lashed out at her.

It is a tradition at many colleges for students to decorate their graduation caps with clever sayings and personal messages.

Some Twitter users replied to Bennett's photos with disapproval or worse. "#CampusCarryNow", she posted on Twitter Sunday. "So I'm not nervous", said Bennett. Assault rifles have been banned for decades.

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Bennett says her main motivation for the photo was in response to pushback she received for organizing an on-campus open carry walk to promote gun control.

Bennett said even though she's received death threats because of her post, she has no regrets. "The black officer that was with us during this photoshoot loved it, actually".

Bennett also got support on Twitter, with one person writing, "The gun offsets your dress beautifully!" Where do you stand?

Kent State University's policy prohibits students, staff, and third parties doing business with the university from having a deadly weapon inside buildings and outside campus grounds. "Kent became an open-carry campus in the previous year and there were many protests from that, the incident of May 4 not forgotten". The college student-run organization is a right-wing group that vows to protect the Second Amendment.

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