Although the photo has received ample amounts of criticism, Bell isn't going to apologize for her graduation pictures. After days of unrest over America's invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, student protesters clashed with Ohio National Guardsmen.
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.
It is a tradition at many colleges for students to decorate their graduation caps with clever sayings and personal messages.
The past few days have been trying, but Bennett plans on standing her ground and exercising her 2nd amendment right.
Some Twitter users replied to Bennett's photos with disapproval or worse.
Bennett said even though she's received death threats because of her post, she has no regrets. Do you not see the problem here?
Bennett, who was raised by a Republican family in Zanesville, Ohio, knew her photo would provoke backlash.
That prohibition didn't apply to Bennett, however, because after her graduation, she was "no longer restricted under the policy as a student", Eric Mansfield, university spokesperson, told Fox 8. "You say you don't want to take away legally owned guns, but had NO IDEA that the rifle pictured is legally owned", she replied to other commenters. "The black officer that was with us during this photoshoot loved it, actually". One Twitter used commented, "If person of color was walking around campus with a gun the whole damn police station would come and shoot them in a second #WhitePrivilege".
"The presence of a firearm would have deterred this assault", she wrote. During her time at Kent State, she founded a chapter of Liberty Hangout, a small libertarian media outlet dedicated to promoting peace, prosperity, and property rights.
Kaitlin later tweeted, "As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be".