US woman carries AR-10 rifle to university graduation

  • 18/05/2018
She's been accused of white privilege for her actions.
She's been accused of white privilege for her actions. Photo credit: Kaitlin Bennett / Twitter

A US woman sparked outrage after carrying an AR-10 rifle to her university graduation.

Images taken for Kaitlin Bennett's Kent State University graduation photos show her with the weapon slung across her back. On her graduation cap were the words "Come and Take it".

Ms Bennett shared the image to social media, explaining she did so as a protest against gun control laws.

"Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus," she said.

"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."

This is a reference to the infamous 1970 Kent State massacre, where unarmed college students were killed by the Ohio National Guard during a mass protest.

Kent State University bans students, staff and faculty from carrying "deadly weapons", however graduates and visitors are allowed to openly carry weapons on campus.

Ms Bennett spent her time as a student advocating for students to be able to carry concealed weapons on campus.

"I believe that if the government has it, we should have it. Machine guns - any weaponry," Ms Bennett told The Post on Tuesday (local time).

"We should be able to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government."

But her photo has attracted criticism from some who viewed it on Twitter.

"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," one wrote.

"You have no reason to have that anywhere near an institution like @KentState and I firmly believe that by having photos like this taken where you're slapping their rules in the face you're the worst kind of gun advocate," another wrote.