Urge Kent State Graduate to Remove and Apologize for Grad Photos with AR-10

Target: Kaitlin Bennett, Kent State University Graduate

Goal: Demand Kent State graduate apologize for pictures featuring assault-style weapon and take them off the Internet.

A recent Kent State University graduate posted photos of herself on the campus with an AR-10 rifle slung across her back. The photos were taken to mark Kaitlin Bennett’s graduation as well as to highlight the fact that students at the school are not permitted to carry firearms. As a graduate, and therefore no longer a student, Bennett was able to legally carry the gun for her photos. Bennett posted the photos on the Internet, where they have ignited new debate on gun control.

Those who oppose Bennett highlight the fact that four students were killed on the Kent State campus during Vietnam protests. Furthermore, many people argue that as a white graduate, Bennett was privileged in her ability to take these photos without causing any unsettlement on the campus. Had a graduate of color attempted to take the same photos, there may have been more unrest.

Ultimately, the casual idea of firearms and deadly weapons in academic settings is insensitive. Sign this petition to urge Bennett to apologize for the photos and remove them from the Internet.


Dear Ms. Bennett,

Your graduation photos on the Kent State University campus with the AR-10 rifle are insensitive to the gun violence that is occurring in our nation, specifically in academic settings. Furthermore, your ability to easily take these photos so casually truly disregards the racial bias that is associated with gun possession. Had a graduate of color attempted to take the same photos, they perhaps would not have been able to do so as easily or as comfortably as you did. I urge you to apologize for the photos and remove them from the Internet.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kaitlin Bennet, Twitter

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  1. Benjamin Saragoussi says:

    I believe in gun ownership, and will never sign these dumb pettions having to do with more gun control. I live in nyc, where the thugs are packing illegal guns, and we’re at their mercy. Fuck gun control.im glad she posed with her ar-15. FUCK GUN CONTROL.

  2. Robert Stanger says:

    You go girl.dont let them bully you or your right of freedom of speech

  3. gen agustsson says:

    enough with guns already.

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