Photo of college graduate wearing AR-10 rifle goes viral

(WHDH) — A photo of a Kent State University student posing with a rifle and a graduation cap that says ” COME AND TAKE IT” has gone viral.

Kaitlin Bennett posted the photo on Twitter, drawing the attention of many, with a caption that read: “Now that I graduated from Kent State, 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.”

The tweet was retweeted more than 2,000 times and it generated thousands of more replies.

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.

The series of tweets brought about many harmful threats, according to Bennett, but she said she has no apologies for the photos.

“As a woman, I refuse to be a victim and the second amendment ensures that I don’t have to be,” Bennett said in a tweet.

Kent State held its graduation ceremony this past weekend. Michael Keaton made an appearance as the commencement speaker.

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