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University to host gun rally in support of campus carry

Event will be hosted by activist known for pro-gun graduation photo

Kent State University will play host to an open-carry rally next month, with the event hosted by a recent graduate of that school whose pro-gun graduation photos went viral last spring.

The event, moderated by gun activist Kaitlin Bennett, is intended to “create dialogue about campus carry, talk to students about why gun control doesn’t work, and bring gun owners and 2nd amendment supporters together,” according to its Facebook listing. Bennett became nationally known last spring after her “graduation photos bearing an AR-10 rifle at the school went viral, igniting a national conversation about campus carry,” the event states.

“With all the media focus around Kaitlin and her activism since her photos went viral, she hopes this rally will be even bigger,” the Facebook event declares, noting that, while open carry is permitted on the campus, concealed carry is forbidden.

At the time of this posting a little over 100 attendees were confirmed, with almost 800 “interested.”

Bennett’s viral photo generated immense media coverage at the time of its release, including a profile in The Washington Post. “I believe that if the government has it, we should have it. Machine guns — any weaponry,” Bennett told The Post at the time, adding: “We should be able to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government.”

The event at Kent State this September will be co-hosted by Liberty Hangout, “a libertarian media outlet which strives to bring readers relevant insight into current events, as well as promote Austrian economics and property rights.”

Learn more about the event here.

MORE: A new women’s gun advocacy group highlights the popularity of Texas campus carry

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