The Blast spoke with Kaitlin Bennett, who commemorated her graduation at KSU over the weekend with a photo shoot highlighting her firepower. There was a mix of support and opposition to Bennett's post.
The images were posted to Twitter and went viral.
'Students, staff, faculty, and third parties doing business with the university are further prohibited from possessing, storing, or using a deadly weapon while outside on university grounds, that is owned, operated or leased by the university, ' the rules state.
He also said that all guns are banned at Dix Stadium and that Bennett notified the university of her intent to have the photos taken. "I find it insulting that the school values the lives of their guests more than those attending the university for four years".
Bennett also decorated her graduation cap with a firearm and the popular saying for gun rights activists, "Come and take it".
School policy prohibits anyone associated with the school to carry weapons, like teachers and students, but a school official tells us "After graduation, [Bennett] joined the ranks of our proud graduates".
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. "So on the time of this photograph, she and different graduates could be permitted to open keep on our campus".
In a subsequent tweet, she posted another photo from her shoot and wrote that she has "no apologies" for the photos. "As a lady, I refuse to be a sufferer & the second modification ensures that I haven't got to be".
In another tweet, she railed against critics who referred to her AR-10 as an "assault rifle".