You may remember Kaitlin Bennett from earlier this year when she took a stand for the Second Amendment on the Kent State campus, posing with her AR-10 in her cap and gown on school grounds.
Bennett’s photo went viral and received the usual backlash from the anti-gun crowd, but she said she wanted to make a statement that now that she’s graduated, she’s allowed to arm herself on campus. The caption to her photo read: “Now that I graduated from @KentState, 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. #CampusCarryNow.”
Despite the hate and death threats she received for her 2A stance, Bennett refused to apologize, insisting instead that she refuses to be a victim and the Second Amendment ensures she doesn’t become one.
I have no apologies for my graduation photos. As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be. pic.twitter.com/5CKmQobrMb
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) May 15, 2018
She seemed like a refreshing voice among the millennial generation – something that conservatives need during a time when the millennials are turning 18 and beginning to vote more liberally than their parents and grandparents.
As of late, though, Bennett seems more focused on getting attention than actually portraying 2A activists in a positive light. Take her latest tweet, where she poses with a semi-automatic rifle in a nude body suit and nothing else.
Rifles and heels. My two favorite things 👠💎 pic.twitter.com/n9pQqI1AE4
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) December 15, 2018
Her Instagram feed mostly consists of her posing with her guns while scantily clad as well.
What point does this serve? How does it help conservatives advocate for the right to bear arms? Answer: it doesn’t. All it does is glamorize and sexualize weapons that aren’t glamorous or sexual at all. After all these are weapons that can (and do) take lives.
Bennett seems to be grasping for relevance – her 5 minutes of fame is up and instead of speaking out about gun safety, constitutional carry or even why more and more women are choosing to empower themselves by carrying a firearm, she instead chooses to show the world a lot of skin along with her gun collection.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) December 16, 2018
I don’t know about you, but as a gun owner myself, I prefer not to showcase my collection on the internet for everyone and their mother (including the government) to see.
I just cleaned my M&P 15 Sport II in the backyard while I played with my 2 German Shepherds. No heels or photographers were involved. I just unfollowed that little fool.
— C.J. (@grandtejas) December 16, 2018
I find the testimonials, particularly from women, about how they warded off home intruders etc to be about 100,000,000 times more appealing than this. I never understood it, in reality. How shallow does one have to be to be motivated for anything by this? pic.twitter.com/o21vZO86Q4
— Jon Sutz (@JonSutz) December 16, 2018
I guess at at least her finger is off the trigger in her photos, although shooting bullets into the air isn’t a good look.