Kaitlin Bennett, Kent State’s “Gun Girl,” Continues Her Pro-2nd Amendment Activism on Campus

Nov. 21, 2018
by Bob Adelmann

When this author first visited the pro-gun activism of Kaitlin Bennett in this space back in May, he reported that she was going to remain active in the freedom fight on the Kent State University campus: “I’m going to continue my political activism on campus since I’ll continue living in the area. But this time I’ll be able to be armed.”

She was referring to the “gun-free zone” policies levied against students while on campus which restricted her right to defend herself with a firearm while an undergraduate. But the day after graduation, she dressed up in a provocative white dress and heels, put on her AR-10 semi-automatic rifle, carried her mortar board emblazed with “Come and Take It!” and had photographs taken outside the student union. She posted them on her Facebook page, adding:

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 four unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus [in 1970].

Not surprisingly, the combination of her pose, her posture and her position caused her Facebook entry to go viral. On Tuesday she added:

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.

After graduation, Bennett took a position with a local gun shop and continued her pro-gun activism. She has scuffled on social media with David Hogg, tweeting “I have a challenge for you. Let’s arm wrestle. If I win, we get to keep the 2nd Amendment. If you win, we turn in our guns. Deal?” When Hogg failed to respond she tweeted, “It’s alright guys, the 2nd Amendment is safe.”

Her high profile activities have caught the attention of Fox and Friends, NRATV, and Alex Jones’s InfoWars, as well as protestors who have hounded her both on social media and stalked her in person. In July Bennett tweeted:

Sitting here eating lunch when I just got a call from the FBI letting me know people have been reporting threats against me to them. Imagine being so peaceful and tolerant that you have the FBI looking into threats you make against blonde girls who support the 2nd amendment.

She and the group she founded and ran while on campus, Liberty Hangout, held an “open carry gun walk” on campus in September. So outraged were anti-gun groups that hundreds showed up in protest, forcing the university to hire between 300 and 400 SWAT officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, and police from across the state to keep the peace. Hundreds of protestors showed up and four were arrested.  It cost the university an estimated $65,000.


Gun-carrying or -advocating demonstrations by the right seldom if ever turn violent because of the actions of the right. The left carries rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, and clubs to its demonstrations – and uses them. This is according to plan for violent revolutionaries. See how they’re funded in this FREE report.


When Michael Heil, the student who took over Liberty Hangout after Bennett’s graduation, applied for permission to hold a meeting in the KSU student center to hear Bennett speak in November, the university approved on condition that his group come up with $1,800 to pay for security. Heil obtained the legal assistance of Freedom X law group out of Los Angeles, which filed suit against the university. Heil claimed that not only was the fee unfair, it rewarded protestors likely to show up with protection from their own illegal behaviors. As William Becker, the Freedom X lawyer, explained:

By assessing such security fees against the Plaintiffs, Defendants … are responsible for ratifying an unconstitutional heckler’s veto, taxing protected speech, and rewarding those who disrespect the solemn and precious freedoms safeguarded by the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Such a fee assessment against the student sponsors of the event effectively curtails their ability to hold it due to the high cost of security and amounts to a form of censorship and punishment.

Furthermore, wrote Becker, the fees were discriminatory and arbitrary:

KSU determines the amount of security fees it assesses against a group based upon the reaction to controversial speakers by hostile agitators.

KSU makes no pretense that its security policy at any location on campus shifts the financial burden for security to [Liberty Hangout].

Last Tuesday, a federal judge stopped Kent State from charging Heil and his group the security fee and the meeting went ahead, with Kaitlin Bennett as the speaker, on Monday night.

The judge, John Adams, said he was “gravely concerned” that the school’s policy might infringe on Bennett’s and the group’s First Amendment rights by using Bennett’s past history of pro-gun activism to determine whether or not she would be allowed to speak. Adams added, “We can’t allow protestors to shift the [financial] burden to the speaker and her organization.”

A former hearing over the lawsuit will be held in early December. In the meantime, Bennett’s group won’t get a bill from the university pending its outcome.

It’s remarkable what one well-informed and highly motivated activist can accomplish in the freedom fight. Officials named in the lawsuit may have a different point of view.

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Sources:

McAlvanyIntelligenceAdvisor.com: The Republic Needs More Kaitlin Bennetts! (May 2018)

WesternJournal.com: Judge Blocks University’s Attempt to Infringe on ‘Gun Girl’s’ First Amendment Rights

KansasCity.com: Gun-toting Kent State grad wants to arm wrestle Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg

MadWorldNews.com: “Darling Davis” Assaults Pro-Gun Kaitlin Bennett, Gets Brutal Surprise From FBI

Background on Kaitlin Bennett

Who is Kaitlin Bennett, the “Kent State gun girl,” beyond her online persona?

TheNewPolitical.com: The “Kent State gun girl” said her gun rally will go on as scheduled, despite setbacks

Ohio.com: Judge bars Kent State from charging gun-rights student group security fee; KSU alumna to speak

The lawsuit: LIBERTY HANGOUT, a registered student organization at Kent State University; and MICHAEL HEIL, an individual; Plaintiffs, vs. BEVERLY J. WARREN, in her official capacity as President of Kent State University; et al.

Ohio.com: Gun-rights group files suit against Kent State over fees for upcoming event

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