Kaitlin Bennett (born October 15, 1995) is an American gun rights advocate, anti-abortion activist, and social media personality. Bennett received media attention in 2018 for open-carrying an AR-10 rifle at Kent State University after graduating.
Early life and education
In May 2018, Bennett graduated with a degree in biology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Bennett is engaged in 2019.
Bennett gained notoriety in 2018 when her graduation photo, featuring her holding an AR-10 long gun in front of the university sign, received substantial online attention. She stated that as a student at Kent, she should have been able to open-carry for self-defense, citing the 1970 Kent State shootings where Ohio National Guardsmen fired on unarmed students protesting the U.S. bombing of Cambodia.
Later that year, Bennett organized an open-carry rally at Kent State. The university released a statement that a cease and desist had been issued against advertising the event, as Bennett had not attempted to register the event with the university. She returned to Kent State in November to host a discussion on gun rights.
Following her initial protest of Kent State, Bennett became a correspondent for Infowars. Due to her affiliation with Infowars, she was excluded from a campaign event for Bernie Sanders.
In January 2020, clips began surfacing online of Bennett's 2019 interviews with University of Kentucky students. Originally posted by Liberty Hangout with the title "College Students Have No Morals", the videos show Bennett questioning the students on the issue of resources for transgender people in bathrooms. The clips quickly became popular on social media, with users entertained by the dichotomy between Bennett and the interviewees' reactions to the topic. One student seen in the interviews used the online attention to raise money for charity.