Many students celebrate graduation by throwing their caps in the air and taking photos filled with smiles.
In a subsequent tweet, she posted another photo from her shoot and wrote that she has "no apologies" for the photos.
In an interview with Campus Reform, Bennett explained her protest further, saying, "Kent State University is a school in which the government shot four unarmed students 48 years ago".
Bennett, who earned a biology degree, was one of the students who helped put together an open-carry event at the campus in April, according to the Kent Record-Courier.
Kent State policy says students are unable to carry any "deadly weapons", but now that Bennett has graduated, she is no longer restricted and can carry.
Bennett, who studied zoology at the university and is a digital content producer for the libertarian website Liberty Hangout, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, "I made a decision to come back to campus and take graduation photos with an AR-10 because I wanted to start a conversation about gun rights on college campuses". "I discover it insulting that the varsity values the lives of their company greater than these attending the college for 4 years".
As president of the university's chapter of the libertarian media outlet Liberty Hangout, she's used to being attacked, said Bennett, who was also formerly president of the Kent State chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative organization.
But campus police can't always intervene fast enough, Bennett said, arguing that "pulling out a gun is easier than dialing 911". You're the biggest advocates for gun rights.
Bennett mentioned although she's acquired demise threats due to her submit, she has no regrets.
To which the gun rights advocate replied; "The black officer that was with us during this photoshoot loved it, actually".
"A lot of the feedback has been pretty harsh", said Bennett, "I've received death threats, people have told me to kill myself, and there have been racially charged comments". As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be. The message Bennett chose: "Come and take it", referring to her gun. "Give him a call", she wrote. The website says the group has been promoting peace, prosperity and property rights since 2015.