For all of our faults and failings, one of the things America got right was the First Amendment. Having the freedom to assemble together to protest and voice our opinions is a powerful right we have as Americans. Moreover, protests and challenging the status quo have been the catalysts for change throughout our Nation’s history. These feelings appear to be shared by the Kent State Gun Girl, Kaitlin Bennett.
But who exactly is she, and is she really out for change? Keep reading below to find out more about the controversial gun-toting young woman.
Who is Kaitlin Bennett
Kaitlin Marie Bennett was born on October 15, 1995. She is a polarizing gun rights activist and far-right-wing social media personality. In addition, Kaitlin graduated from Kent State University with a Biology Degree in May 2018. Eventually, she would gain notoriety for openly carrying an AR-10 rifle on campus after graduating and posing for post-graduation photos in front of a university sign holding the weapon.
The stunt was in protest against students not being allowed to open carry firearms. Kaitlin believed students should be able to protect themselves at all times. Meanwhile, she pointed to the Kent State shootings in 1970 as evidence of this need.
A Quick History Lesson
The Kent State shootings occurred on May 4, 1970. As a result, thousands of students had assembled to protest America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the advance into Cambodia. Fearing unrest, the National Guard was called in to maintain order and disperse the unarmed crowd.
Tensions would rise as the crowd refused to leave. Consequently, the National Guard began throwing tear gas into the crowd, the crowd responded by throwing rocks and bottles back. The soldiers would march on the students in an attempt to force them to leave. Soon, the soldiers found themselves cornered on a fenced-in football field. As the soldiers returned to their previous position, 28 Guardsmen would suddenly turn and open fire on the students.
Close to 70 shots were fired in an estimated 13-seconds. Nine students were wounded when it was over, and four were killed; Allison Beth Krause, 19, William Knox Schroeder, 19, Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20, and Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20. Unfortunately, all of them were unarmed.
Kaitlin Bennett’s History of Controversy
After graduating and using the Kent State shootings to push her agenda, Kaitlin Bennett would marry Justin Moldow in April 2020. Moldow is the founder of the self-identified libertarian media outlet Liberty Hangout.
In January of 2020, Kaitlin visited the University of Kentucky and recorded herself asking students questions and recording their reactions as she asked them questions about transgender rights. After that, the video which was posted on the website of Liberty Hangout was ironically titled ‘College Students Have No Morals.”
Kaitlin attempted the same style of questions in February 2020 at Ohio University. This time she was planning to ask students a series of President’s Day questions. However, the students were having none of it. A large group of students gathered and began throwing drinks and toilet paper at Katlin, driving her off-campus.
Later in February, after the Ohio University incidents, Kaitlin and Liberty Hangout would come under harsh criticism when statements appeared online of the outlet supporting Holocaust denial, monarchy, disfranchisement, and antisemitism.
As a far-right activist, Kaitlin has contributed to the fake news conspiracy theorist website InfoWars. The refuse website spews insane and arguably evil lies aimed at the highly uneducated. Supposed theories are spread by the site claim. To clarify, the site claims that the attacks in New York on 9/11 and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings were faked or perpetrated by the US government.
The site Kaitlin Bennett and her husband have chosen to align with is run by the controversial Alex Jones. In between lies and ramblings, much of the content provided by Jones is peddling survivalist gear and dietary supplements.
The Wedding of Kaitlin Bennett
Kaitlin and Moldow married amid the Covid outbreak in a small ceremony in April 2020. The couple blamed the government for forcing them to have a smaller wedding than they had planned.
A year later, in April of 2021, the couple would have another ceremony in front of a larger group of family and friends. Against a backdrop of a pandemic that has killed 600,000 men, women, and children in the US alone, Moldow posted a comment saying, “This was not a day we were ever going to let be robbed from us, it was well worth the wait!”
So did Kaitlin carry a gun at her wedding? Possibly, She seems to want to take them everywhere else.
Kaitlin Bennett has spoken out and used her rights and freedoms to express herself and her views. But has she used hate and tragedy to bolster her brand? It’s not for me to say. I’ll let the Kaitlin Bennetts and Alex Jones of the world spout their vile hurtful views. After all, it’s a right far better men and women than myself fought and died for. I’ll simply leave this… in a little over six months in 2021, there have been over 240 mass shootings with over 1200 victims in America.