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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:47 AM
KENT, Ohio — A recent graduate from Ohio's Kent State University posed on campus with her AR-10 in photos that quickly went viral and sparked a heated debate on social media.
According to USA Today, "the university bars students, staff and third parties doing business with Kent State from possessing deadly weapons" on school grounds. However, that rule doesn't apply to visitors as long as they keep their weapons out of campus buildings.
"Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus," 22-year-old Kaitlin Bennett tweeted Sunday along with a photo of her carrying her rifle and a graduation cap that reads, "Come and take it."
"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," she added with the hashtag #CampusCarryNow. In 1970, National Guardsmen shot and killed four student protesters on campus.
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 pic.twitter.com/a91fQH44cq— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 13, 2018
The image, which has received more than 18,000 likes and 4,400 retweets, prompted thousands of replies from critics and supporters.
may I just ask what exactly you need a weapon like that for other than a task that would lead to mass destruction. that’s a weapon of war. was this to merely start controversy or are you just an extremely hostile and dangerous person? you shouldnt be taking so much pride in this— nikki (@astrlolgy) May 14, 2018
But Black Women can’t take a nap in her dorm’s common room without the police being called?— Dr. Caroline Madden (@cmaddenmft) May 16, 2018
Are you guys scared ? Cause it sounds like it. I enjoy seeing Americans ready to defend themselves. I see no problem with it. Just relax no need to get worked up over the sight of a gun.— AciemPatriot (@AciemPatriot) May 15, 2018
My father who was at the Kent shooting fully supports what you're doing! More Americans nees to understand what a LAWFUL gun owner looks like, instead of getting triggered over the sight of firearm...— Justin Bilyj (@JustinBilyj) May 16, 2018
Bennett later tweeted another photo, saying she had "no apologies."
"As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be," she wrote.
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 Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 15, 2018
She also said she has gotten a job offer and marriage proposals since her post went viral.
Not only have I received a job offer tonight, but several young men have offered their hands in marriage to me. I'm sorry I have to decline. I have a boyfriend. pic.twitter.com/q7YX4oi2Pi— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 17, 2018
But she said she has received threats, as well.
“Gun control advocates are trying to call me violent for my graduation picture that promotes the right to self-defense, meanwhile I'm getting threatening messages like this in my inbox from these very same people,” she tweeted along with a screenshot of a Twitter user’s threat to “beat the [expletive] out of her.”
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — A young girl drowned and her twin brother was hospitalized Friday after they were found in a swimming pool while staying with a babysitter in Tennessee, according to Knox County sheriff’s deputies.
The children, who were identified only as nearly 2-year-old twins, were staying at a home on Fox Lonas Road in West Knox County when the incident happened, deputies said. Their babysitter told authorities that she began to look for the twins after another child arrived at her home around 10 a.m. Friday.
She said she found them in the deep end of a swimming pool, deputies said.
First responders attempted to revive the children and rushed them to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in critical condition, WBIR reported.
Deputies said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was on life support Friday.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
— A metro Atlanta man told WSBTV that he is “just lost” after losing nine of his relatives in a duck boat accident on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake on Thursday.
“I don’t know. I can’t place it. I can’t imagine it,” Gary Coleman told WSBTV. “We’ve had a death in the family — one or two. Not a whole family at one time.”
Gary Coleman and his wife, Carolyn Coleman, who live in Riverdale, said it doesn’t seem real.
There were 11 Colemans on the duck boat and only two survived, Gary Coleman said. He said they were on an annual family trip. WSBTV learned the family wasn’t supposed to be on that specific duck boat, but a ticket mix-up is why they were on board.
Early Thursday, he released a photo of eight of the relatives who died in the accident. Gary Coleman said everyone in the photo except for the woman on the far left, Tia, and the teenage boy on the far right, Donovan, died in the accident, according to WSBTV.
“I’ve just been looking at this picture all day,” he told the news station.
The family is from Indianapolis. Gary said the deceased include two of his brothers, Butch and Ray, his niece Angela, his nephew Glen and his grandnephews Maxwell and Reese. Butch’s wife, Belinda, also died, as did two young children, who Gary Coleman didn’t name.
Tia and Donovan Coleman were the two survivors.
The accident killed 17 people and injured 14 when the boat capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Officials said the victims range in age from 1 to 70 years old.
Gary and Carolyn Coleman question why the boat went out at all.
“My biggest question is why did that boat go out? They had thunderstorm warning all day coming through Kansas and Missouri,” Gary Coleman said.
Though the loss of nine family members is devastating, they’re trying to find solace through their faith.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
HOUSTON — A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.
UPDATE on this morning's fatal shooting at 6600 Main Street: pic.twitter.com/Srgvcss4rW— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 20, 2018
The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.
Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.
Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.
“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:57 AM
LANCASTER, S.C. — A Marine stationed in Norway traveled around the globe to surprise his father in South Carolina on his birthday.
The two reunited in an emotional moment at Friday’s celebration for Perry Clanton, an assistant volunteer fire chief, in Lancaster, South Carolina. Family and friends gathered for the occasion at the Buford Fire and Rescue building.
Clanton thought he was doing an interview with WSOCTV, but instead, his son, Cpl. Matthew Clanton walked into the room.
“I’m so proud of him, to have him home,” Perry Clanton said. “No one told me anyone would be here. (It) truly is a gift.”
Perry Clanton was also honored for his work in the community with diabetes. His father-in-law died from complications of diabetes a few years ago, and Clanton was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015. He lost more than 100 pounds to get healthy and urged others to do the same.
“He's always been there for me,” Matthew Clanton said. “If this is one thing I can do for him, to be here for him, he’s one of my big heroes that I look up to.”
Matthew Clanton gave his father a plaque, with a proclamation calling the day “Perry Clanton Day."