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Kaitlin Bennett: How a young American fights for gun rights
Content warning: rape, rampage
Hardly any US activist is so hated online: With her long, curly hair, her love for guns and her radical political convictions, 25-year-old Kaitlin Benett made her breakthrough on social media to become the notorious "Kent State gun girl". The young American does not hesitate to share her views on Instagram. “Not a feminist. Doesn't love to live in Mexico, ”she clarifies in her profile description there. But who is behind the controversial activist, who was just a normal student until a few years ago?
With an assault rifle on campus: How Kaitlin Bennett got famous
With her graduation photos from Kent State University, Kaitlin Bennett wanted not only to celebrate her completed biology degree, but also to make a political statement. The graduate was photographed in 2018 in a white dress and with the AR-10 firearm on her back. In her hand she holds her graduation cap: "Come and take it" is written there. At Kent State University, only students are not allowed to arm themselves - but after graduation, Kaitlin Bennett counts as a visitor and is allowed to carry a weapon openly on campus. Kaitlin Bennett protests against these regulations with her graduation photos. She sticks her tongue out imaginarily at the administration: Ätschi-bätsch. You can't take the gun away from me now.
"I thought to myself, what better place than Kent State University would be to fight for my right to self-defense?" Says Bennett on her Youtube channel "Liberty Hangout". It sounds like a bad joke: There was a rampage at Kent State University in 1970. The Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesters during a protest against the Vietnam War. Tasteless? The young activist sees it very differently. Just because four unarmed students have been killed, it would be just right to fight for gun rights at their university.
Kaitlin Bennett posts one of the snapshots on Twitter. “I can finally arm myself on campus,” she proclaims. What happened then, according to the young activist, would have changed her whole life. Your post will be shared thousands of times in a short amount of time. The graduate, who is baptized as Kent State Gun Girl by the Internet, not only receives plenty of encouragement, but is also showered with hate reports and death threats. “I wanted to delete my Twitter account,” says Bennett. However, with the support of her family and her boyfriend Justin Moldow, now husband, the incident would have made her a stronger person. “You think threatening me will silence me,” Bennett smiles at her opponents. "But all they have done is prove why we need firearms in the first place"
Liberty Hangout: How Kaitlin Bennett exposes political opponents
The YouTube channel “Liberty Hangout”, founded by her husband, also received a sudden boost from Kaitlin Bennett. The pre-gun-girl videos, in which Justin Moldow tries to host a podcast, are drowned in the mass of videos. Kaitlin Bennett was promptly made the face of Liberty-Hangout. The video quality improved, and the fresh graduate was equipped with a microphone. The trick is: Since the blonde gun activist was seen in front of the camera, it was raining clicks. The video "Kaitlin Bennett’s 10 craziest Encounters With Liberals" was viewed more than 3 million times. It begins with a scene that spread like wildfire on the Internet: At a demonstration, Bennett holds the microphone out to a young woman who shouts a demo slogan. “She'll eat it,” jokes Kaitlin Bennett. In terms of the young woman's wide open mouth, Bennett would defend himself. Not the excess weight of the protester, who immediately feels attacked by Kaitlin Bennett. "What did you just say !?", she takes an intimidating step closer to the activist. Then it comes to Kaitlin's iconic sentence: "You know, I carry right?"
Taxes are theft? Kaitlin Bennett's Political Beliefs
As the channel name already suggests, Kaitlin Bennett does not only refer to herself as a conservative or Trump supporter, but also belongs specifically to the political trend “libertarianism”. Specifically, this means: It is against state regulations. “Taxes are theft,” Kaitlin tries to convince a group of girls in a video. What, according to Bennett, taxes are used for? Unnecessary things. For example health care. The girls react indignantly. “I don't have any health insurance. That's crap, ”explains one of them. “That's not my problem,” replies Kaitlin Benett unaffected.
In addition, the US activist represents a traditional worldview. "I'm not sure whether it is best for our country that women vote," she said lightly during an interview. Would she forbid women from voting? Probably not. But Kaitlin Bennett appeals that women should indulge in family, marriage and gender roles. "The same people who complain about misogyny are the ones who see women only as sex objects who have to spread their legs for sex and satisfaction," the Gun Girl fires at her critics. She is particularly vocal about abortion. That is murder. Is it all just a strategy? The political commentator Tomi Lahren, also libertarian, had her own program canceled a few years earlier after she spoke out in favor of abortions. It would be hypocritical to demand a restricted government while supporting state regulation on abortion. But Kaitlin Bennett sees it differently. According to her, a human life begins with conception. “You don't have the right to end someone else's life,” she explains.
The big clown show: Kaitlin Benett pillories the political left
Kaitlin Bennett makes fun of people in her videos who don't share her values. In her channel trailer, the Gun Girl proclaims that it is her mission to expose how violent, intolerant and radical the left really is. She visits demonstrations, university campuses and other public places to question people on specific political issues. The video titles on her channel make clear her intention to expose people who think differently: “Climate activists caught littering”, “College students have no morals” or even “The most confused man in America”. At one point a woman asked not to be put on video. Kaitlin Bennett puts it on the thumbnail as a satisfaction. Ha! Anyone who doesn't share Kaitlin Bennett's beliefs has a bad chance of doing well in the video. With skilful conversations, she puts her political opponents in the shade: Anyone who argues must have all the facts precisely ready. For example, if a respondent claims that Trump is racist, he or she should immediately provide an exact quote. Of course, most people have not prepared for unexpected political discussions and argue very weakly - this allows Kaitlin Bennett to easily portray them as uneducated citizens. If the interviewee is a Trump supporter himself, however, she does not ask too vigorously.
Pelted with toilet paper and chased off campus
Kaitlin Bennett doesn't just face waves of hate on the internet. "I hope someone [...] rapes you," freaks a protester during a conversation with Bennett. Especially among the younger generation, Kaitlin Bennett is often recognized and insulted in her interviews. When the 25-year-old visits a university campus, it doesn't take long before she is surrounded by angry students. A rumor is spreading on the Internet that Kaitlin Bennett is said to have pissed his pants at a party. So the Gun Girl at Ohio University is thrown with toilet paper. It is not uncommon for the demonstrators or students to get violent: after Bennett has given a few interviews on the campus of the University of Central Florida, she has to flee to a restaurant from an angry mob. The students hit the pane, show her the middle finger and scream at her. Finally, with the help of the police, she is brought to safety. "I think there are hidden terrorists at US universities," is how Kaitlin Bennett sums up this experience. The shock is written on her face. But the Gun Girl is not intimidated. “Even if I get hatred, that won't stop me,” she once described her persistence in an interview. “My message is Campus Carry and I support every single person who insults me (...). I support your right to self-defense. "
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