Tense protest greets gun rights activist on USF’s Tampa campus

Tense protest greets gun rights activist on USF’s Tampa campus

Police create a barrier between a group of protesters and Kaitlin Bennett, a gun rights advocate who hosts a show called Liberty Hangout during her visit Wednesday to the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. With less than a month before the presidential election, many college campuses — usually hot spots for presidential campaigns in normal times — remain largely empty. But during a tense gathering Wednesday on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus, dozens of students showed up to challenge Kaitlin Bennett, a 24-year-old gun rights activist who has risen to social media fame as “Gun Girl.” She arrived around 11 a.m. and riled a crowd of masked students for hours. Bennett first rose to fame after carrying an AR-10 rifle in her graduation photos at Kent State University and has toured college campuses, generating social media storms on Twitter and TikTok. She also produces content for Liberty Hangout, described on its website as a libertarian media outlet. Gun rights activist Kaitlin Bennett is escorted from the USF campus by private security after filming an episode of her show. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ] At USF, Bennett began interviewing students outside the Marshall Student Center before a crowd began to gather around her, chanting and booing for hours. As the number of protesters and onlookers grew, they moved outside the nearby theater building, where Bennett was separated from most of the crowd by a railing, her personal security and university police. “She’s a troll,” said Joanna […]

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