Over the weekend, 22-year-old Brenna Spencer posted her college senior photo on Twitter. She has been receiving very mixed reactions.
Spencer, who’s a senior at the University of Tennessee, captioned the photo with “I don’t take normal college graduation photos.”
She can be seen wearing a “women for Trump” shirt and lifting it to expose the handgun in the waistband of her pants. The post quickly went viral.
Despite receiving what Spencer called a “surprising amount of hate,” she says she has no regrets.
“I know the Tennessee state gun codes …. I carry everywhere that I’m allowed to carry,” the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga student told ABC News.
On her Twitter bio, she says that “political correctness offends me.”
Spencer says she works for Turning Point USA, which is a right-wing propaganda center. Turning Point keeps a “professor watchlist” that tracks professors who “push liberal propaganda” and “discriminate against conservative students.”
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Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Pretty clear from this why you posted though. pic.twitter.com/FMBo3ESKtt
— Mama Jean B (@mamajeanab) April 8, 2018
I’m 100% pro gun but brandishing a firearm for a photo shoot or showing it off to try and look cool is just stupid. They are tools. Why brag about carrying a gun?
— Reed (@osellr) April 8, 2018
Flaunting a gun in public w/o fear of police reprisal is definition of white privilege. This is NOT responsible gun ownership. A gun is a tool, not a “selfie accessory”. Grow up.
— Occam (@OccamRazorsEdge) April 10, 2018
I’m embarrassed that it was taken in Chattanooga 🤦🏽♂️
— TaylorBold. (@TaylorBold) April 9, 2018
Here’s another picture of a woman with a gun. Just executing her rights… right? pic.twitter.com/Th6JjgTMdh
— Mayziedog25 (@mayziedogbert) April 10, 2018
As an Australian this is the stupidest photo I’ve ever seen, what’re you (Americans) trying to protect yourself from? Make your way to Australia to experience true and safe freedom without guns
— liv (@flashyhowell) April 10, 2018
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) April 9, 2018
She better be careful if she ever meets Trump, he could cause that thing to go off when he grabs her!
— Dylan Everett (@Dylan_E_Everett) April 8, 2018
I own a gun, but I don’t need to stick it in my waistband to try to look tough. I’d rather look intelligent. No one is trying to take it from you either. That’s just pure fear mongering to your “kind.” #DontShootYourCoochOff
— 🇺🇸🌊Proud-Hardened-Dem🌊🇺🇸 (@danicalynn1988) April 8, 2018
Women for Trump, that’s like black people for apartheid.
— Andreas (@twirbert) April 8, 2018