Parkland Father Calls for Kaitlin Bennett to Be Stripped of Her Weapons After She Vows to Return to Ohio University With 'Army of Gun Owners'

The father of a Parkland shooting victim has called for Kaitlin Bennett to be stripped of her weapons after she said she would return to Ohio University with "an army of gun owners" for an open-carry walk through the campus.

Fred Guttenberg told Newsweek that Bennett's comment "pushes for the possibility of gun violence" and is just the latest example of why people should not be able to openly carry firearms in public.

Bennett, a gun rights advocate, made the comment on Twitter after an appearance at Ohio University's campus in Athens, Ohio, on Monday. She claimed that her visit had "started a riot"—which campus police denied.

"I will absolutely be returning to @ohiou's campus again, and next time I'll bring an army of gun owners for an open carry walk through campus," she later added on Twitter. "You can't keep us away and you can't keep us silent. Just like Donald Trump, we will always win."

This person @KaitMarieox is desperately seeking attention. However, what she may need is for an ERPO to be issued. Sorry Kait, not getting the attention you wanted is not a reason to threaten gun violence. In fact, your tweet is the reason that open carry should not exist.

— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) February 19, 2020

Guttenberg replied to Bennett's tweet, saying that she was "desperately seeking attention" and that an Extreme Risk Protection Order should be issued against her.

"Sorry Kait, not getting the attention you wanted is not a reason to threaten gun violence. In fact, your tweet is the reason that open carry should not exist," he wrote.

"Comments like Kaitlin's in which she pushes for the possibility of gun violence because she was feeling insulted should result in the immediate removal of her weapons," he added Newsweek.

"I would also add that as we have seen in Virginia, people are confusing open carry with open intimidation," he added, referencing the fears of violence stoked ahead of the pro-gun rally that took place in Richmond, Virginia in January.

Guttenberg also said that armed protesters had shown up in Virginia to "harass" advocates from the Moms Demand Action group a few months ago.

"Kaitlin's tweet is only the latest example of why open carry should not exist," he added. "You now have gun owners using their guns as props to intimidate others because of open carry and it is inevitable that one of these displays will result in gun violence."

Guttenberg has become a vocal gun control advocate since the death of his 14-year-old daughter Jaime in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. He recently made headlines after being removed from the State of the Union after an outburst in response to President Donald Trump's address.

Guttenberg, who set up an organization in his daughter's honor called Orange Ribbons for Jaime, previously told Newsweek that he had acted out because Trump's words were "hateful and inciting and ultimately not doing anything about why gun violence happens."

Bennett, who gained notoriety after open-carrying an AR-10 rifle at her graduation from Kent State University in Ohio in 2018, had been at Ohio University on Monday to film a video asking students about Presidents Day.

She left after less than two hours on campus and alleged on Twitter that her appearance had "started a riot" and that Ohio University Police "let it happen." She also shared video on Twitter of student protesters including some who appeared to throw liquids at her vehicle.

Ohio University Police issued a statement saying Bennett's "unexpected" visit attracted a "large crowd" who were exercising their First Amendment rights, and that no riot occurred at the campus. Bennett has been contacted for additional comment.

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Fred Guttenberg speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon