Brenna Spencer University of Tennessee Pro Trump college senior causes disconcert after posting pro gun photo on social media.
It seems there is little love lost between one Tennessee college senior and her detractors after the 22 year old self avowed pro Trump supporter took to social media to ‘flaunt’ her pro gun conservative views.
The flurry of backlash came after Brenna Spencer, a University of Tennessee student at Chattanooga posted graduation photos of herself on twitter over the weekend.
In one photo, the unrepentant Donald Trump supporter is seen wearing wearing a red t-shirt with the message, ‘Women for Trump’ while at the same time showing off her gun exposed along her bare midriff and ‘neatly’ tucked into her white jeans.
Read the captioned photo, ‘I don’t take normal college graduation photos’.
The provocative photo (define provocative….), which was first posted to Twitter on Saturday, has since generated more than 75,000 likes, 10K retweets and more than 10K comments.
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
Brenna Spencer pro gun supporter widely reviled and applauded:
Some commenters on Twitter were unhappy over what they perceived as Spencer’s flouting of gun laws.
Tweeted one user, Reed, ‘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?’
Responded Spencer, ‘Because I’m proud of my second amendment right and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!’
Others reacted more harshly, using coarse language to describe her views and her looks.
Spencer said she was surprised at the response.
‘I did think that it would get a little attention but not to this degree,’ she told ABC News.
‘It was really, really surprising to see the amount of hate that I got.’
Spencer also told of receiving positive messages even from those who disagree with her while respecting her right to express her opinion.
Offered Spencer who tries not to be affected by what others may think of her, ‘I try to stay off the comments, to be honest,’
‘I just know that I got a lot of hate.’
this is so laughable. she is not interested in empowering women but in her own 15 minutes of fame. ok you got it now go away and do something worthwhile.
— Sandra Jesionek (@JesionekSandra) April 10, 2018
My family has fought and died so you can freely express your first and second amendment rights. Keep it up! The majority is with you.
— Jerry Oates (@jo_inboiseid) April 10, 2018
Tennessee gun friendly:
Tennessee is a relatively conservative state whose gun laws are considered ‘gun friendly.’
In 2014, the state Senate passed a bill allowing Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.
Residents, however, are still required to undergo background checks and training in order to carry concealed firearms.
Tennessee also does not require residents to obtain a permit before buying a gun.
Spencer is due to graduate from UTC in May. She will have earned a degree in communications and minored in political science.
She also works as a field representative for Turning Point, a conservative non-profit group.
Spencer said she owns several guns.
‘I carry everywhere that I’m allowed to carry,’ she said.
Of note, UTC does not permit gun owners to carry weapons on campus.
I think she looks great with it. Good to see an intelligent beautiful girl think for herself and let people know she can protect herself. If this offends u then you’re not pro gun as you say.
— DstantEarlyWarning🇺🇸 (@early_distant) April 10, 2018
Marcy, may I call you Marcy? There is nothing irresponsible about the photo. And I would argue that her decisions demosntrate siginficant responsibility – for herself and her rights.
— Todd Noebel (@ToddNoebel) April 10, 2018
Respect. I should not be shocked by the nastiness aimed at you by the left, yet, I am. Respect for others opinions and respectful discourse has become something most progressives are incapable of. Don’t ever let them cower you. That’s how they win. Stand tall.
— Leah Kostiuk (@KostiukLeah) April 10, 2018
You don’t need a an actual gun to be empowering….
— Reign~` (@Reign85451034) April 9, 2018