A U-T Chattanooga senior is sticking to her guns after posting a graduation photo that shows her staring wistfully off-camera while lifting her “Women for Trump” T-shirt to expose a firearm in her waistband.
Despite receiving what she called a surprising “amount of hate” on social media, 22-year-old Brenna Spencer says she has no regrets.
“I know the Tennessee state gun codes… I carry everywhere that I’m allowed to carry,” she said in an interview.
On Twitter, where Spencer’s profile states “political correctness offends me,” she posted the photo with the caption: “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…”
The post quickly went viral, with some complimenting the shot; others called it reckless.
One woman alerted police in an apparent attempt to have Spencer arrested. “@ChattanoogaPD would you like to give us your two cents?” Victoria Silva tweeted. “Per the thread, this young female is taking a photo w/ a firearm, in an area w/ a posted “no-weapons” policy. This showboating behavior is irresponsible, reckless, & potentially dangerous.”
The photo was reportedly taken outside the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, which bans firearms inside.
Others were supportive – and offered tips to the grad-to-be.
“Good job supporting second amendment, but you should have a proper holster that holds the weapon securely and fully protects the trigger guard,” a Twitter user wrote in response to the photo.
Spencer responded promptly: “I do! I have a belly band on it’s just not seen in the photo!”
Spencer, who will graduate with a communications degree, says she owns several firearms and works for Turning Point, a conservative nonprofit.