Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty University President, Calls For Arming Students On Campus
In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting, some people are calling for increased gun ownership.
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, urged his students during a Friday convocation to arm themselves.
“I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, we could end those Muslims before they walked in,” pause for overwhelming applause, “and kill them.”
Elsewhere in the speech, Falwell railed against President Obama’s push for more gun control and reiterated his desire for more people to own guns, referencing that he carries one himself.
Falwell has had a concealed-carry permit for about a year, but started to carry one after the San Bernardino shooting, he told The Washington Post.
Falwell wanted to clarify that when he said “end those Muslims,” he meant the people who carried out the attack. “That’s the only thing I would clarify,” said Falwell. “If I had to say what I said again, I’d say exactly the same thing.”
Students are required to attend the Friday convocation. Liberty University offers free gun courses, which Falwell alluded to during his speech.
Liberty University is the largest private non-profit university in the world, the largest university in Virginia and the largest Christian university in the world. Falwell says that the university is open to all faiths, and estimates there are about 15-20 Muslim students at campus.
In this election cycle, the university has become a frequent spot for presidential candidates to make speeches. Of those, only Bernie Sanders was a Democrat.
In Virginia, residents must be 18 years or older to purchase a shotgun or rifle. They must be 21 years old to apply for a concealed-carry permit and purchase a handgun.
Falwell’s father, famed evangelist Jerry Falwell, had his issues with Islam, calling Muhammad “a terrorist,” and claiming that he was a man of war in an interview with 60 Minutes.