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Liberty University President Encourages Students to Carry Concealed Guns

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the late religious right leader Jerry Falwell Sr., recently told students at the Christian school in Lynchburg, Va., to carry weapons on campus after Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

He said, “It just blows my mind that the president of the United States [says] that the answer to circumstances like that is more gun control. If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now...Is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know."

His comments were received with loud cheers and clapping. Falwell went on to say “I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in. I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course. Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”

Falwell told The Washington Post on Saturday that he has had a concealed-carry permit for about a year, but decided for the first time Friday to carry a .25 pistol because of the attacks in San Bernardino on Wednesday.

Falwell said that when he referred to “those Muslims,” he was referring to Islamic terrorists, specifically those behind the attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino. A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) disagreed and sent this statement on Saturday:

“My administration is committed to making Virginia an open and welcoming Commonwealth, while also ensuring the safety of all of our citizens. Mr. Falwell’s rash and repugnant comments detract from both of those crucial goals. Those of us in leadership positions, whether in government or education, must take care to remember the tremendous harm that can result from reckless words.”

Although, Falwell said that his comments have received mostly positive support. Falwell also stated, “Jesus said ‘Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,’ and part of that was to go to war, protecting whatever nation was under control of the king. I wouldn’t agree with any interpretation of Scripture that was used to say that a man or a woman shouldn’t protect their families.”

In April 2013, Liberty’s board of trustees approved a policy allowing students and faculty members with permits to carry concealed weapons on campus, except in residence halls.

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