The President of Liberty University is calling for everyone on campus to get a concealed carry permit and defend themselves against possible threats.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students, staff and faculty at his Christian school to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon on campus to counter any copycat attack like the deadly rampage in California just days ago.
“Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here,” Falwell told an estimated 10,000 of the campus community at convocation Friday in Lynchburg. While Falwell’s call to arms was applauded, his remarks also seemed to target Muslims.
“I’ve always thought if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in,” Falwell said. The final words of his statement could not be clearly heard on a videotape of the remarks.
However, Falwell told The Associated Press on Saturday he was specifically referring to Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the husband and wife who shot and killed 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino on Wednesday.
Falwell said that he was carrying a .25 ACP pocket pistol as he made his address.
So far, more than 100 people have heeded Falwell’s advice, and are availing themselves of a concealed carry class being offered by Liberty University police.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has called Falwell’s comments “rash and repugnant.”