The president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students during the school’s convocation Friday to get their permits to carry concealed weapons, reported The Washington Post.
“It just blows my mind that the president of the United States [says] that the answer to circumstances like that is more gun control,” he said to applause.
“If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now …,” he said while being interrupted by louder cheers and clapping. “Is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know,” he said, chuckling.
“I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in,” he says, the rest of his sentence drowned out by loud applause while he said, “and killed them.”
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” he said. “Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”
President Jerry Falwell Jr. is the son of the late religious right leader Jerry Falwell Sr.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office (D) sent the following 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,” McAuliffe said. “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.”
Falwell also referred to the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, as the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.
“I always wonder, what if one of those professors and students had a concealed weapon and could’ve ended what happened and saved countless lives?” Falwell said. “I don’t understand why it’s controversial for law-abiding citizens protecting themselves under the Second Amendment.”
“I think they’re so tired of being told they’re the problem because they have guns and because America is a country that has gun ownership,” he said. “They don’t hear anybody saying what they believe so when someone finally says something like I did yesterday, they were just hungry to hear it.”
Liberty is the largest private, nonprofit university in the country, the largest university in Virginia and the largest Christian university in the world.