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Liberty University President Encourages Students To Arm Themselves

By: Kirkland Gee

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. stands behind remarks made to students Friday, Dec. 4 about getting concealed carry permits to”end those Muslims before they walked in.”

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and Senior Vice President of Spiritual Programs David Nasser address students at Convocation regarding Falwell’s comments (From: Liberty University News Service)

Falwell, son of the late Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell Sr., said Friday that students should get their permits to concealed carry a firearm to protect their campus.

“If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now…,” Falwell said before being drowned out by applause.

“I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed,” Falwell said.

Falwell told The Washington Post that when he referred to “those Muslims” he was referring to Islamic Terrorists, specifically those who carried out the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

“That’s the only thing I would clarify. If I had to say what I said again, I’d say exactly the same thing,” Falwell said.

Falwell addressed students in Convocation Wednesday regarding his statements.

“As the president of this university community of nearly 15,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, I take very seriously my responsibility to keep you safe in an increasingly dangerous world,” Falwell said.

Falwell also went on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday to defend his remarks.

“Sadly, at most universities, the students would have no option. They would not be allowed to protect themselves. They would not be allowed to have a permit, and we’ve got to change that in America,” Falwell said.

He reminded students that Liberty offers a free class for them to get their concealed carry permit.

“I just want to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” Falwell said.

Falwell’s Twitter page has been littered with tweets of support, especially from students and alumni.

“I applaud @JerryJrFalwell for his comments in #LibertyConvo today. We don’t want another #SanBernadino,” Hannah Gabrielle tweeted.

Dan Howell, a professor at Liberty, voiced his support for Falwell in an article for Esquire.com. Howell said that Falwell’s theology was based in scripture.

“While Jesus was exceptionally mild and meek at his first coming, we are assured by Scripture that he will not be so at his second coming,” Howell said.

There have also been many who were offended by president Falwell’s comments.

Alex Medina, the creative director of Reach Records, a Christian record label that represents artists such as Lecrae and Andy Mineo, expressed his frustrations on twitter.

“I would have disenrolled from @LibertyU immediately after this convocation,” Alex Medina tweeted.

Baaba Otabil, a student at Liberty, said that she felt ashamed to be a Christian after Falwell’s comments.

“He is a public figure for Christianity. It’s disappointing to hear him say that. He doesn’t have that room for mistakes.” Otabil said.

Julia McCarl, also a Liberty Student, said that she was concerned with how what he said may affect others’ perception of the university and its students.

“I felt like it made him seem ignorant. What he does portrays his students view. Not every student at Liberty thinks it’s the best place on earth and that everything Jerry says is for the better,” McCarl said.

Falwell’s comments have sparked a tempest of debate and argument over whether carrying a concealed weapon is the “Christian” thing to do, with many on the right and left voicing their opinions.

In an article written for The Atlantic, Jonathan Merrit, a Liberty alumnus, called Falwell’s remarks “troubling.”

“Falwell’s comments are the latest in a string of proclamations by conservative Christians appealing to religious authority and yet apparently devoid of biblical reflection,” Merritt said.

Todd Starnes, a writer for Fox News, on the other hand, strongly voiced his support for Falwell.

“I stand with Jerry Falwell, Jr. And like the president of Liberty University, I am proud to call myself a gun-toting, Bible-clinging American patriot,” Starnes said.

You can find a video of Falwell’s full comments on our website.

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Liberty University President Encourages Students to Concealed Carry on Campus

By: Kirkland Gee

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. made controversial comments Friday Dec. 4 to his students during their weekly Convocation service about gun control and terrorism.

The Liberty University president could not understand why people think more gun control is a way to stop acts of terrorism like

“It just blows my mind that the president of the United States [says] that the answer to circumstances like that is more gun control,” Falwell said.

Falwell went on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday to defend his remarks.

“Sadly, at most universities, the students would have no option. They would not be allowed to protect themselves. They would not be allowed to have a permit, and we’ve got to change that in America,” Falwell said.

Falwell voiced his opinion that more responsible people with guns would be able to prevent terrorist attacks.

“I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed,” Falwell said.

Falwell clarified to The Washington Post that when he reffered to “those Muslims,” he specifically meant those who carried out the shooting in San Bernardino

Falwell’s twitter has been littered with tweets of support, especially from students and alumni.

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Hannah Gabrielle voicing her support for Falwell

Dan Howell, a professor at Liberty, voiced his support for Falwell in an article for Esquire.com. Howell said that Falwell’s theology was based in scripture.

“While Jesus was exceptionally mild and meek at his first coming, we are assured by Scripture that he will not be so at his second coming,” Howell said.

There have also been many who were offended by president Falwell’s comments.

The creative director of Reach Records, a Christian record label that represents artists such as Lecrae and Andy Mineo, expressed his frustrations on twitter.

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Alex Medina from Reach Records “would have disenrolled” after Falwell’s comments

 

Baaba Otabil, a student at Liberty, said that she felt ashamed to be a Christian after Falwell’s comments.

“He is a public figure for Christianity. It’s disappointing to hear him say that. He doesn’t have that room for mistakes,” Otabil said.

You can view Falwell’s full comments here.

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is standing behind comments he made to his students Friday about their right to concealed carry///

SOT: “I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed///”

There has been a storm of debate since his comments, but Falwell is sticking to his guns///

Falwell went on Fox News’ Hannity Monday to defend his comments// He said that at most universities/ students would not be allowed to concealed carry and that has got to change///

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