By Karla Dieseldorff
By Karla Dieseldorff
New York – Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University in Virginia urged students during a campus speech on Saturday to get their concealed weapons permit with a controversial remark against Muslims.
“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 Jr. said.
“If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now …,” he added, implying that he was carrying a gun while delivering his speech. “Is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know,” he said.
“I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walk in and kill them,” he said, amidst applause and cheers from the crowd.
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” he said in reference to Liberty University.
“Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here,” the University President concluded.
Jerry Falwell Jr. is the son of the late religious far-right leader Jerry Falwell Sr. His bold statement to “end those Muslims” stirred outrage on social media. When questioned by The Washington Post, he replied that he meant “Islamic terrorists,” adding that he would use the exact same language if he had to say it again.
“That’s the only thing I would clarify,” Falwell said. “If I had to say what I said again, I’d say exactly the same thing.
Liberty University is a private, non-profit Christian university located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. in 1971, who was also Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Following Falwell’s comments, Virginia Governor Democrat Terry McAuliffe sent a reassuring message to the Muslim community in the U.S. and especially in Virginia.
“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,” he added.