Jerry Falwell's Liberty University to Allow Guns in Dorms... Can I Get an 'AMEN'?
Liberty University is ending a ban on firearms in residence halls, the president of the conservative evangelical Christian school announced Wednesday.
The change in policy, said Jerry Falwell Jr., is aimed at keeping the Virginia campus safe from terrorist attacks such as the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
“I take very seriously my responsibility to keep you safe in an increasingly dangerous world,” Falwell told a crowd of several thousand students, The Washington Post reported.
Liberty University has allowed students, faculty and staff who have gun permits to carry concealed weapons since 2011. Firearms are allowed everywhere on campus except for in residence halls.
On Friday, in the wake of the San Bernardino massacre that killed 14 people, Falwell urged students to take a concealed weapon permit class that the university offers for free and legally carry their guns on campus.
“I’ve always thought, if more good people had concealed-carry permits then we could end those Muslims before they walked in killing … Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here,” Falwell said on Friday, a remark that was met with stark backlash online.
In order to obtain a concealed-carry permit under Virginia law, a resident must be at least 21 years old…