Liberty University’s president decided that an arena full of people whose frontal lobes have not yet finished developing was the perfect place to denounce Islam and promote carrying dangerous weapons, all in the same breath.
In an address during the school’s convocation on Friday, university president Jerry Falwell Jr. began his rousing call-to-arms by referring to something he was holding in his back pocket, presumably a gun (but who knows? Maybe it was just a stick of gum):
“If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now … Is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know ... 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 them.”
Then, the leader of the Christian university, which often serves as a stop for presidential campaigns, urged his students, many of whom are less than 20 years old, to obtain weapons to shoot other people with.
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course. Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”
Falwell told The Washington Post that he was carrying a .25 pistol on Friday, and has had a concealed carry permit for about a year. He also clarified that by referring to “those Muslims,” he, of course, meant only Islamic terrorists.
A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called Falwell’s comments “rash and repugnant.”
So there you have it, from the lips of the president of the largest Christian university in the world: blessed are the concealed carriers, for they shall confer a degree.