Jerry Falwell on Arming Students: 'It's Where All Universities Need to Go'

By Susan Jones | December 8, 2015 | 7:08 AM EST

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. gestures during an interview at the school in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP File Photo)

( - Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University, is once again urging all of his students, age 21 and older, to arm themselves for self-defense purposes.

"It's where all universities need to go," Falwell told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.

Falwell appeared on the show three days after telling Liberty students, "I've always thought if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walk in and kill us." Falwell was talking about the slaughter of 14 people at the hands of Muslim radicals in San Bernardino, Calif. on Wednesday.

On Monday, Falwell told Hannity he is upset about Democrats' calls for gun control following the attack.

Falwell recalled the "terrible carnage" at nearby Virginia Tech eight years ago: "I remember thinking for years after that, what if just one of those students, one of those faculty members, had had a concealed carry permit? What if they had been able to stop that shooter before he killed 30-plus lives?

"And I just determined after that incident to make sure that Liberty University students were prepared, were able to protect themselves, to have the chance to protect themselves. It's not all students. It's only age 21 and older, faculty and staff. So we don't have a bunch of 18, 19, 20-year- old students running around with handguns.

"But it's a policy that's been in place here for several years, and it's worked well for us, and I'm proud that Liberty was one of the only schools to take that position initially. Now dozens have followed suit. And I think it's common sense. It's where all universities need to go."

Falwell called it sad that most university students cannot return fire if the need ever arisis: "They would not be allowed to protect themselves. They would not be allowed to have a permit. We've got to change that in America."

Falwell also told Hannity that Liberty University is offering scholarships to the children of those killed in San Bernardino:

"We now have all the phone numbers and addresses of every single victim who has children, and we're contacting every one of them to offer assistance to their children, so that no matter what it takes for them to get a college education, they'll be able to do it here.

"And that was the context of my remarks (at a convocation on Friday). And then I went on to say that I just could not believe that our president's answer to something so horrific as that (San Bernardino) is more gun control. That just defies common sense. It defies logic."

Falwell at the convocation on Friday repeated his earlier call for Liberty students to get a concealed carry permit: "We offer a free course," he told the convocation. "And let's teach them a lesson if they ever show up here."

Hillary Clinton, appearing on ABC's "This Week," called Falwell's comments about taking out Muslims "deplorable" and "hateful."

"No, I'll tell you what's deplorable is, Hillary's a liar," Falwell told Hannity on Monday. "That's not what I said. I went on to say those Muslims, before they can come in and kill us, referring specifically, if you listen to the first part of my comment, to the community center incident in California."

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