The sad but very true fact of the matter is that no one is safe anymore. Honestly. With mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and many other tragic and disturbing occurrences taking place, no one knows when harm can hit close to home nor how they can protect themselves in those cases (i.e. this week’s massacre in San Bernardino, California.) And as a result, the hot-button topic right now is gun control and whether or not the laws should be stricter. While some believe people who buy guns should have to go through intense screenings and tests, some don’t see the need and believe in the right to bear arms.
In particular, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. believes his students should be armed, which is prohibited at most colleges.
“I always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walk in and kill,” Falwell said on Friday (Dec. 4) night during Liberty’s weekly convocation. Later the next day (Dec. 5), during a phone interview with CNN, he clarified his Muslim comment, explaining that “he wasn’t talking about all Muslims, just those who perpetrate attacks,” such as the aforementioned San Bernardino shooting.
“It just blows my mind when I see the President of the United States say that the answer to circumstances like this is more gun control,” he continued. Falwell also suggested that if those people at San Bernardino’s Inland Regional Center were armed the outcome could have possibly been different.
During the Liberty convocation, he continued to encourage the hyped up crowd telling them “to get your permit,” and reminding them that the Lynchburg, Virginia campus offers a free gun training course. “And let’s teach them,” he continued, referring to potential shooters, “if they ever show up here.”
While this idea may shock most, it should also be noted that according to Virginia law a person has to be 21 years or older to get a concealed carry permit in the state. Falwell also added that even those with permits aren’t able to bring guns into dorms.
“I want us to be prepared,” Falwell concluded in his interview with CNN.
Myself, being just a year and a half out of undergraduate, I couldn’t imagine being on campus at such a high risk time. My university, Georgia State, was embedded in the city of Atlanta, with no real security or safety areas. Basically, my classes were in city buildings and we hung out between classes outside in our court yard that was d*mn near open to the public. Just about anyone could walk on our campus and chill out.
In my personal opinion, I don’t believe students being “urged” to bear arms in the way Falwell is doing so is a good idea. I understand it’s in defense for a persons safety, but not everyone may have the same ideals for its use. If a student wants to feel protected and keep their arms secure, I don’t find it to be a problem on campus (if they went through the necessary steps to obtain it). But having a university President telling the student body to go out and buy guns isn’t something that sits well with me.
What are your thoughts?