Liberty University to Open First On-Campus Firing Range in Nation

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty University, which heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university, is set to become the first educational institution in the nation to open an on-campus firing range.

“We have a very pro-Second Amendment student body,” President Jerry Falwell told the Washington Post this week.

He said that one of the reasons for the shooting range is because he believes those with malicious intent are more likely to carry out their attacks at facilities that are marked as “gun free zones.”

“It’s where the terrorists are most likely to strike,” Falwell stated. “[Students and their families] don’t want to see anything happen here like at Virginia Tech, where nobody was able to fire back.”

This week, Liberty applied for a permit to begin construction on what it called a “nationally recognized, full-scale shooting, training and competition center.” The 13,000 square-foot facility will have pistol, rifle and shotgun areas, as well as outdoor archery and skeet shooting spaces, and will cost at least $1 million to construct.

School officials discussed their ideas with the National Rifle Association before proceeding with plans.

Students with concealed carry permits are currently allowed to have guns on campus, and for the past year, Liberty University has offered a free firearms course, which it states has enrolled 1,600 thus far.

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However, as previously reported, Falwell generated criticism over his mindset about firearms last December when he made comments about “ending [murderous] Muslims” in light of the San Bernardino massacre in California. He urged students to obtain concealed carry permits so that they would be ready to take out Muslims intent on bloodshed should they show up at Liberty University.

“I’ve always thought, if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them,” Fawell stated to the student body, receiving unreserved applause.

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” he said. “Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”

He went on to reTweet social media posts in support of his remarks, including one that read, “S*CK IT, Muslim extremists,” adding a link to the school’s gun course.

Falwell’s comments especially raised concern among members of the Fairfax County School Board, which urged the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to discontinue hosting state championships at Liberty University.

“We are deeply disturbed by the comments of Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. … urging more than 10,000 of his assembled students to obtain handguns and stating that ‘we could end those Muslims before they walked in,’” it said in a letter in April.

While the League did ultimately pull out of Liberty, it said it was for financial reasons and not due to the board’s letter.

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  • TheBottomline4This

    It’s good they support the 2nd Amendment.
    With that said, it’s only a Christian University in name, not Doctrine.
    I marked and have avoided this place long ago.
    Sadly some professing Christians are still infatuated with it.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Christian Americans are the only ones who behave like true Americans. And they are also the only ones who can halt the godless insane secular Western culture’s forcing of the suicidal immorality upon the underage population. Americans are to submit to God alone, never to any pagans or to the baby-killing liberals(Sodomites).

    • Bob Johnson

      When I go to the range I shoot at concentric circles, not a pink silhouette of a human being.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Men should not wear pink. Men and boys are not at all like flowers. Girls are like flowers as they should be.

        • Oboehner

          I wouldn’t go as far as Christian Americans are the only ones who behave like true Americans, the vast majority of them haven’t a clue as to how this country even works. I’ve talked to many who didn’t even know who their representatives are.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Americans expect their representatives to do honest works because of the way the nation came into being and developed. USA used to be a nation of honest hard workers; today it belongs to a few elite pervs and the working-poor and mentally unwell freeloaders. Secular nations are similar. America’s #1 problem is hatred against Christianity and also Bible-illiteracy. That makes people slaves, practically.

          • Oboehner

            Far too many Christians go out and blindly pull the republican lever then go home and sleep. It’s been said if evangelicals would stop voting we might get a Christian in the Whitehouse. For the last few elections we’ve had some great men running only to fall short because of ignorant voting and “democrat paranoia”. In 2008 we had a Baptist pastor running: Chuck Baldwin. Hatred against Christianity is a large problem, but that is mostly a symptom of another problem – the vast majority of evangelicals sit in their padded pews in their large 501(c)3 churches and do nothing but snub and gossip to their favorite entertainment team concerts. Throwing money around on fancy fixtures big screen plasma TVs and cappuccino machines, never showing compassion or being salt or light. Why wouldn’t people be disgusted by disingenuous hypocrites?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Sad. We are all guilty in that. Let’s pray for the Church and our beloved nation.

          • Oboehner

            I believe the mainstream churches are beyond hope, they are too set in their ways taking the nation down with them – “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

            Edmund Burke
            Evangelicals have doing nothing handled.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There are many true Christians and many good churches in the USA.

          • Oboehner

            A vast minority.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Lord knows His own. American Christians are helping the people all over the world.

          • Oboehner

            To some degree, we used to support Campus Crusade (or Cru as it is now called), however their involvement in the ecumenical movement (as well as many other big names in evangelical Christianity) has caused us to rethink that. Scientific advances and the creation of products (the
            Volkswagen, rocket engines, and jet propulsion are three examples), infrastructure in Germany, including
            dams, railroads, and the world’s first national highway system (the Autobahn). Examples out of Nazi Germany of helping people all over the world. Just sayin’.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Helping means giving out the Gospel message, medicine, clean water, the copies of the Holy Bible, and literacy. The Germans were the finest people until they gave themselves into the destructive, blasphemous humanism. That’s why it’s feared – any people can turn into something unthinkable including the Americans. Who knows? With the current American authorities and so many commners pushing homosexuality agenda upon others, ranting “equality.”

          • Oboehner

            With wolves in sheep’s clothing.

  • Robert

    We Lutherans use chemical weapons poison gases to protect our self .Lutifisk it’s what’s for dinner or warfair a fine agent for inhanced Interrogation to.

  • Nidalap

    Most mass-murderers want to do their killing where they can do the most damage before they’re stopped.
    That’s why they go for gun-free zones.
    Like it or not, they WILL tend to avoid places where ANYONE could be packing…

  • I can see the headline now: “Crazed right wing students fire hundreds of live rounds at university”.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      They will never do that. Christian virtue makes them shoot only at villains.

  • kenster777

    Sorry, but I would rather die as a Martyr for Christ than to have the blood of another on my hands.
    Could you have imagined Stephen pulling out and a sword and killing Saul before he was converted.
    Christians need to have faith that that God will protect them Psalms 91.
    We are just pilgrims passing through we are called to tribulation and persecution. James 1:2.
    Those calling Christians to arms are like the false prophets that Macaiah faced in II Chronicles 18

    Christians are called to preach the word not defend the world
    Jesus said if my kingdom were of this world my disciples would fight for me
    Jn: 18:36, also reference John 15:19

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Yes, but Christians should protect the families and also bring justice. ( Proverbs 24, Micah 6) Refusal to provide including protection is an evil against family members. ( I Timothy 5)

      • kenster777

        1) God will be the one to Judge them:
        2) Put your faith in Christ to protect and not put you in that situation; Psalms121:7-8, Psalms 91 and Psalms 24, David did.
        Can you give me an instance where Christians after Jesus was resurrected raised up an Army to protect themselves against the Jews.
        Jesus said all that take the sword shall perish by it.

        Matt 26:51.
        Your real enemy is Satan not other people and were called to preach to them about eternal salvation, if you kill someone they will never have any hope for eternity.
        I Timothy 5 does not talk about protection

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          1) God commanded His people to carry out justice.
          2) Jesus said He would be killed; there are times when Christians defenselessly face persecutions and martyrdom, but doing so in the former Christendom of free world is abandoning of civil resposibity, which would be an disobedience to God. Who do American men expect to protect American women and children when enemies attack?

          This is a fallen world where men are required to combat vicious physical enemies. Pacifists actually expect others to shed blood for them. They are safe only because someone else fight for them. No defense = No nationhood. Jesus never condemned Roman soldiers for bearing swords. There are spiritual battles and battles against human criminals. Christian men must face both effectively.

          • kenster777

            If this was a Christian nation God would protect it.
            But seeing it is under the control of Satan Luke 4 5-8 and Jesus never said fight for your personal freedom’s or civic responsibility.
            But we need to pray for our leader’s no matter who they are.

            We are just pilgrim’s passing through wherever God sends you is your home. China, Russia, Saudi God can protect you like Paul until his will is done. Read Hebrew’s 11.

            What is a human criminal=Sinner like we all were
            No they need a strong message for Christ.
            Jesus didn’t preach directly about homosexuality but we both know that is still sin.
            When John and James wanted to call fire from heaven against the Samarian’s, Jesus rebuked them and said you know not what spirit you are of.
            When God will bring Judgement on this nation will you fight against God to protect this nation?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            God punishes sinful nations whether they have the name Christian or not. We have both freedom and the power to fight for freedom in all real democratic nations; democracy was established for people’s freedom to live for God according to His Word. We can and should always work for our nations’ justice; it’s every citizen’s duty. Human criminals are invaders and physical attackers, not just sinners.

            Sinners need the Gospel, but the criminals need to get defeated as well for protection of innocent people. Christians do not curse anyone, but the self-defense by every measure is justice. It’s not that the Samaritans tried to kill Jesus’ disciples or something. Even if God destroys our homeland tomorrow, today we must try to live out the life God has given us and protect our loved ones and tell our country men the truth. We do not know the day or hour of His coming.

    • Oboehner

      “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Luke 22:36
      You won’t be a martyr for Christ, you’ll just be dead, and so will the other’s you could have saved.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        There are times and places where Christians are defenseless, but being defenseless in America is just being lazy and stupid.

        • Oboehner


  • Michael Ferguson

    This is absolutely crazed lunacy. What new version of the Bible is this man reading? Christians are never called to take up arms in any situation- even if their own life is at risk. They are not called to defend secular nations via the military, join police force units where they might become the judges of who lives or dies. None of this has anything to do with a true Christian whose allegiance is Christ alone and whose very life is seated in the heavenly realm.
    Here is a reality check: When one is truly born again via the Holy Spirit they have been bought with a price by God Himself and are no longer their own. That includes having any “rights” they think they need to defend.

    Just amazing just how far some people, many professing leaders have departed from the historic truth found in Jesus and which every Christian is called to defend and possibly even die for. You up for that Jerry?