Liberty University is a Christian school, that means you can’t smoke, can’t engage in pre-marital sex, can’t do many things, but here’s one thing you can do.
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre on Wednesday praised Liberty University for a recent decision allowing eligible students to carry concealed handguns on campus.
Speaking during the private Christian university’s regular thrice-weekly convocation, which was closed to media but streamed online, LaPierre said Liberty is “one of the safest places in the country.”
“The hard facts are, we can’t predict where evil may strike—the next campus, the next church, the next shopping mall or airport. We do know evil will eventually strike again. And if God forbid a monster should walk onto this campus, that evil will be met with the one indisputable fact of liberty: that the surest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.
Late last year, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. announced eligible students would be allowed to carry guns anywhere on campus, amending a 2013 policy that allowed them anywhere except residence halls.
LU says it has more than 14,500 residential students, but one of the requirements for having a concealed-carry permit is being 21 or older.
LaPierre said LU leadership respects Second Amendment rights, and he praised students who own firearms or support the right to own firearms.
“Thanks for standing up and exercising your real and personal liberty that’s bestowed upon all of us by our Creator,” LaPierre said.
The NRA executive praised law-abiding gun owners nationwide, called for better enforcement of existing gun laws and criticized President Obama and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for their policies on gun control.
He also criticized the news media for its reporting of gun issues, saying “one of America’s greatest vulnerabilities is the failure of the media to provide a level playing field for the truth.”
LaPierre urged voters to “win back the White House” and “take back our country” in the November election, but he stopped short of endorsing a specific presidential candidate.
LaPierre’s speech was peppered with video clips, including three advertisements for the NRA Foundation and a clip of the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., who died in 2007, and LaPierre, in which LaPierre presents Falwell Sr. his NRA lifetime membership credentials.