On Thursday the Fairfax County School Board sent a leader to Liberty University chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. to say they are “deeply disturbed” by his calls for Liberty students to get concealed permits and carry guns to stop potential terror attacks on campus.
Falwell made his comments to the student body on December 4, 2015, saying, “I’ve always thought if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed us.”
Four days later Falwell made clear that he could have used a word other than “Muslims” to make the same point. The Washington Post reported that Falwell was referencing the terrorists who killed 14 innocents in San Bernardino on August 2, 2015. And WSLW 10 quoted Farwell speaking to that very point on December 8, saying, “Terrorist would have been a good word to use too, I just was referring to those particular people, and they were motivated by their religion, so it was a relevant term for that event.”
Nevertheless, after “debaters from at least five Northern Virginia high schools decided to boycott the [April 22-23]…high school debate championship because it was being held at Liberty, the Fairfax school board followed suit. The students said they were boycotting the championship because they “perceived” Falwell’s words as ‘anti-Muslim’ and nine Fairfax County School Board members signed a letter announcing they will “advocate” against Virginia High School League events being held at Liberty.
WTOP published the school board’s letter, one paragraph of which said:
We stand in solidarity with our students who chose to boycott the State Debate Championship…as a result of [Falwell’s] comments. At the same time, we find it unfair that our students were put in the position of forsaking their participation in a state championship because of an unwelcoming environment at the host institution.
On December 2 Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik carried out a terrorist attack against unarmed co-workers during a Christmas party. They killed 14 with firearms but also placed a bomb at the scene of the attack and had 12 more bombs in their home.
Farook and Malik were Muslims and two days after their attack FBI director James Comey described the investigation into it as a “federal terrorism investigation.” He indicated that during the first 48 hours “the investigation…[had] developed indications of radicalization by the killers and of the potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.