“We have a very pro-Second Amendment student body.” University President, Jerry Falwell Jr
Liberty University, founded in 1971, is stepping up their game to not only prepare their students for the business world, but also a world that includes possible disasters. In which case, they will be educated on how to protect not only themselves, but the others around them. How are they doing this you may ask? This Christian, gun-friendly school is teaching the students more about guns, as well as adding in an on-campus shooting range.
Liberty University is planning to open a state-of-the-art shooting range on campus next fall as part of the conservative Evangelical Christian School’s commitment to promoting gun ownership and firearm sports.
University president Jerry Falwell Jr. said that Liberty’s new complex will feature pistol, rifle and shotgun facilities as well as an archery range built into the mountainside of the 7,000-acre campus near Lynchburg, Virginia.
“This is one of the examples of how Liberty is unique and different,” Falwell said in an interview. “We really had the perfect setting for our own competitive shooting range.”
The shooting range will be the latest high-tech addition to a campus that already features a year-round snowless ski and snowboard center, an indoor ice-skating rink and an equestrian facility.
Falwell said that he hopes the shooting range will give students the opportunity to practice their aim. Falwell said that one of the reasons for the university’s aggressive posture on carrying firearms is so that the campus will be prepared in the event of an “active shooter” scenario. Falwell pointed out that that the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech occurred just 85 miles west of his campus; he said the “gun-free zones” that encompass other Virginia universities make them vulnerable.