Hillary Clinton has accused Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. of using “hateful rhetoric” in his comments on the San Bernardino shooting.
Falwell has been under criticism for his comments on Friday at the University in which he stated, “I've always thought if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in.”
According to The Christian Post, Falwell has since clarified that by “Muslims,” he was referring to terrorists, and specifically, the terrorist couple responsible for the San Bernardino shooting.
Clinton, however, thoroughly condemned Falwell’s remarks.
“This is the kind of deplorable not only hateful response to a legitimate security issue," Clinton stated, "But it is giving aid and comfort to ISIS and other radical jihadists."
Following the San Bernardino shooting, Clinton tweeted, "I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now.”
Falwell, on the other hand, believes the solution is more people with concealed carry permits.
"I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit,” he told Liberty’s student body. “We offer a free course. Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”
A statement released by the University said: “When hearing the remarks in their full context, the public can see that there was no attempt to incite hate against anyone, much less all Muslims. President Falwell's subsequent clarifications emphasized what was clear to those who were present.”
“His remarks were a call to arms for self-defense and a criticism of political leaders who see the answer to such tragedies as more gun control,” the statement continues. “More gun control leads to more places and circumstances where innocents are unarmed and unable to defend themselves.”
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Publication date: December 8, 2015