When pastor and evangelist Jerry Falwell Sr. started a small Virginia college in rural Lynchburg, he may have not known the school would have blossomed into the nation’s largest Christian university and is actively playing a role in the political conversation of the day.
In recent years, the school has moved to the forefront of the evangelistic right movement and often weighs-in on the issues in nearby Washington D.C. The school’s president Jerry Falwell Jr. has been vocal for his support for President Trump, who gave his first commencement address as president at the school.
“Training Champions For Christ,” the school’s motto, may now include gun training as the school has opened a more than $3 million gun range.
Amid the ongoing debate on gun control and preventing gun violence, Liberty University is offering lawmakers what they believe to be a viable solution to preventing gun violence through responsible gun ownership and training.
The multimillion-dollar gun range opened to students earlier this week and is expected to be open to the public later this summer.
— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) March 29, 2018
Per Fox News:
Brad Butler, Liberty’s planning coordinator, told Fox News the range, which should be opened to the public later this summer, is modeled after the NRA Whittington Center in New Mexico.
“Our president, Jerry Falwell Jr., and his father, Jerry Falwell, Sr. have a saying that ‘if it’s Christian it should be better’ – so we’re going to make it not only safe and competitive, but beautiful,” Butler said.
The lower part of the 600-acre, state-of-the-art gun range has rifle, pistol, and three-gun ranges in a valley located on the other side of Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, a year-round ski and snowboard slope, and at the top has shotgun venues, which include skeet, trap and sporting clay facilities.
According to the report, Liberty University is now the only school in the country whose campus houses a venue for all Olympic shooting sports. Fox News reports, “It hopes to be one of the most luxurious facilities in the world once the project is fully completed.”
“Jerry Falwell, Jr. is definitely a visionary when it comes to developing collegiate programs and activities that the students really want to be engaged in,” Liberty’s planning coordinator said, “and without his bold leadership and the support of the Second Amendment, we probably wouldn’t be developing a project as nice and sophisticated as this.”
Check it out:
.@LibertyU shows off its new multimillion-dollar gun range. Liberty, which already allows students to have guns in their dorms, is now the only campus with a venue fit for all Olympic shooting sports. https://t.co/d1cnLY0s17 pic.twitter.com/0jodhEexq3
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 28, 2018
As Breitbart reports, the Christian school is unabashed in their support for the Second Amendment and even allows their students to keep a firearm in their dorm rooms (subject to a few rules):
Students at Liberty University, a conservative Christian university in Virginia, will be invited this week to enjoy their campus’s new $3.2 million gun range. The gun range, which has been in planning and construction stages for over a year, will also be open to the public following the conclusion of Liberty’s academic year in May.
Liberty University is known for its strong stance on the second amendment. Students at Liberty are permitted to keep firearms in their dorm rooms. Additionally, students who are uncomfortable around guns are permitted to request a room transfer away from a room that has a gun. Now, Liberty University will become one of only two schools in the country that has a gun range.
Liberty sophomore Landon Dalton explained that being a part of Liberty’s shooting sports team helped him grow as a Christian. “I got introduced to a whole new world up here in competitive shooting and it’s been awesome,” Dalton said. “Coach Hartman has really helped us out a lot. He’s a very godly man and a great coach and he’s helped us grow as teammates and as shooters, but more importantly as better Christians.”