LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of Liberty University is urging students at the Christian school to carry concealed weapons on the Virginia campus following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s call for an armed campus was greeted by applause at a Friday night convocation on the Lynchburg campus.

The News & Advance reports that Falwell encouraged students to take a free class to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon offered by the campus police department.

He said, "Let's teach them a lesson if they ever show up here."

Falwell said it "just blows my mind" that President Barack Obama called for more gun control laws.

Liberty was founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., who also launched the Moral Majority.