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College Protests Heston Visit

September 20, 2000

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) _ Charlton came to Carleton, and half of the audience wore black. It wasn’t a fashion statement.

Much of the thousand-strong crowd at Carleton College was protesting the appearance by Charlton Heston, president of the National Rifle Association. The actor told students Tuesday to ignore political agendas in favor of freedom.

``When you call a friend and tell them to vote for freedom first, your words will echo in the spirit of Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine,″ he said. ``They won our freedom with bullets so we could defend our freedom with ballots.″

Heston spoke for fewer than 15 minutes and left without answering questions.

Protesters laid out 178 pairs of shoes to represent the number of Minnesotans killed by gun violence in 1999. A handful of demonstrators carried pro-NRA signs.

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