WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Charlton Heston's speech at Brandeis University attracted hundreds of protesters, including some who lay on the pavement with fake blood oozing from fake gunshot wounds.
"Political correctness is tyranny with manners," Heston told the crowd of about 700 students, administrators and members of the community in a speech at the university's student center Tuesday night.Heston, the president of the National Rifle Association, told the crowd to "question authority" when it comes to gun-control laws.
Before Heston's address, protesters -- most of them students -- chanted anti-gun slogans and waved signs outside during a rally sponsored by the American Jewish Congress.
Congress President Sumner Kaplan railed against the NRA's resistance to stricter gun-control measures.
"The blood of innocents -- children or adults -- by the illegal, inadvertent and improper use of guns . . . it's cause for revulsion," he said. "The Second Amendment was never meant to condone lawlessness."
Pro-NRA demonstrators were also on hand to air their views. Tim Labbe, 31, said he came to support Heston.
"I'm here to stand up for the rights of citizens to keep the Second Amendment," he said.