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NRA "minions" troll Philando Castile supporters after Women's March protests

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Several hundred protesters, led by the organizers of January's Women's March, rallied in front of the National Rifle Association's Virginia headquarters Friday, before beginning a two-day 18-mile march to the Department of Justice for a 10am vigil Saturday.

Organizers chose to focus such a major effort on the NRA after the pro-gun group released a video this spring that cast anti-Trump protesters as violent maniacs who "smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding, until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness".

"All we've seen is more of the same - silence on the issue", protest organizer Tamika Mallory told Mic via text message, "and more hateful and divisive rhetoric from their minions".

Women's March organizers announced the #NRA2DOJ actions last week, in response to a set of highly publicized NRA videos that cast the anti-Trump resistance and other recent social justice protests as violent, and pushed a clear "us against them" narrative.

But Loesch lashed out at Mallory and her co-organizers on Thursday in a video shared via Twitter Saturday morning.

The NRA has responded with more videos that feature African-Americans condeming the Women's March as "fake feminism", and the Black Lives Matter movement as "a weaponized race-baiting machine pushing the extreme liberal Democratic agenda". The video starred right-wing radio host Dana Loesch, whose sneering way of saying the phrase "racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia" is Italian chef-kiss remarkable.

They say the NRA is "only standing up for white gun owners".

"If you want to stop hate, start with daddy Farrakhan".