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Vandalism Sparks Confederate Statue Debate

The debate about whether to remove the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square grows after the monument was vandalized.

Surveillance video captured vandals spray-painting "This is racist" on the statue outside the Denton County Courthouse Sunday night.

Several people stood outside the monument Monday night: Some in support of removing the statue and others to protect it.

One man brought a loaded semi-automatic rifle and stood by the statue, confronting protesters. He left after police confiscated his ammunition. He later posted on Facebook, "Of course no shots were fired. Why would I shoot. I was there to make a point."

The Denton City Council is set to meet Tuesday night. The statue is not listed on the agenda, but it could be discussed in the public forum discussion.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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