Native Americans on Pro-Gun Billboards Create Controversy
On April 29, two billboards in Greeley, Colorado featuring American Indians created quite a stir with their message.
The billboards feature an image of what appears to be three American Indians in traditional attire with the words “Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.”
The Associated Press reports that the billboards were paid for by a group of local residents according to Matt Wells, an account executive with Lamar Advertising in Denver, the company that owns the billboards. Wells also stated the billboards are only appearing in the Greeley area.
"I think it is insensitive, because even though it is what may have happened in the past, people are still living that. Relatives are still living that," Kerri Salazar, a Greeley resident and Native American, told KUSA, a CNN affiliate.
For American Indian, Irene Vernon, a Colorado State University professor and chairwoman of the ethnic studies department, it is a narrow view of a much more complicated history of the Native American plight she told AP. She said it's not as if Native Americans just gave up their guns and wound up on reservations.
The billboards have supporters as well. One of which is Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, who was quoted by CNN as saying, “Where can we send a check to support more?”