New Pro-Gun Billboards Deemed Insensitive, Extreme, and Downright Offensive



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native american gun rights controversial billboardTwo billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some Colorado residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.

The billboards in this northern Colorado city show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and the words “Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.”

Matt Wells, an account executive with Lamar Advertising in Denver, said Monday that a group of local residents purchased the space.

“They have asked to remain anonymous,” he said.

He also refused to disclose the cost but said the billboards are only appearing in the Greeley area. Wells said he has not received any complaints so far.

Greeley resident Kerri Salazar, who is of Native American descent, said she was livid when she learned about it. She said she doesn’t have a problem with the gun rights message, but she’s offended the Native American people were singled out, apparently without their consent.

Irene Vernon, a Colorado State University professor and chairwoman of the ethnic studies department, said the message on the billboard is taking a narrow view of a much more complicated history of the Native American plight. She said it’s not as if Native Americans just gave up their guns and wound up on reservations.

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This article was originally published on The Daily Sheeple

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22 Responses to "New Pro-Gun Billboards Deemed Insensitive, Extreme, and Downright Offensive"

  1. I myself think it’s thought-provoking. Perhaps the intention was to make people THINK about what the govt is asking of them, as in the gun laws and such. Look what happened when natives gave up or had their guns taken away — they were slaughtered, much like cattle.

    Idk, that’s just my opinion. Btw, I am Dakota.

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  2. The people should have asked the native community for permission in a respectful way. Permission for these billboards would have probably been given because similar T-shirts have the same message on them. Time and again Natives were told to put down their guns in order to keep peace. Look at what happened to Metacomet (King Phillip) of the Wampanoag. He and his warriors were disarmed by the Puritans of Boston. Because of so many dishonest business deals with Natives, the Wampanoag people learned to say in English, “You Know God Englishman, Do you Lie?” As long as the English had the military firepower, abuse of Natives continued. So the billboard statements are true to history.

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  3. In my opinion, I can’t think of a more appropriate group to display concerning this corrupt government. Personally, I don’t find it offensive at all. On the contrary, I’m proud that the Indigenous peoples are being remembered. Maybe now we can resolve some of these issues of racial hatred for them that has been prominent in their own country since the white man came here.

    BTW, I’m Welch, Irish, Scandinavian, Black Dutch, Blackfeet and Creek American.

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  4. The Native Americans did not just give up their guns and go to reservations. Only after the Gov. tried to exterminate them, through war, sickness, broken treaties, lies, broken promises and White Men running the Bureau of Indian Affairs ( as they still are ). I was married to a Choctaw from Oklahoma. I lost him in 1999 and I have missed him every day since. I have a picture like that billboard on my wall and I really like both of them. I wish we had them in every state. We need to learn from them about what will happen if we let the Gov. take our guns.

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  5. It is authentic. Native Americans were ‘Indians’ when they were forced off their homes & hunting grounds. They were forced farther & farther west. Time and time again, treaties were proven to be lies just to benefit the wealthy whites. They were given blankets in the winter, laden with small pox – the first germ warfare.. It is a scar on the white man. It is history. Lets not repeat it.

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  6. i am of native american decent , this is not offensive if taken in the context it is intended . it is to make you think and have a solid ideal to focus on what can happen when we do not stand up and defend our ways of life . when we allow others to dictate what there ideals for our lives should be . open your eyes , see and hear what is going on . this will not end here . when a people can not keep there guns to protect them from the government , all you have left is rocks and plastic bottles . take a look at other countries .

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  7. Hello! Wounded Knee…I do not think the Natives should be objecting to these billboards, though they are probably more familiar with the history they refer to than the average american.

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  8. To me the billboards are conveying the message, “Don’t trust the feds!” Look how their land was taken away, all but a little bit allowed for reservations. I believe that’s the message the billboard is supposed to convey. I thought it was a rather good example, too!

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  9. I have Cherokee blood in my veins and I in no way think the billboards are offensive. I honestly believe we had best pay attention to what is going on in this country before we end up on reservations of some sort. It’s all about control.. If a bad guy wants a gun he can get one easier than most people can get one legally.

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  10. Dosent offend me,just states a true piece of history!trust the goverment and this is what u get=screwed everytime.look at all the crap the white house has pulled since then….its only getting worse,DRONES,recording everything u do ppl u talk 2. just goes on and on.We live in a FREE WORLD,ONLY 2B LIMITED BY THE POWER OF A FEW IN WASHINGTON D.C.

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  11. I am Blackfoot and Creek I love the billboard when my great-grand father was still alive all he talked about was how bad the govt treated them that he wished they had never gave in to them but thy were killing so many women and children if the men left to hunt or fight they would come in and wipe out the tribe that is why they gave up was to save the tribe they will never get my guns the conditions on the rev are terrible

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  12. The Historical facts are correct, as is the inferred message. So what could possibly be wrong with the truth unless the truth is what you’re trying to hide? When governments anywhere disarm the population by law or by force, oppression and tyranny are not far behind.

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  13. Gun Control is about JUST THAT…..CONTROL! THEY ALREADY HAVE THE “CONTROL” MACHINERY IN PLACE…JUST WAITING FOR A REASON ….FOR MARTIAL LAW, THEN IT STARTS. NATIVE AMERICANS WERE BETRAYED BY THE US GOV. JUST AS WE ARE BEING BETRAYED…WITH THE EXCEPTION…THE WH MUSLIM AND HIS BROOD….ARE GIVING YOU “STUFF” TO TURN A BLIND EYE! WELL, WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU? GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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  14. This isn’t offensive to Native Americans because this is the truth about their history. It’s called freedom of speech. Fact is fact regardless of whether you like it or not. If we don’t learn from our history, history has a way of repeating itself.

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  15. I am of American Indian descent, documented for the last 150 years. There is nothing wrong with those bill boards. In my opinion, they are spot on. One can not go into every detail of every account, however, the message and the result are the same. A people without self defense are a people without liberty. I don’t speak for every Indian member out there, but they don’t speak for me either. By the way, lets see more bill boards, we need the message out there.

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  16. I am American Indian and those Billboard ads are right on target. They don’t offend me one bit. What does offend me are people telling me what should offend me. Those billboards speak the truth. It applies to everyone. God Bless American, The Constitution, and The Bill Of Rights..

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