Gun-Rights Billboards Featuring American Indians Cause Controversy

April 30, 2013 - 8:28 AM

Two billboards using images of American Indians to promote guns rights have caused a stir among some of the residents in Greeley, Colorado.

The billboards show three men dressed in traditional Native American attire and read:

Turn In Your Arms Billboard

Controversial Billboard Depicting Native Americans

"TURN IN YOUR ARMS. THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU."

Lamar Advertising account executive, Matt Wells said yesterday that a group of residents purchased the space on the billboards and "have asked to remain anonymous."

Wells told the Greeley Tribune, "I think it's a little bit extreme, of course, but I think people are really worried about their gun rights and what liberties are going to be taken away."

Irene Vernon, a professor at Colorado State University and an American Indian, says that the billboard takes a narrow view of a much more complicated issue.

Greeley resident, Maureen Brucker believes that the billboard is making light of the atrocities committed against American Indians by the federal government.

Brucker challenged those who paid for the billboard space to come forward to discuss their views.

"I thought it was pretty cowardly that someone would put something like that up and spend the money for a billboard but didn't have the courage to put their name on it," she said.

Colorado passed stricter gun laws last month which, among other things, limited the amount of rounds in magazines.

Many gun owners within the state did not support the legislation and have vowed to fight to overturn the new laws.

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