A billboard that depicts Native Americans and features a pro-gun message is causing controversy in Greeley, Colorado. The slogan on the sign reads: "Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.” The statement is obviously meant to be sarcastic, but many town residents are not laughing.
"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," said Greeley resident Kerri Salazar. "My hope would be is that they can just take the picture down, leave the saying. ... Believe me, I get it."
Salazar is a Native American. She respects the rights of others to own firearms, CNN, reported. "I personally do not own a gun. I don't feel the need to, but for those that do, that is their right," Salazar said.
Another Greeley resident, Maureen Brucker, was even less forgiving when speaking about the billboard. "I was disgusted. I was disgusted,” she said. "You don't do this. You don't take something that is indicative of an ethnicity and use it to prove your point. It is just not acceptable. No matter what the ethnicity, no matter what the point, you don't do it."
She continued: "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."
Lamar Advertising owns the billboard. The company has said that the group who paid for the ad wants to remain anonymous.
At least one person supports the billboard. Dudley Brown, the executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said the billboard has his backing. "Where can we send a check to support more?" he asked.