Two billboards erected in Greeley, Colorado are coming under fire for being way too politically incorrect. First off, they’re billboards with pro-gun messages. Secondly, they used Native Americans to argue their case. And thirdly, it was paid for by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
The billboard depicts three Native Americans, one of whom is holding a rifle. The caption reads, “Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you.”
The billboard seems to make reference to what happened in 1890 to a group of Sioux Indians. Personal Liberty Digest recounted:
“Perhaps the most famous example occurred in 1890 — decades before the 1924 guarantee of Constitutional rights for Native Americans — when Federal agents murdered 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Before the Native Americans were killed by the agents of the state, they were notified that the 7th Cavalry had come to confiscate their firearms ‘for their own safety and protection.’”
Obviously, the point of the billboard is to impress the viewer with the historical significance of gun control, and what it’s really about. It’s about “safety and protection” now as much as it was for the Native Americans over a century ago at Wounded Knee Creek.
Needless to say, people were offended that Native Americans were invoked to push the “gun rights agenda.” Minority groups are only to be exploited in the pursuance of liberal ideals. You can use a picture of a black person to push for more gun control. You can use a picture of a Mexican family to push for illegal immigration. But using a minority group to push for gun rights is downright racist and disgusting.
One resident said that only a coward would do such a thing anonymously: “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.”
I see billboards all the time I don’t like. But I look at them as giant bumper stickers. I generally ignore them. I don’t care who paid for them.
But speaking of anonymity, how many times has an “anonymous” atheist filed lawsuits with the county or state in which is erected a Ten Commandments display or nativity scene? I think that’s actually a case where it really is cowardly to remain anonymous, because they’re wasting taxpayer money on frivolous lawsuits. Whoever is behind the Native American billboard paid for it with his own money.