[quote=“2cent, post:10, topic:39274”]
It’s very much in context.
****The government told the Indians - excuse me, Native Americans - that they would take care of them. They got screwed over.
The government is telling gun advocates that the gov’t will take care of them.
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
If people are taking offense at being told not to trust the governmet after countless historical evidences that the gov’t is NOT to be trusted, they need to have their heads - or particularly thin skin - examined.
[/quote] Actually I’m not sure what message I’m supposed to receive from this billboard. It implies that “the government” took guns away from the Native Americans and then treated them badly. (“The government” is apparently a timeless entity that exists, unchanged, with the same goals and methods today, as it did 150 years ago.) The government referred to in the ad consisted of white Europeans who saw “Injuns” as soulless, murderous animals to be pushed aside and murdered, when convenient. The natives had built a comfortable, natural society that had no need for firearms prior to the arrival of the invaders. So they had no guns to take, until white profiteers saw a chance to make a buck, by arming them and encouraging them to make a courageous, if suicidal, stand against the overwhelming military force of the invading Europeans. The irony is the fact is that the men in this picture are holding weapons sold to them illegally by people who’s only interest was profit. And those weapons were most often used to kill innocent settlers. The dominate white culture at the time would probably be dumbfounded by the notion that modern “patriots” would suggest that their actions were somehow unconstitutional. It wasn’t just “the government” that wanted to keep guns away from the tribes. So what is the message of this billboard? Is it, “We favor arming insurgents,even if they only want to kill you!” Or is it, “GUNS! Because what fun is history, without some pointless slaughter?”