At a recent council meeting, Boise City Council member Lisa Sanchez told the public that gun rights laws were for “white people” and more specifically for “white men.”
The comment came while the city discussed a recent resolution Mayor Lauren McLean wanted to pass regarding “gun violence.” The resolution passed almost unanimously, with just Councilmember Lucy Willits being the lone dissenting vote.
When Sanchez spoke in favor of the resolution, she made the following statement regarding who she believed firearm laws were for. Here is what Sanchez said in part.
It’s difficult for me to believe that these gun rights laws are for everyone. They’re not. They’re for white people; specifically for white men. And, uh, as long as we keep making room for guns, we are supporting white supremacy in our country, and it’s a shame, that a state like Idaho, has become synonymous with that kind of sentiment.
And without real action, it’s difficult to turn the tide. So, I very much thank the mayor for bringing this forward. It’s an opportunity for us to do what we can. And silence is agreement. Silence is acquiescence and we cannot remain silent on these issues.
You can view the segment in question below and the entire discussion on the City of Boise’s YouTube channel:
Before this statement by Sanchez, she told the public that the “love of gun over people” was a way to intimidate people of color. Sanchez said people of color, women of color specifically, were not “welcome” to walk the streets with a firearm in plain view.
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Political Director Christy Zito said Sanchez is wrong. Zito told Idaho Dispatch,
The right to self-defense knows no gender, knows no racial bounds, and is blind to color. Lisa Sanchez insults all women, marginalizing each of us using color, and the fact that we are women, to push her social agenda. She obviously has no logical argument to defend her extremely biased opinion.
To say that the love of guns over people is a way to intimidate people of color is another insult to the vast majority of Idahoans. All in this state are welcome to carry a firearm in the way they feel most comfortable. I know. I worked on making the law clear and constitutional.
Being intimidated is a choice. Being a victim is a choice. I personally tire of this constant need to see women as full-time victims, and not the strong powerful beings we are.
I know many women who have been the first line of defense for themselves and others. I know women who have used a firearm to equalize a situation. Gun rights are women’s rights.
The resolution by the City of Boise comes as President Joe Biden has signed a bi-partisan gun control measure into law.
What do you think of Sanchez’s comments? Do you agree or disagree or agree with her?
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Note: Idaho Dispatch Editor Greg Pruett is the President of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance.
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