School board members ignite public ire with pro-gun stances

David Chong, who owns a gun store in El Cajon, is also president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District board. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune) David Chong is president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board. He also is the owner of an El Cajon gun store. Jim Miller Jr., an attorney, is a school board member with the Cajon Valley Union School District. Like Chong, he is a member of the San Diego County Gun Owners. Both officials are facing demands they resign their school board seats after publicly expressing support for gun ownership in ways that some say deliberately inflamed gun-control advocates, including Miller wearing a National Rifle Association cap to a meeting. Dozens of people turned out for last month’s meeting of the Cajon Valley board to call for Miller’s resignation; a lesser number appeared before the La Mesa-Spring Valley board earlier this month seeking Chong’s removal. A “Recall James Miller” page has been set up on Facebook by a parent in the district. It is the latest conflict over gun ownership to erupt in the county since 17 people – 14 students and three staff members — were killed Feb. 14 at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Last month, the state board that oversees the Del Mar Fairgrounds heard scores of speakers weigh in on whether it should end the popular gun show that is held there several times a year. And students at schools countywide have staged organized walkouts to […]

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