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COMMENTARY
Arms Around the Fairgrounds

Rose Ann Sharp | Crest Road


The Board of Directors of the 22nd District Agricultural Association is out of touch with the communities that support their events. Beyond Gun Shows, they approved renting the Fairgrounds to the San Diego Gun Owners Association (SDGOA), an NRA supported Political Action Committee (PAC). Their stated goals are to weaken California gun laws. The SDGOA holds its convention with the gun show. The key speaker in March 2018 was from Breitbart News. Then on April 28, they rented again to SDGOA to hold its Second Amendment Celebration, dubbed the Gun Prom. This event was previously hosted In Balboa Park and Coronado. Why dump these events in Del Mar? Is this because other communities did not want them? Did the Board not realize that there are students from Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland and many other schools who will never go to their prom because they were killed in a mass shooting? The Fairgrounds doesn’t host porn shows; why Gun Proms? Both are culturally out of keeping with the neighboring communities. The Board has discretion in its state manual 6.25 regulation to end gun shows. The surrounding communities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas have passed resolutions asking them not to hold these shows. Are they so scared of a lawsuit from the NRA, that they cannot act? If the NRA sues, the Attorney General will defend them.

Why has the Board increasingly approved more NRA events at the Fairgrounds? The answer may be that the Board is unelected and therefore is not responsive to the people. They are out of touch with our communities and do not share our values. They are taking us in the wrong direction from the rest of the country during an epidemic of gun violence. The Board has the power to end gun shows. Last time in 2016 when we made this plea, they hid behind their fiduciary responsibility. This time they will hide behind legal concerns. The state has given them the power to end gun shows. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblymembers Todd Gloria and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher are asking them to do so. Maybe we need a new Board who will listen to the people and the elected politicians. Join the NeverAgainCa.org protest demonstration at the next gun show on May 19 under the blinking neon sign at intersection of Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Blvd. to tell them to stop!

 

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