The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 17, 1968 · Page 4
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Four - Bi'ytheville (Ark.) Courier News-Monday, June IT, Paji four - Biyteve r. ouer_e-.- J j. - . NRA~Begins Gun Control Attack By DONALD M. ROTHBERG : Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Rifle Association, its amazing record of blocking strict federal gun controls in jeopardy, has begun its counter, attack. •And if the gun lobby lives up to its past successes, hundreds of thousands of letters opposing gun controls will rain down on Congress by mid-week—just before a House committee considers restrictions on gun sales. -The deluge of mail'Will be in response to a weekend plea by the NRA for its 900,000 members- to. "express their views without delay to their senators andSongressmen." .. ; Tie letter-writing campaign a fsiVorite gun lobby tactuv is the"*NRA's answer to the demands for tough gun controls flowing from the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy with a $30.95 pistol. In the past—even after President John F. Kennedy Was murdered with a mail order rifle— the NRA and its allies have successfully smothered proposals to regulate gun sales or require registration of guns. This comes in the face of overwhelming public support of such legislation. This spring, for example, pollster Louis Harris reported 71 per cent of Americans favored stricter gun control laws. What is the NRA?. How does it operate? Why does it pack so much power? Founded in 1871 by a group ol National Guard officers interested in improving their marksmanship, the NRA has grown over the years to an organiza- tion'with 900,000 members and a netrworth of nearly $12 million. Itoperates from an eight-story ;glass-and-marble headquarters ; building in downtown Washington. Emblazoned in gold letters above the main entrance is the-basic NRA credo: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." (This is from the second article of the Bill of Rights: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the .security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.") Inside the building, NRA President Harold W. Glassen puffs on his pipe and proclaims: "MaTie no mistake about it- there is a step-by-step move afoot to accomplish the ultimate deprivation of the American right to keep and bear arms." Glassen, a Lansing, Mich, lawyer, gets very annoyed by references to the NRA as a gun lobby. "All this talk about the gun lobby is baloney," he said in an interview. "We don't tell anyon to write to their congressmen.' Last Saturday, a two-page let ter signed by Glassen went to all NRA members. "Unless the sportsmen of America clearlj express their views without de lay to their senators and con gressmen," it said, "individual will be prohibited from acquir ing long guns (rifles and shot guns) in interstate commerc and general firearms registra tion will become a reality." The NRA's ability to generate mail is a major ingredient to iL successful fight against tougl gun control laws. NRA official have boasted in the past tha they can depend on their mem bers to flood Capitol Hill with u to 500,000 letters within 7 hours. Veterans of earlier battle over gun control legislation THOSE HORRID AGE SPOTS* don't doubt NRA's claims. "The first surge of mail after an assassination is always overwhelmingly in support of strict gun laws," says one congressional aide. "But about a week later trie NRA mail takes over and continues for weeks." Much of the new mail will be aimed at members of the House Judiciary Committee which by a tie vote last week rejected administration-supported legislation outlawing mail order sale of rifles and shotguns, over-the- counter sales of these guns to out-of-state residents and sales to anyone under 18. The committee meets Thursday to re consider its rejection of the bill TKe NRA's monthly maga zine, the American . Rifleman and various special bulletin keep members abreast .of the battle against stiff restrictions Members are supplied will point-by-point interpretations o proposed legislation—interpre tations that are often quote word-for-word in subsequent lei ters to congressmen. Sen. Joseph Tydings, D-Md gives an illustration of ho\ closely the letters follow NR publications. One NRA Docu ment misspelled his name "tic ings," he said, and "I got liter ally thousands of letters and po stcards from my constituents a' misspelling my name and a giving the line that was in th propaganda issued by th NRA." . After President Kennedy's ai sassination in November 196 scores of gun control bills wer introduced in Congress. Non passed. In 1964, 189 gun control bil were proposed in state legisl; ures and city councils. In i 964 annual report, the NR oted that "members reacte romptly, firmly and in fore 'o serious restrictive proposa were enacted." But the present drive for gu ontrols appears to "have SL be ;r chance of succeeding. Presi- ent Johnson, governors and mayors have joined in the call or strong legislation, and some ley members of Congress are shifting their, positions. NRA chief Classen appears worried. In his letter Saturday he said "the right of sportsmen in the United States to obtain, own and use firearms for proper awful purposes is in the greatest jeopardy in the history of our country." Interviews with a number of congressmen indicated NRA pf- 'icials are seldom in direct contact with members of the House and Senate. "We have yet to spend one single dollar on lobbying," Glas sen said. "We have never hired a lobbyist." Neither the NRA nor any of 5 national officers is registered ith Congress as a lobbyist. But keep its members informed gun control proposals and her bills, it has a "legislative ervice" with a budget of 131,000 in 1967. In a recent House speech, ep. Richard D. McCarthy said The NRA does not have to hire obbyists in the technical sense. ; has active members right in his chamber." Glassen said he didn't know ow many congressmen be- onged to NRA, .but estimated bout 40. Among the more ac- ive backers of the NRA view re Reps. Bob Casey, D-Tex.; Tohn D. Dlrigell, ti-Mich.; Cecil King, D-Calif.; and Robert L Gerrymandering is the setting contractors and material people of political boundaries to the ad- may be had upon payment of vantage 01! one group or party, printing costs. F. Sikes, D-Fla.; all NRA mem- iers. . ' Surveys show, half • -of all households in America have one or more firearms and NRA members Casey says millions of persons use weapons "very peaceably and pleasureably," says NRA member Casey. "I don't see why they should be punished because of a bunch of deadbeats and nogoods." FBI statistics show that nearly 60 per cent of the murders in this country are committed with guns. In 1966, the last year for which figures are available 5,660 persons were murderec with guns. In 1965, there were 5,015 gun murders. Glassen argues that if murd erers had no guns they woulc use some other weapon. "A man bent on homicide will commi homicide," he says. "The avail ability of a gun has nothing to do ... with the overall homicide rate." NRA is not alone in its figh against gun control laws Among its allies are thousand; of gun and sportsmen's clubi and conservation groups aeros^ the 'nation, as well as the gun and ammunition industry a( some of its offspring — the Na ional Shooting Sports Founda :ion, the Sporting Arms anc Ammunition Manufacturers In stitute and the National Reload ng Manufacturers Association But some chinks are appear ing in the previously solid coali tion. On Saturday, three gu manufacturers — Remington Savage and Winchester-Weste —issued a joint statement sup porting a ban on mail orde sales. The companies suggested however, that states be allowe< to exempt themselves from th ban. To charges that it opposes a gun conta>l legislation, NR spokesmen.reply that the asst ciation supported Sen. Roma Hruska's, R-Neb., amendment to prohibit shipment of firearm into states which have law against such gun sales and 1 bar all interstate sales to pe: sons under 18. But the NRA strongly opposes any registration system or restrictions on rifles and shotguns. Retired military officers abound in NRA hierarchy. Franklin L. Orth, NRA execu tive vice president, is a former deputy assistant secretary of the Army. Of the six NRA field representatives, four are retired Army colonels and one is a Maine Corps Reserve major. Hopalong OK LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Hlliam Boyd, 73,'Who became amous in the cowboy role of lopalong Cassidy, was in satis- actory condition today after an peration to remove a tumor rom' the lymph gland. Boyd's physician, Dr. Carl ewis, described the operation s serious, but said Boyd was making good progress. He said ioyd would remain in 'St. Vinent's Hospital about one more week. Boyd was admitted to.the.hos- ital June 5. Boyd starred in more than 5( Hopalong Cassidy movies, the irst made in 1935. He also ap- leared in a series of Hoppy'tel- -vision shows on NBC in 19523. Remember To Pay Your Paper Boy INVITATION FOB BIDS Sealed proposals for the erection of a Commercial Education Addition to Blytheville High School on North Eighth Street, Blytheville, Arkansas, will be received until 2 o'clock p.m. on June 26 at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, 614 ihickasawba Avenue, Blytheville, Arkansas where they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Mechanical (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing) and Electric work will be included in the General Contract, in accordance with Act 183 of 1957 Acts of Arkansas, the Contractor shall file a list of his proposed sub-contractors with his bid, and'a sealed envelope containing a list of the sub-contractors bids for the work. Copies of the-plans and specifications are on file in the office of the Superintendent of Schools, Blytheville, Arkansas and in the office of architect, Uzzell S. Branson, First National Bank Building, Blytheville, Arkansas and are open for public inspection. Plans and specifications may be procured from the architect by the contractors Who will submit a •proposal on the work, upon deposit., of $35.00 for each set. This deposit will be refunded to each contractor submitting a iid,-who returns.the documents in good condition within ten days after date 'for receiving bids. [f no bid is submitted, the cost of reproduction of the documents will be deducted from the re- Eund. Plans and specifications for sub- A. cashier's or acceptable bidder's bond in an amount not lew than five percent of the amount bid shall be furnished by each bidder, made payable to the Board of Directors of Blytheville School District No. J, Blytheville, Arkansas. . Attention is called to the fact that contractors bidding on this project must be licensed under the Arkansas Licensing Law for Contractors and fiat the number of said liceris* shall appear on outside of each bid. The owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities. By order of the Board thiilStb day. of May,. 1968. . W. H. Wyatt, President, Board of Directors S45, 17 FORMER SLAVE Sylvester Magee celebrated bis 127th birthday in Gulfport, Miss., Magee, who remembers being sold on the slave market In 1851, fought on the Union side during the Civil War. His 1841 birth in Carpet, N.C., is backed by Department of History and Archives in Jackson, Miss. WARNING ORDER In 'the Chancery Court, Chickasawba District, County, Arkansas. Patsy Lucille Wiseman, Plaintiff, vs. No. 17658 Billy Jean Wiseman, Defendant. The defendant, Billy Jean Wiseman is hereby warned to appear within thirty days in the court named in the caption hereof and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Patsy Lucille Wiseman. Dated this, 7Hi day of June, 1968 at 10:30' o'clock A.M. GERALDINE LISTON, Glerk By Opal Doyle, D. G. Bruce Ivy, Attorney James M. Gardner, Atty. Ad Litem. ' - • ' 6-10,17,24,7-1 i Ralph Ratton j FOR CONGRESS j 4 I . First Congressional Dist. ! (Pol. Ad. Pd. lor by Aia Crow, Ratton Com- dim. Citizens for mittEe.) BURL'S BEAUTY SALON Speeio/iz/ng in the- Latest Hair Fashion and Colors Announces Two New Operators! Patsy Pox and Lee Byrd Bryant (Formerly of Memphis) Open Evenings by Appointment PO 3-3356 The Unbeatables prove j M ; ''~ ? v^?.^M- . f>£ -•-••. 1' ^itplif^ff^''' •' you can afford a Chevy, you can afford a Chrysler. •^. . _ ; '•- s '• . .-.-,.'••••. - -'.;'/"- >y> '- •• .-. •.,.v^' " •r.f!-\9f•••-'>'•• •• • •Weathered brown cants on the surface — -=/ of your hands and face tell th* world you're getting old— perhaps before you really are. Fad* them away with new BSO- TERICA, that medicated cream that breaks up masse* o{ pigment on. th* sidn, otlpi mu* hands look white and young egain. Equally effective on the face, neck and armi. Not * cover-up. Acts in the ikla— not on it ragraut, grenade* ban for softening, lubricating CDQ •s It clears up thon blemliho, If you have thMo age-revmltac brown spot*, blotchef, or U you iwnt clearer, lighter ikin, UM •SSOTEKCA. At your ferorit* drug and toilttqr counter. £.0f. tSOTBUCA jOV STEWART'S DRUG STORE 220 E. MAIN Chrysler Newport now priced about $2.29 a month more than Chevy Caprice Chrysler Newport now priced about $2.29. a month more than a Chevy Caprice* (which is still a Chevy, a high- price, low-price car), Chrysler Newport now priced about $3.78 a month more than a Ford LTD* (which is still a Ford, a high-price, low-price car). That little more now moves you up.into a big, full- size, almost shamefully elegant Chrysler —and that's an unbeatable deal. Afford a Chrysler? The way we're dealing, can you afford to pass it up? •BlMd on SOmparison of manufacturers' suggested "I'll prices lor Chrysler Newport, Ferd LTD ahd Chevrolet CsprlM 2-dr hardtops, 6ompsrably equipped. With 3-spced automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering, radio, white sldt-wail tires, whoel covers. Comparisons ar« toned on oni-third down, 36 monthly payments including otn*r optional equipmant dutinatian charges, state and iocs! taxes, interest, Insurance «nd Uwnilni tcev ~" """' "61" MOTOR CO. • N. Highway 61, Blytheville, Ark. IT'S COMING... VALUE DAY! DOWNTOWN BLYTHEVILLE THURSDAY JUNE 20th HOURS: STORE OPENING UNTIL 8 P.M. SPECIALS AT THE SNACK TRUCK {10 A.M. 'Til 8 P.M.) HOT DOG mu PESI- COLA Snack Truck Will Be Located in Front of J. C. Penney's. SHOP DOWNTOWN BLYTHEVILLE THURSDAY, JUNE 20 See Wednesday's Courier For Outstanding Values

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