Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 41
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 41

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 10, 1972
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SP--Sept. 10, 1972 Sunday Gasette-Mail - ---- OHTIMM. MM* v**m»-- Once again, said Time Magazine in a recent issue, ' the National Rifle Association proved to be stronger than the national interest." In the remainder of the article or editorial or news story or whatever it was, Time never did say how the National Rifle Association had accomplished such a feat. The inference was clear, of course. By a vote of 68-25, the Senate had passed a handgun bill, and we were assured by Time that the bill had been watered down to the point where "the NRA and criminals have nothing to worry about." Lumping the NRA and the criminal element together has been a favorite device of the proponents of stronger gun controls, although as a group the one million members of the NRA are no doubt as law-abiding as anyone else. The article also indicated extreme dismay over the fact that the Senate bill repealed a provision of the 1968 gun control act that required records be kept of anyone buying rim- fire .22 caliber ammunition. This provision, Time declared, enabled police "to check up on criminal activity." Again, Time did not explain precisely how requiring records to be kept of people buying a box of .22 shells would enable police to check up on criminal activity. It didn't tell us whether this requirement, which had been in force since 1968, had in fact contributed to the tracking down of criminals. The Senate apparently though it hadn't. * * * NRA Lobbying Activities Unexplained But the most disappointing omission in the article was the lack of an explanation as to how the NRA had subverted the national interest. Is the NRA's lobbying influence so great that it can beat back attempts to push gun control laws through Congress? It is, we are repeatedly told in the Washington Post and New York Times and in other publications. One columnist recently made reference to the size of the NRA headquarters building in Washington, D. C., as though there is something sinister about the size of a building. We are constantly assured that Congress and the nation really favor such laws, and we are told, by implication at least, that anyone who opposes registration of firearms is joining hand-in-hand with assassins. I am not a member of the NRA and I do not necessarily subscribe to all its views, but in the interest of clarifying the NRA's role in Congress, let it be pointed out that the organization has one registered lobbyist, executive vice-president Maxwell E. Rich. According to the NRA, his lobbying consists of testifying before Congress on invitation and calling on various legislators to explain NRA's position on pending legislation. The suspicion lurks, therefore, that the NRA's positions on gun control must have at least a tiny strain of public support somewhere. * * * No Crime in Writing Congressmen Part of this public support comes, of course, from the one million NRA members themselves, who regularly receive mailings from NRA headquarters detailing legislative proposals. The members are urged to make their views known to their representatives in Congress, but there is hardly anything high- pressured about this. Most of us write our congressmen from time to time. The NRA members, who are admittedly vocal in their views on gun control, are no doubt joined by several million other letter-writing Americans of similar persuasion in expressing their views. Thus, the "powerful gun lobby" is born. Contrary to what its detractors have charged the NRA's lobbying efforts are not underwritten financially by the firearms manufacturers. The only money NRA receives from these firms is for advertising in the American Rifleman, an NRA publication. Time Magazine's assertion that the NRA once a g a i n proved to be stronger than the national interest should be examined in the light that maybe, just maybe, the NRA's | position on gun c o n t r o l is closer to what the country wants or doesn't want than what Time Magazine wants. * * * NRA's Views Shared The NRA has been called "subversive" and other less polite names for its doggedness in opposing gun legisla 1 - tion that wouldn't accomplish anything except create harassment for legitimate gun owners. It has been heaped with abuse for opposing gun registration and for h a v i n g the temerity to suggest that criminals might possibly not register their guns. It Is attacked for daring raise the question of how requiring a hunter or target shooter to register a box of .22 rifle shells would help police check up on criminal activity. It has been accused of subverting the national interest because its members write letters to their congressmen expressing their views. It has been called an apologist for the gun-bearers of the country because it suggests that efforts in gun control legislation have been misdirected and ineffectual and that existing gun control laws have inconvenienced 1 a w-abiding firearms owners more than anybody else. Perhaps the champions of gun control should at least consider the possibility that the NRA is not wll-powerful and that perhaps its views cr. gun control are shared by a few other people. --Staff Photo by Larry Pierce MARSHA HARPER AND JANESTA, STATE CHAMPION MARE Horse Receives Loving Care, Hay and Vitamin Pills Family Pet Repeats as State Quarter Horse Mare Champ DE Soccer Opens Saturday ELKINS /P-With a new head coach and without some of last year's stars, the Davis Elkins soccer team starts its 1972 sea-lj son next Saturday against ^ fending NCAA champion Howard J- University. j if Head Coach Fred Schmalzj* will be trying to improve o n j j last year's senstaional season j j when the Senators finished sec-ljf ond in the NAIA. But he'll be|* attempting it without four-time' All-American Bill Smyth · ROD REEL RENTALS "Tin Cimpklt ftmilf Htr" ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C.2S512 Ken Bradley, Mgr. Phon. 919/726-3176 ORTSMAJV'SJ SHIXG PIER } andXESTAURANT J · COMPLETE TACKJ.E SHOP · SNACK BAR J * * thfbig ones » bile." * !***************************$ A four-year-old quarter horse mare, the family pet at the Ed Harper family of St. Albans, is getting some special attention these days. The horse recently won grand champion mare honors at the West Virginia State Fair at Fairlea, marking the second consecutive year she has captured this honor. "She's a real nice mare. We're proud of her," said Mrs. Harper last week as the mare--"Poco Janesta" 'by name--romped at the family's grounds on Strawberry Rd. "Janesta" is a special favorite of Marsha, the Harper's 13- clipping manes, bathing, things like that," explained Mrs. Har- the mare ready for shows. Quarter Horse Assn. shows in "There is a lot of grooming, West Virginia, winning four grand champion awards and one reserve champion award. Each showing was under different AQHA-approved judges. And what does "Janesta" get out of all this? Well, lots of loving care, plenty of horse feed and hay, and vitamin pills. Curtis Cokes Loses DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - "Tap-Tap" Makathini, the Zulu middleweight champion boxed his way Saturday to a 10- per. Marsha helps in this department, in addition to doing a lot of riding. * * * HARPER, a masonry contractor, has shown horses as a hobby for the past six years. "I've been interested in horses ever since I was a kid," he explained. "It's just something I've always liked." Harper obtained "Janesta" in Tulsa. Okla., three years ago. This year she has been shown year-old daughter who helps get at five approved American round Cokes, decision over Dallas, former welterweight champion. Curtis worl I free Mai offer. Orioles Buy Matchick BALTIMORE (API - The Baltimore Orioles announced Saturday that they had purchased Tom Matchick from their Rochester farm club in the International League. Use V/ani Ads. Dial 348-4848 Signing up for Army ROTC in college is no big deal. No major commitment. All we'd like you to do is give it a try. Take the Basic Course during your freshman and sophomore years. See what it's all about. You'll find that it's only a few hours a week. That's not going to get in the way of classes, study, sports or other activities. At the end of your sophomore year you'll know for sure. If you decide to go on with the ROTC Advanced Course you'll be paid $100 a month during your / last two years of school. You'll also be earning your degree and commission at the same time. It's even possible for you to go on to graduate school Then serve as an officer later. Check out ROTC now. /" Army ROTC. The more you look at it, the better it looks. 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