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en Do I Get a Gun. Dad? ESTHER VILLE DAILY NEWS, PR I., DEC. 24, 1971 Page 7 Gun Safety Training Necessary for Gun Handling WASHINGTON, D. C. - I have a 10-year-old son, so I knew the question might come up some day. It did ... this year, "Dad, when am I going to be permitted to have a gun?" It was nearly 30 years ago' that I'd asked my own father the same question. Fortunately, the decision was a relatively easy one for him. At that time we lived in Tucson, then a town of 30,000 - only one-tenth its present population. Day taught at the state university, wrote for an outdoor magazine, and was also an incurable gun buff. He had no trouble taking two or three hours off from his jobs several times a month for a target practice or to hunt jackrabbits and coyotes, which were plentiful in the nearby desert. And from the time I was "knee-high to an antelope 'jack,' " I was allowed to tag along with him. There were fewer people around then. And thus there were fewer hunters. By and large, those who hunted them did so because the hunting area seldom was more than a few miles from home. The kids hunted primarily because their fathers did, and hunting was considered by almost everyone to be a manly sport There weren't so many game laws in those days, either, and the science of game management was still in its infancy. But times change. The Tucson I knew as a child has disappeared. The residential suburbs, supermarkets, h a m b u r g- er stands, bowling alleys, and industrial parks of the new Tucson sprawl far out into the desert. Houses costing $100,000 and more cling to the rocky foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains on ground over which I scrambled nearly three decades ago looking for bighorn sheep. And for this reason, the logistics of planning a hunt today in the Tucson area-as well as in Seattle where we live now and many other areas -can be enough to stagger the mind of the most seasoned military commander. And "sighting in" a rifle near a metropolitan area also can require lengthy waits at shooting ranges, especially as hunting season approaches. Good outdoor manners (of which safety Is part) are imperative because of the great competition for hunting, fishing, and recreational space. I bring all this up only by way of indicating that the decision as to whether or not to allow your youngster to have his own rifle these days is not as simple as it was years ago. So what did I tell my son John when he asked when he'd be able to have a gun? I said that I'd sleep on the matter. And I did . . . for two nights. Then I told him he could have his rifle. I knew just the gun. It was a scope-sighted .22 caliber, none the worse for wear almost 30 years after my dad had given it to me. When I have been able to dovetail my time off from my job ISU Escapes Arkansas; Drake Victim of Gophers BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Reserve strength in the person of seven-foot Tom O'Connor and fleet Eric Heft fueled an Iowa State rally Thursday night that carried the Cylones to a 96-93 victory over Arkansas. The victory ran BU's record to 5-4 and equalled the total victories turned in last season when the Cyclones finished 5-21. "This is a win I am quite pleased in because it was not one in which we gave one of our better efforts on defense," Coach Maury John said afterwards. "We were doing everything wrong defensively we could in the first half," added John. "We seemed to be just happy to trade baskets and you can't do that on the road and win." Iowa State trailed by as much as 10 points midway in the" first half,r but pared the lead "to' six (51-45) at halftime'. Martinez Denmon's jump shot finally earned the Cyclones a tie at 82-all. O'Connor's basket with 4:15 to play finally shot Iowa State into the lead at 87-86. A basket by Clinton Harris and a Denmon free throw iced the game in the final minute. O'Connor finished with a season's high 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. "We went to him more in th second half and he responded," said John. "He played with much more determination in the second half than at anytime this season." Heft, a 6-foot-l guard, filled in for foul-troubled Gene Mack and finished with a personal high 15 points. Mack closed with five points, but rode the bench much of the second half with four fouls. -."Eric came off the bench and gave-us a good-defensive 'effort,'* noted John. "And most of with my son's days off from school, he has accompanied me on a few hunting jaunts. As my own father did for me, I've taken John out into the country, taught him the rudiments of shooting position, breath control, how to squeeze a trigger gently, and the vital importance of gun safety. Yet my personal instruction on how to handle a gun properly is not enough. Before he can buy a hunting license, John and all youngsters up to age 18 must complete a firearms safety course. This course is an official function of the State Game Commission in 41 states and is required by law in 16 of those, including Washington. It is also mandatory in the other nine states (where it is taught by volunteer instructors who have been certified by the National Rifle Association), as well as in six Canadian provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.* While there is no restriction as to age, applicants must be deemed capable of understanding the instruction and physically able to handle a firearm properly. Washington's course is free, and it, and similar courses in other states, is patterned after one which was started in 1949 in New York State by the National Rifle Association. Since then, more than five million boys and girls have learned the importance of firearms safety under the NRA-inspired program. Last year, more than 17,000 youngsters were trained here in our state of Washington. Several weeks ago, John received a quick rundown from the local state coordinator for firearms safety on what he, John, should expect when he takes the course before the fall hunting season. Among other things, he will learn about: a) The parts of a gun and how to care for them b) The safe ways to enter a boat or cross a fence with a gun c) His place in the zones of fire when hunting with other fire when hunting with others d) The safest color (blaze orange) to wear in the field e) The dangers of pointing a rifle at something that he doesn't intend to shoot f) The state game and gun laws g) Common courtesy in the field, such as not littering and seeking an owner's permission to hunt on his land. If this seems like a pretty big order to you for a lad John's age, you're quite correct, but the primary aim, after all, is to make him a safe hunter. The state coordinator always tells the fathers of youngsters who have satisfactorily completed the course, "It's your responsibility to see that your child puts into practice what he learns in the course. Safety should become a habit." The choice of a gun should be no great problem. In my opinion, unless the youngster is in his mid-teens, it's unwise to start him out with anything that hurls more of a punch than a .22 or a .410 shotgun. Whether it's a bolt or lever action is largely a matter of personal taste, although I personally believe a clip- fed bolt action is safeter than the so-called automatics. Complete with telescopic sight, a suitable .22 rifle should cost somewhere between $55 and $90. My choice of a .410 shotgun would be either a single-shot or a pump. Cost of these ranges from about $80 for a good single shot to well over $200 for an outstanding pump type. Quality is usually In direct proportion to the cost. H you shop wisely, and if your boy treats his gun with the same loving care that I have given that .22 my dad gave me nearly 30 years ago, he can probably pass it along to his own son 30 years from now. M. H. Patterson Iowa Lakes Weightlifters Gain National Notability The weight lifting team of Iowa Lakes Community College is featured in the current issue of Strength and Health, an international weight lifting magazine. The article, written by Mrs. M. H. Patterson, instructor at Iowa Lakes Community College and wife of the volunteer-director of the team, describes the beginning and success of the competitive program. Patterson, alone, displays one of the trophies won by the weightlifters this season. In addition to relating how the weight lifting activity began last year at Iowa Lakes, the article also tells of the many advantages of the northwest Iowa area, and describes various course offerings and activities at the college. The team, under Patterson's direction, won 21 trophies and awards in its first season last year. During the current year the college's weight lifting activities include courses for credit on both the north and south campuses and a varsity team that competes in Amateur Athletic Union weight lifting. Iowa Lakes' team will be traveling to the Anamosa State Reformatory Power Lifting Contest, the South Dakota State University meet, Upper Iowa College at Fayette, Coe College, and the State finals at Ames. Among the champions pictured in the feature story are Dennis Seagren, Ephraim Senbetta, Ron Zeman, Louis Weber, Lyle Batton, Ron Miller, and Mark Spilles. The photographs used in connection with the story showed these and other ILCC students working out and competing. Iowa Lakes Community College is the first Iowa college or university to be featured and the only two-year college whose weight lifting activities have been described by the magazine, which is the world's oldest weight lifting journal and which has several foreign language editions. the points he got were crucial ones that kept us close to the lead." Harris and Denmon each finished with 21 points. Iowa State managed a 53 per cent shooting night from the field but for the eighth time in nine games was out-rebounded — losing the battle 57 to 56. Arkansas, now 3-5, got a game-high 27 points from junior college transfer Martin Terry. The Razorbacks are coached by former University of Iowa assistant Lanny Van Eman. Iowa State is idle until Tuesday when it opens ,play against Kansas in the first'round of the Big Eight Conference Tournament at Kansas City. Towering Minnesota showed its rebounding power Thursday , night,,and dropped Drake to its third straight defeat—a 70-56 setback. .' r > > >-•• "One word can nicely sum up this game—and that's rebounding," said Drake Coach Howard Stacey. The Bulldogs lost the battle of the boards 50 to 19. "They are the most powerful club I have seen when it comes to going to the boards," added Stacey as his club dropped to 23. The first-year coach, however, saw some encouraging signs. "I still say we are just a couple of inches away from being a good ball club," noted Stacey. "Despite the losses, I think we have improved and that's the important thing." Minnesota, 4-2, which has lost only to second-ranked Marquette and Bradley, jumped to a 2-0 lead and never trailed in the game that saw some 51 personal fouls called plus three technicals. The game was held up one time for several minutes as some of the crowd of 13,112 littered the floor when Drake apparently changed players while the game was in progress and was not called for a violation. The Gophers pulled to a 31-27 halftime lead, but Drake rallied with a nine to one scoring burst midway in the final half to pull within two at 42-40. "With a little break or two then we could have gone up on them and it might have been a changed game," noted Stacey. Minnesota, however, pulled away again as turnovers killed Drake's rally. Clyde Turner with 23 points, Ron Behagen with 13 and Corky Taylor and Jim Brewer with 11 each paced the winners. Brewer chipped in with 16 rebounds and Taylor 14. Bob Whitley, who did not start, led Drake with 14 points and David Langston added 11. Larry Seger, another reserve, added nine and pulled down 10 rebounds. Minnesota outshot Drake from the field 40 to 35 per cent. Drake is at home against Chicago State Monday. Oklahoma, 3-3, took an exhibition match with Athletes in Action 101-92 in Norman Thursday night. The game does not count in the standings. Arkansas led most of the game, but Iowa State's Clint Harris hit a layup with 43 seconds left and Martinez Denmon added a free throw for the winning margin. Martin Terry of Arkansas was top scorer with 27 points. Tom O'Connor was high for Iowa State with 24. San Jose State, hitting only 37 per cent from the floor, was 15 points down before starting a late rally that cut the gap to 7061. But Nebraska got the next 10 points and chilled the visitors. Chuck Jura hit 22 points for the Huskers. Leon Beauchman got 14 for San Jose. DOUG CROUDY Fourth Place Finish For ppug Grpudy Doug Croudy registered his best score in pass-punt-kick competition eliminations Sunday at Houston but was held to fourth place, giving Doug the equivelant of a seventh or eighth place finish among 13-year olds in the nation. Croudy had won in local, area, and district competition before traveling to semi-final action at Houston. Over six million boys participated in the program in its beginning at the local levels, making the youth function of its nature in the United States. Doug was accompanied to Houston for his competition in the Astrodome by his father, Bill, and Jim Valen of Valen Ford. Minnesota^ Dallas Meet Saturday What is Santa Claus bringing Roger Staubach for Christmas? The Purple Gang, sub-freezing temperatures, a chance of snow and a shot at the National Football League's Super Bowl, that's what. Temperatures ranging from 18 to 28 degrees—above zero, that is—are forecast for the MInneapolis-St. Paul area Saturday, when the Minnesota Vikings host Staubach and the Dallas Cowboys in a nationally televised (CBS, 1 p.m., EST) National Football Conference semifinal game. Later Saturday, veteran quarterback Len Dawson will lead the Kansas City Chiefs against the Miami Dolphins in an American Football Conference semifinal clash (NBC, 4 p.m., EST). Since Coach Tom Landry tabbed him as Dallas' No. 1 quarterback, Staubach has led the Cowboys to seven consecutive victories, the NFC East crown and an 11-3 record overall. The Cowboys averaged 29 points per game, with Staubach working with running backs Cal Hill, Duane Thomas and Walt Garrison and throwing to wide receivers like Lance Alworth and Bob Hayes or tight ends Billy Truax and Mike Ditka, who shuttle in and out bringing plays from Landry. But Saturday, Roger the Dodger will be up against the Purple Gang, the awesome Minnesota defense which has allowed less than 10 points per game. Defensive ends Carl Eller and Jim Marshall and tackles Alan Page and Gary Larsen were the key to Minnesota's 113 season, enough for the NFC Central crown. i mm Santa has a message for his reindeer... 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