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ARMS AND THE LAW
There are in the U.S. some 35 million persons who own firearms of some kind—rifles, shotguns, handguns and a varied assortment of war souvenirs. Two of these 35 million—two assassins—turned up in Dallas a fortnight ago and shocked the world. Result: further impetus for the long crusade to register all firearms, including hunting rifles and shotguns, with state and federal authorities.
Many who oppose firearms ownership altogether, and some who desire arms registration, are afraid of guns, do not understand them and therefore are antagonistic to them. It is these, in the main, who would make it as cumbersome as possible for Americans to own and use guns, even for recreational hunting and target shooting.
The contention that mandatory registration of firearms would prevent such tragic crimes as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the subsequent murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, is ludicrous. Even the most stringent laws, such as New York's Sullivan Act, cannot prevent criminals, fanatics and lunatics from obtaining guns illegally. Rather, the effect is to disarm the law-abiding, while muggers run free.
When a football coach assays a player candidate, he looks first for size, next for quality. When Coach Dick Tucker of Orange Coast (junior) College of Costa Mesa, Calif. saw Billy White, 5 feet 4 inches and weighing, with a belly full of water, 134 pounds, he was stunned. "If I hadn't known him by reputation," says Tucker, "I'd have sent him home. But we didn't have anyone else who could play quarterback, so I didn't figure I had anything to lose."
He had a Junior Rose Bowl engagement to gain, it turned out. Orange Coast meets Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the JRB December 14 before some 70,000 stadium spectators and a nationwide television audience. This is thanks, in great part, to Quarterback White, who led Orange Coast to a 9-1 record last year and a 9-0 record this year. He completed 67 of 109 passes, with but one interception. Against Riverside he completed 12 of 15 passes and 15 of 18 against Fullerton. Too short to throw out of the pocket, he must make all his passes come off the roll.
THE PIONEERING BROWNS
During their long and usually undistinguished career, the St. Louis Browns were more often noted for their exercises in futility than for being first in anything. But now historians have learned that the Browns were the first baseball team to use commercial air transport.