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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald Third Section August 1973 PAGES 25 TO 32 COPS WITH REAL GUNS INCREASE CHANCE FOR DEATH By TOM TIEDE NEW YORK Re- cently in New Jersey a report- er in a bank was chatting with the security guard. The in his early was discussing his responsibilities and pointed to his .38 cal. revolver to make a revealing point. guess I'm suppsed to use but I hope don't have to. I couldn't hit the broad side of a The numbing by is not unusual. Ameri- which has for generations condemned the proliferation of guns in the erratic hands of now is baginning to worry about the numbers of weapons in the erratic hands of anti-criminals. New York has of late begun to weed out its policemen. Boston is trying to tighten up rules for arms use by law enforcement personnel. There are demands in several cities that off-duty cops leave their weapons in the station house. But the far greater too seldom comes not from official police forces. Today all manner of non-offi- cial security people are strap- ping guns to their often without proper often without psychological clearance and very often without any real need other than prestige and bluster. The bank guard in New Jer- sey is one example. A retired Army clerk with no combat he was hired main- ly as a pistol packin' deter- rent. But not only is he not a deterrent according to profes- sional security men who be- lieve bank guards are outdat- he is a danger. If who's to say how'd he'd There are no reliable statis- tics on the but evidence suggests the bank guard is one of hundreds of thousands of grossly inept yet legal gun- wearers in the country. New York's Port Authority police carry weapons while they dir- ect bridge and tunnel traffic. Private detectives carry side- arms while they tail and in- vestigate playboy husbands. All of the nation's estimated 000 plus professional security guards are eligible for gun duty. Many amateur security most of whom are hired off the also carry guns. armed men work in in buses and at base- ball games. Most distressing of per- are the legions of police the nation who are being issued icreasing numbers of weapons. These men numbering about mostly volunteers were ori- ginally assigned simple cleri- traffic or crowd control duties. But in many they have acquired many of the same responsibilities as official po- lice officers and posse mem- bers. The says former anti-gun Congressman Abner Mikva is out of con- beget vio- lence begets violence. We are approaching in this country what the Kerner Commission predicted our cities have become armed Not only must a citizen fear the bad guys Mikva he must fear the good guys too. To be sure. A factory owner hiring an untrained retiree for late night security in many arm the man with a cannon. An agency security low paid and can and often will draw his revol- ver to shoot at noises in the night. Recently in New York City a Housing Authority sen- try shot two teen-agers for sim- ple trespassing. And not long ago a auxiliary cop in Dallas killed a burglar with a 'shotgun he kept under the patrol car seat. Mikva says such indiscrimi- nate gun even if is unacceptable. And many se- curity authorities agree. John Koran of the Pinkerton Detec- tive Agency says his men are from having wea- pons except when they are ex- perienced and in hazardous Otto national director of the Reserve Law Officers says no auxiliary officer should be given a weapon unless he has passed a mental as well as physical re- not enough to know how to shoot. A man with a badge must also know when and when not to Mikva believes gun-banning and would reduce the proliferation of leg- ally carried firearms. Law and security authorities feel the so- lution would be better handled through legislation. Gerald Arenberg of the American Fed- eration of says he would like to see all states adopt sim- ilar laws requiring strict train- ing for gun carriers. But neither approach Js likely to bring quick improve- ment. Anti gun laws have failed in Congress for decades. And qualifying people on rifle ranges will in no way reduce the worry of too many substitute cops having too many real guns. As Portuguese gov- ernment forces strain to keep their slippery Footholds in fhey are relying in- on African froops. In the wake of recent charges that government units mas- sacred innocent villag- ers in a Monitor correspondent analyzes the Portu- guese view of that un- happy land's fierce guerrilla war. Aid Portugal to preserve 'empire' By FREDERIC HUNTER Christian Science Monitor Mozambique B the Portuguese have a secret weapon in their anti-guerrilla war in S-Sgt. Vas- concelos Siu Canangdas and his colleagues are it. In February Sergeant Canangdas was accompanying an army convoy moving be- tween this kqy border overlooking the Ruvuma River and hostile Tanzania and the Indian Ocean coast port of Palma. Suddenly shots rang out. Guerrillas of the Mozambique Liberation Front had ambushed the convoy. Ordinarily in the first mo- ments of an a convoy is thrown into confusion. The attackers hold the initiative. This is when they inflict real damage on their enemy. But in those first moments when his convoy was ambush- Sergeant Canangdas react- ed immediaetly. He stood up on the vehicle he was riding. He fired his bazooka. Suddenly the attackers themselves were thrown into confusion. The ini- tiative passed to Sergeant Can- angdas. He jumped from the pursued the and drove them off. MODEST The way his commanding officer tells the Sergeant Oanangdas single handsdJy routed the ambushers. He naw has a medal to commemorate his bravery. Sergeant Canangdas himself is modest. He was merely de- corated for good he ex- plains. why he is fif- ing in this he says he is Portuguese and that he is de- fending Portugal. there are no black Por- objects the skeptical interviewer. Sergeant Canangdas only grins at this. am of Portu- guese he insists. are all and we fight for the same At Mr. Canangdas ia a in one of the yellow-beret- wearing units known as Spe- cial Groups. Of the Karonga he was born in Mozam- bique's Lourenco Mar- outside his tribal and got 10 years of education there. After serving his regular mili- tary he volunteered for Special Groups. He received his gade and married an Ajau girl from this region. Although he still carries grenade shrapnel in his he wants to make the army his career. It does not bslittie Sergeant Oanangdas's moment of brav- ery to say it will not alone win the war. Why then is he a se- cret Because Sergeant Canangdas is one of hundreds of such de- Portugal thinks of these Special Groups men as its secret weapon. Gen. Kaulza de until early in July the commander of all Portuguese forces in this calls the Special Groups a weap- on. worth is proved by the ferocity of enemy propa- ganda he adds. Comments another Portu- guese are better better better and better trained. Everything about them is confides Gen- eral to have excel- lent instructors. He Group men are volunteers from the local population. They are high- ly trained militarily and highly 'mentalized' both in Portuguese and anti Communist feelings and in raising living standards. a rule they fight in their home and they are poles for spreading 'mentalization' throughout the population. We will have 100 Special Group units by late These comments underline the basic Portuguese approach to controlling subversion in J. hzambique. The Portuguese seem at last to have realized that their guerrilla war here is basically a war of persuasion. 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