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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lettibtidge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, June 1, 1972 PAGES 25 30 A Dealer is never iar away in California New campaign for firearm control WALLACE WHEELS AROUND HOSPITAL Alabama's Governor George Wallace is pushed around 1he halls of Holy Cross Hospital by his wife Cornelia, left, and daughter Mrs. Bobby Jo Parsons, in a wheelchair. He's in the Silver Spring hospital in Mary- land recovering from gunshot wounds. Serum hepatitis disturbs American medical group By CHARLES FOLEY I London Observer Service There was a bank holdup in Los Angeles within a few hours of the attempt on Governor Gosrge Wallace's life. The lone bandit was shot down by police before the Press and television cameras under a storefront sign that offered "Guns! Guns! and a sales display which included a flickering neon rifle that popped bright neon "bullets." Your friendly neighborhood gun dealer is never far away in California, where three new handgun sales are made every minute, and prices start at around The would-bo bank bandit had a sharp new German Rohm, model RGS, which comes at and which, po- lice say, is one of the common- est murder weapons in the state. And there are a lot of murders in California 800 each year in Los Angeles County alone. Compare that with Greater London's average of 40 per year, always remem- bering that Britain's capital has twice the population. California today is haunted by fear of another political assas- sination, like that which four years ago brought down Sena- tor Robert Kennedy in Los An- geles' Ambassador Hotel. As the state resounds to the cam- paign cries of Democratic pres- idential hopefuls McGovern, Shirley Chisholm nd others are in there pitching The National Rifle Associa- tion, which has a million regis- tered members but claims to speak for some 30 million gun enthusiasts, is the spearhead of the gun lobby. It can deluge politicians who seek tougher leg- islation, like Los Angeles' Dis- trict Attorney Joseph Buscii, with vituperative mail. Advo- cates of control receive frequent death threats, and it is alarm- Ing to know that the people who write them have the means at hand to carry out their threats. The gun lobbyists threaten poh'tical extinction to anyone daring to support meaningful gun legislation; and the politi- cians listen, although Gallup polls have shown for the past decade that the great majority of Americans favour stricter controls. (The latest poll, made for the Wall Street Journal, shows 79 per cent of the popula- tion believe that a police permit should be necessary for all gun purchases. "We are constantly told to write to our congressmen to be says a correspondent in the Los Angeles Times. "But my files bulge with replies, filed under 'N' for non-sequit- urs, from my elected non-rep- resentatives who refuse to commit themselves to the de- mands of the majority for radi- cal gun legislation." If recent history is any guide, matters are unlikely to change soon. Congress did pass a weak Gun Control Act in WC8, after the King and Kennedy assassi- nations, but it has since been poked full of loopholes. Now, reformers, hope, the attack on Governor Wallace may start things moving again. Most Cal- ifornia legislators argue that the control must come from Fed- eral level to be really effec- tive; but the Nixon Administra- tion replies that it is a local matter. Unlil that debate is resolved, Americans will go on being killed or woundad by gunfire at the rate of one every two min- utes a total of deaths each year. The Election Expenses Bill Is something ready to blow in Ottawa? CHICAGO (CP) Concern over the possibility of an in- fected mother passing on serum hepatitis to her new-born child is expressed in the Journal of the American Medical Associa- tion. Epidemic under control FROBISHER BAY, N.W.T. (CP) Four more doctors have been sent to this Baffin Island community to battle an epi- demic of respiratory disease which has killed two Eskimo ba- bies and put 12 more in hospi- tal. The children, ranging in age from six weeks to three years, have been struck by adeno virus, a disease resembling in- fluenza but which attacks the lungs and can cause fatal pneu- monia. Dr. Alex Williams, medical director of the Frobisher Bay Hospital, said Tuesday night he considers the spread of the virus "under control." He has had reports of about 20 cases in the area since the disease was first noticed Friday. Serum hepatitis Is a serious liver disease and the editorial in! ,he journal accompanies an ar- ticle reporting the disease can be transmitted to babies during birth through the placenta or during delivery. There are two types of hepati- tis: infectious and serum. Infec- tious hepatitis can be transmit ted by contaminated, shellfish, or contact with affected per- sons. It was commonly assumed that serum hepatitis could be contracted only through proce- dures which broke the skin such as transfusion, vaccination or drug abuse using infected nee- dles. It now appears that it can be transmitted through pla- centa, during delivery and pos- sibly through close personal contact, sexual contact or biting insects. The editorial said: "Trans- placental infection is not pre- ventable." It warned of the pos- sibility that children infected in this way may remain lifelong carriers of hepatitis but withoui visible signs of disease. The likelihood of such trans- mission increases with the ris- ing incidence of drug abuse among women of child-bearing age. The growing number of chronic carriers among children could become a prolonged threat to the community, it said. In the article three California physicians reported the results of testing 56 mothers who had acute hepatitis during preg- nancy or within six months of delivery and their infants for serum hepatitis. The doctors used a test for detecting a substance called the hepatitis-associated antigen which shows infection with serum hepatitis. This made it possible for them to delect the illness in Infants who showed no other sign of disease. The transfer of hepatitis from mother to infant was common babies of 26 Infected moth- ers. Doctors believed the dis- ease was definitely transmittec through the placenta in three cases and during delivery in one. None of the affected children have become free of infection From three to 23 months after birth, all were still infected al though they appeared healthy. It is not known whether thi persistent infection will maki the children lifelong carriers o the disease with no harm tc themselves or if it will produce progressive liver disease not ob- vious until later in life or some proportion of each outcome. Authors of the article are Drs Irvin L. Sehweiter, Adriennc Wing, Christine McPeak anc Robert L. Spears from the Uni versity of Southern California school of medicine and the hep- atitis and neonatology units John Wesley Hospital, Los An Author of the editorial is Dr James W. Mosley, also of Johr Wesley Hospital. VA -I SPECIALS Fancy Cotton T-Shirts and long sleeve Wallace Beery style....................... each Boot Cut Lee Jeans Assorted Colored Fortrel Pants Boutique Packaged Belts Jean Jackets....... 280 8 g.00 gas PLUS OTHER SPECIALS AS MARKED FREE COFFEE AND DONUTS DRAW FOR ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JUNE 1 AND 2 DRAW FOR ON SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd JEAN JUNGLE CENTRE VILLAGE MALL us month and next so the insion rises. Senator Edward Kennedy Is ot, officially, running; yet his rife Joan has been so terrified y the hundreds of death ireats he receives each week y mail and telephone that she as taken to visiting a psychia- rist. As for George Wallace, is Californian campaign is in le hands of volunteer workers the people who not long ago up a dazzling fund- aising plan: they offered "an inregistered gun" as a lot- ery prize, and told critics that they felt the move might do omething to discourage riots, iUN RESTRAINT reformers In Cali- ornia and other states have Ken trying for the past decade 0 halt, or at least put some jnd of restraint on the sale of ircarms. From Senator Ken- nedy himself to the late direc- or of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover, public figures have demanded 1 federal or state-by-state sys- of gun control. But they cannot beat the powerful gun lobby and its backers, among whom must be numbered Mr. Wallace. The Alabama governor sub- scribes to the view which one most often sees expressed in California in the form of a bumper sticker: "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." The argument is :hat restrictive gun legislation in the long run restricts only [he law-abiding citizen who keeps a weapon for sell-protec- tion. The wrong-doer Is as little likely to be dissuaded from vi- olence by a gun law as he is by other laws. JOO MILLION The reformers observe that there are an estimated 100 mil- lion guns in the hands of pri- vate citizens across the coun- try five million of them in California and the ease with which they may be obtained cannot be discounted as a fac- tor in the wave of political as- sassinations. The National Com- mission on the Causes and Pre- vention of Violence, examin- ing the attacks on such politi- cal figures as President Ken- nedy, Martin Luther King, Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell and Senator Robert Kennedy, has said that "the availability of guns contributes to violence in American soci- eity." The Los Angeles Times put it more bluntly this week: "Guns make murder easy it Is a national disgrace." American homicide statistics, the reformers also point out, are far ahead of all other indus- trial nations. The U.S. murder rate is, for example, eight times higher than that of Britain where guns can be blamed for only 20 per cent of all homi- cides. And, of course, the has the world's highest per cap- ita ownership of handguns about 135 for every people, compared with Britain's five per citizens. On a visit 10 California last year, London coroner Dr. David Paul remark- ed that while the British doubt- less do their share of "punch- ing, gouging or kicking" there simply wasn't the opportunity, thanks to strict British f i r e- arms control, of grabbing a pis- iol and killing somebody. By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA After a few months in Ottawa watching the daily round of questions and de- bates in the House of Commons, most people develop an uncanny instinct that tells them when something is about to blow up in the government's face. Usually, there's plenty of warning. Opposition MPs stand up to ask embarrassing ques- tions about a certain matter. The right answers never come. But the MPs continue to stand up and plug away day after day. They are joined by other MPs. Soon, the subject becomes just too big and significant to brush under the carpet. It happened last fall when the Liberal government tried to ram the Prairie Grains Stabili- zation Bill through the Com- mons. It happened earlier this year with the Yves Geoffroy af- fair. It happened a month or so ago when widespread opposition forced Ottawa to halt plans call- ing for the erosion of traditional symbols of the RCMP. And in the past week or so it has started to happen again with the Election Expenses Bill. The suggested aim ot the bill was simple enough. It sought to control election expenditures so that the average person would have, in theory, as much chance of representing his interests in Parliament as people with vast amounts of campaign funds to call on. Suddenly, almost out of the blue, an amendment was tacked on to the bill. The amendment's aim sought to limit freedom ol speech for newspapers for two days at the end of a federal election campaign. It would gag the press by preventing any newspaper from publishing an article of partisan political com- ment on election day, and on the day before. The press gag quite simply meant that a news- paper editor wouldn't be able to recommend to his readers points he thought they should consider before putting that fateful cross on the ballot. The reaction was swift, if slightly confused. Most MPs knew little about the amend- ment until it appeared. But Robert McCleave (PC Halifax East Hants) had digested the new amendment. A former jour- nalist too, he was astounded. And went on to say so in the House of Commons at the first opportunity. He wanted to know what evil was being cured by the amendment, he suggested the new 'remedy' to the suppos- edly past evil, was a greater one than the disease itself. Reaction from outside the Commons was swift too. News- paper editorials and newspaper groups immediately protested against the strait jacket the gov- ernment proposed putting on the press. The privy council office swiftly said that it would bo willing to listen to proposals against the amendment. To some people the amend- ment came as no surprise. Wal- ter Stewart, in his controversial and bestselling book Shrug: Trudeau in Power, outlined in some detail the lengths Prime Minister Trudeau's office has Jone to in attempts to create only favorable publicity from Parliament Hill. Slewart, ob- viously no friend ot the current government, pointed out the subtle techniques of pressure which have slowly but surely crept in. Reporters who write critical stories about the gov- ernment, for instance, find it difficult to get interviews with nigh officials. Therefore, when the amend- ment suddenly appeared while some were not surprised by the thought behind it, they were taken aback by the federal gov- ernment's sheer audacity in ap- parently believing it would be a relatively simple task to get the new amendment on to the stat- ute books. But on Parliament Hill, as anger over the amend- ment began spreading, it soon became increasingly more diffi- cult to find people who really expected the government to go ahead and, if need be, ram the bill into legislation. his style old style Remember? He was all bronze, biceps and ten feet no kicked sand In your face while he was around. Yesterday's heroes had a style all their own a beer all their own: Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner. And It's still going strong today, still slow-brewed and naturally aged for honest, old-time flavour. Help yourselfl TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF UTHBRIOfiE ;