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Only if you’re on the wrong side of it

National Park Service classifies traditional ammunition as a health threat? NSSF says:

In response to an announcement today regarding a National Parks Service program encouraging hunters to voluntarily switch to alternative ammunition, the National Shooting Sports Foundation rejected NPS’s categorization of traditional ammunition as a health threat. NSSF is offering to work with the National Park Service to develop measures to educate hunters about steps they can take to prevent scavengers from ingesting lead fragments of spent traditional ammunition. The park service is proposing to ban, at a minimum, the use of lead bullets, shot and sinkers in the park system by NPS personnel.

While no scientific evidence supports restricting the use of traditional ammunition containing lead components, the firearms industry believes that establishing voluntary measures is a more reasoned step than banning traditional ammunition, a drastic policy decision unsupported by science. NPS has raised concerns that lead bullet fragments found in game meat could cause lead poisoning in humans, a charge not borne out in scientific studies, including a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

4 Responses to “Only if you’re on the wrong side of it”

  1. Wanda Says:

    http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/condor/

    Lead poisoning was killing the California condor so lead bullets are already banned in certain places.

  2. Matt Groom Says:

    Apparently, the body absorbs Lead as readily as it does salts and water. Being within 15 feet of a block of Lead can result in Lead poisoning because of the toxic fumes. The very knowledge of the existence of Lead has been known to cause birth defects in the state of Kalifornia.

    This isn’t Mercury, people. It’s not a liquid. I’ve known a half dozen Vietnam vets who’ve had pieces of Lead lodged into various parts of their bodies for around 35 years, and none of them have gotten Lead poisoning. The only way people could harbor this kind of irrational paranoia about a natural element that has been used by human kind for various purposes for thousands of years is through willful ignorance of chemistry and biology.

    If they outlaw lead, we’ll all be forced to use Steel, Bismuth, and Zinc, which is fine because they’re all so hard that they can shoot through body armor. Be careful what you wish for.

  3. Wanda Says:

    Children are also affected by lead poisoning, or would you like to disagree with the science behind that? Children and condors both weigh under 25 pounds. I can’t imagine a Vietnam vet weighing that little though you’ll probably argue that there are some.

    If they outlaw lead and everyone is forced to use steel and zinc, then I suppose a lot of people will have to practice a lot more to make sure they hit their target before their target hits them. One of the consequences of arming everyone (“polite society”) is that there are going to be a lot of armed people who you would really rather not have guns. “Be careful what you wish for” is right.

  4. Matt Groom Says:

    I totally missed your point, Wanda. Consequence of you not having a valid one. Did you eat paint chips as a kid? Does your child have Lead Poisoning from eating duck and old children’s books? Then please don’t use that “IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN” bullshit on me.

    The fact is that children are no more susceptible to Lead Poisoning by non-airborne Lead than anybody else, despite your prostrations to the contrary. Just because you say it’s science doesn’t make it scientific. Tell your friend Al Gore I said that, next time you’re blowing him.

    I’m not afraid of people with guns, because I don’t live my life in fear, like you do. “AAAAHH! GUNS! LEAD! AHHHHH!!!!” I’m not afraid of someone out drawing me either, I get plenty of practice.

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