Thursday, August 26, 2010

Who'd'a thunk it?

The National Shooting Sports Foundation* says that the Environmental Protection Agency is considering banning ammunition with  lead in it.

EPA Considering Ban on Traditional Ammunition — Take Action Now 

August 25, 2010 By Larry Keane

All Gun Owners, Hunters and Shooters:
With the fall hunting season fast approaching, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Lisa Jackson, who was responsible for banning bear hunting in New Jersey, is now considering a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) – a leading anti-hunting organization – to ban all traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, a law in which Congress expressly exempted ammunition.  If the EPA approves the petition, the result will be a total ban on all ammunition containing lead-core components, including hunting and target-shooting rounds. The EPA must decide to accept or reject this petition by November 1, 2010, the day before the midterm elections.
Today, the EPA has opened to public comment the CBD petition. The comment period ends on October 31, 2010.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry — urges you to submit comment to the EPA opposing any ban on traditional ammunition.  Remember, your right to choose the ammunition you hunt and shoot with is at stake.
The EPA has published the petition and relevant supplemental information as Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0681. If you would like to read the original petition and see the contents of this docket folder, please click here. In order to go directly to the ‘submit a comment’ page for this docket number, please click here.
NSSF urges you to stress the following in your opposition:
  • There is no scientific evidence that the use of traditional ammunition is having an adverse impact on wildlife populations.
  • Wildlife management is the proper jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the 50 state wildlife agencies.
  • A 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on blood lead levels of North Dakota hunters confirmed that consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition does not pose a human health risk.
  • A ban on traditional ammunition would have a negative impact on wildlife conservation. The federal excise tax that manufacturers pay on the sale of the ammunition (11 percent) is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding. The bald eagle’s recovery, considered to be a great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by hunters using traditional ammunition – the very ammunition organizations like the CBD are now demonizing.
  • Recent statistics from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in the United States increased 724 percent. And much like the bald eagle, raptor populations throughout the United States are soaring.
Steps to take:
1. Submit comment online to the EPA.
2. Contact Lisa Jackson directly to voice your opposition to the ban:
Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-4700
Fax: (202) 501-1450
3. Contact your congressman and senators and urge them to stop the EPA from banning ammunition.
As always when corresponding with anyone you are trying to persuade, it is best not to offer to return your already owned ammunition one round at a time.  References to rope, or tar and feathers, should also be avoided.  It would also be a good idea to try and re-word those bullet (heh!) points above, and use them in a different order.

Also, try and resist taunting your friends who called you a crazy wookie-suiter for worrying that the Obama mis-Administration would attempt backdoor, regulatory gun bans by, for example, outlawing banning ammunition. 

It would be far more effective to show them this, and leave unstated the whole "I told you so!  I told you so!  Neener, neener, neener!" part.

*The Federal Trade Commission can kiss my ass, but the NSSF buys the pizza on Saturday night at Gun Blogger Rendezvous.  That darned Rachel Parsons from the NRA just laughs when we ask about our wheelbarrows full of cash.  Although I do understand she's picking up the tab for breakfast this year. 

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