March 16, 2012

THIS SOUNDS LIKE STEALTH GUN-CONTROL TO ME: Citing risks to birds and to human health, roughly 100 environmental groups formally asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency this week to ban or at least impose limits on lead in the manufacturing of bullets and shotgun pellets for hunting or recreation.

Part of Obama’s “under the radar” approach, perhaps? If so, expect a swift and credulous response from Obama’s EPA.

UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes:

The proposed ban on lead in ammunition is a broader war on the hunting culture. There is plenty of non-toxic shotgun ammunition for water fowl already in existence whose use could be expanded – but it’s more expensive. Rifle and pistol ammunition is different of course but it’s hard to see how that, in the course of hunting, becomes a problem for the environment. If it is ranges they claim to be the issue, then the claim, and remedy most especially, are laughable.

There are studies involved no doubt and they should be examined carefully.

I’m not so sure the EPA will be anxious to take this up this year, unless the administration believes that given all the other fodder Republicans have for commercials this would simply be lost in the flurry of ads and issues aired.

Or they think he’s a one-termer.