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California Dems Try to Ban Lead Poisoning by Lead Bullets

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 28, 2013 @ 5:36 pm In The Point | 22 Comments

Did you know that eating lead bullets isn’t safe? California Democrats know it too and that’s why they’re fighting to protect you from lead poisoning. It just shows how much politicians care about the little lead-eating people.

Any gun control effects resulting from this measure are completely unintended and accidental.

Now health-care advocates are taking a different tack, arguing that lead bullet fragments in game such as venison are neurotoxins that can harm children and developing fetuses.

“There is no safe level of lead for human consumption,” said state Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, whose closely watched lead bullet ban bill was passed this month by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

Rendon, a Democrat, knows this first hand because qualifying to run on the Democratic line in California requires consuming your own weight in lead paint chips and medical marijuana. That’s what made Governor Brown and Nancy Pelosi the wise and insightful leaders they are today.

The National Rifle Association and other gun advocates strongly oppose banning lead bullets throughout California, saying it is a slippery slope that would lead to gun controls and end hunting in the Golden State.

They argue that hunters who abandon lead and turn to harder bullets such as copper or tungsten could technically be in violation of federal regulations barring armor piercing ammunition.

“We have regulatory uncertainty,” said Ryan Bronson of the National Shooting Sports Foundation in Minnesota, who opposes the bill and notes that 95 percent of bullets use lead slugs. “The potential exists for a de facto ammunition ban.”

No need to worry about that. It’s not like the Democrats have been pushing gun control ever since they fell in love with criminals. And they wouldn’t pull a Catch 22 gimmick like that because they just have too much integrity?

By a complete coincidence, Anthony Rendon has gotten 150 thousand dollars in contributions from the gun control lobby.

Those in favor of a ban say meat that contains lead fragments simply is not safe. “This isn’t just about the health of the wildlife population,” said Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills, who voted for the measure. “It’s about the health of the human population and the health of the environment.”

Is anyone being forced to eat meat that was hunted? Is Burger King outsourcing its meat production to hunters? Is Taco Bell coming out with a new line of venison tacos?

Lead is by far the leading cause of death for the remaining 234 California condors in the wild, which live in California, Baja California, Arizona and Utah. U.S. Fish and Wildlife records show the mature male that died in November was found inland from Big Sur on a ranch near Pinnacles National Park in southern San Benito County. Eight others are in wildlife hospitals, three with confirmed lead poisoning, federal officials say.

Is this an issue that concerns anyone except opponents of the 2nd Amendment concern trolling their way from another angle? But I can’t wait for Obama’s angry tearful press conference with the condor’s husband insisting that she deserves a vote and a rash of media stories on how condors are now flying around wearing bulletproof backpacks.


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