More Lead Issues

This time in the Hartford Courant.  Let me ask you folks this: Do you think Barack Obama’s EPA is going to work cooperatively with shooting ranges to help ranges minimize their environmental impact?  Or do you think Obama’s EPA will use lead contamination as an excuse to shut ranges down?  Think about that come November.

8 thoughts on “More Lead Issues”

  1. This whole “environmental impact” of shooting ranges and hunting makes me laugh, and I believe that I’m not the only one who sees it for the joke that it is. The late George Carlin had some words which I think perfectly dovetails with how I see it – here’s the quote:

    The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles…hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages…And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet…the planet…the planet isn’t going anywhere. WE ARE!

    In his quote above, George Carlin could have easily also said something like, “And we think some copper-jacketed bullets, and some lead shotgun pellets or slugs are going to make a difference?”

    As with all of those other tree-hugger extremists, Obama is quite out of touch with reality when it comes to environmental issues and science in general. He’s the one who told us not long ago that we could all reduce out demand for foreign oil just by keeping our tires properly inflated and getting tune-ups, remember?

  2. Wasn’t there a big study done a few years back in Yellow Stone Nal. Park, that showed that the lead was not moving into the water table it was staying put?

    The irony is the worst thing you can do is shut down the range and build something on top of it.

    Somewhere on the north side of Cincy they build a school on top of a trap range. They had major problems with contamination.

  3. There’s been a number of studies on lead contamination at shooting ranges. There’s been no conclusive proof that lead from shooting ranges contaminates ground water. There is some evidence that soils in the berm, and near the berm, have levels of lead that are elevated, but much depends on the soil used for the berm. There are ways to treat berm soil to prevent lead mobility. It’s a manageable problem.

  4. We need mild steel bullets… like those mild steel shotgun pellets that are required for duck hunting…

  5. If George Carlin had been a shooter or hunter in life, I think he would’ve said pretty much the same thing about lead bullets planted in the dirt downrange as he said about plastic bags and aluminum cans making a difference on this planet.

  6. Even untreated, lead is NOT very mobile in soil (don’t believe me? Google it. The diffusion rates are extremely low) so it is NOT a problem for ground water. Lead is NOT water soluble so it isn’t a problem in run-off (being insoluble is why it was used in plumbing for so long – only after chemicals were added did the lead corrode and flake off mechanically and become a problem). None of these FACTS however, will stop the libtards from using this as a way to attack our rights. Count on it. They know these facts. They don’t care. It isn’t about the environment. It’s about death by a thousand cuts, and bleeding dry via lawsuits. You can also expect attempts at laws keeping children away from ranges because of the ‘lead threat’. It isn’t about the children’s health. It’s about doing everything possible to keep the shooting sports from being passed to the next generation. They anti’s know full-well that the facts are against them, this will not stop them. As now, they will rely on emotional appeals, half-truths, and outright deception.

  7. (raising my hand in the back row):

    Excuse me… but where does lead and copper and iron come from? Ore? you mean ROCKS? Like you find in the ground?

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