should be either put on a very damned short leash or done away with.
Will Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson make a back door move to ban lead bullets the day before the November 2 elections?
Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here's the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition. A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.
Although the EPA could have dismissed the request due to a lack of jurisdiction, it is obliging CBD.
Let's note also what Sebastian pointed out the other day: Remember this is a no-win situation for us, because bullets made of materials other than lead are often considered armor piercing by law. Which I wonder if might be part of what they're going for: ban conventional bullets, and then ban bullets- or start using existing law to ban- made of anything they can possible describe as 'armor piercing'.
Note the day she makes her decision, the day before the November 2 elections; makes you wonder if this is fanaticism, incompetence or an actual wish to do severe damage to the Democrat Party.