Lead, mmmm, lead

How many headlines have we read about the dangers of lead in Chinese toys in the last several years?  How long has it been since they banned lead in gasoline and paint?  It’s bad stuff, right?  We probably don’t want people spraying pellets of it across our state, right?

Well, now, that just makes too much sense.

Today panels in both the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate voted in favor of blocking a proposed rule that would have banned the use of lead shot in the hunting of doves.  This comes despite efforts by the DNR to “Get the Lead Out!” of our state’s hunting and fishing lands.

Iowa Senate and House panels vote to throw out proposed ban on lead shot for mourning dove hunters from the Des Moines Register, Jan. 19, 2012

A subcommittee of the Iowa Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee voted 2-1 this morning to support a resolution against the rule proposed by the Iowa Natural Resource Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor. The measure now goes to the full Senate committee.

A few hours later, a subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee voted 3-2 in favor of an identical resolution. That resolution now goes before the full House committee, perhaps as early as next week.

Fortunately Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City) brought some sense to the discussion:

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, supported the proposed rule in the Senate’s hearing. He said hunters are “essentially spreading what is a poison around our landscape” and he questioned the message about conservation ethics that is being sent to young people there are alternatives to lead shot.

However, Chris Rager, the NRA’s man in Iowa, won the day with obfuscation and fear-mongering:

Christopher Rager, state liaison for the National Rifle Association, said there is no scientific evidence that lead shot poses any threat to the mourning dove population or other wildlife. He said bird populations are increasing across North America and he noted that Eagles are no longer considered an endangered species. He suggested that opponents of lead shot are primarily interested in shutting down hunting as a sport.

Um, eagles?  America!   As for the claim that this is a move to shut down hunting, Mr. Rager is either a dishonest dealer, or is clearly confused as to the role of the DNR in promoting hunting in Iowa.

I do have to tip my hat to Mr. Rager (or whatever brilliant wordsmith of the right came up with it) for the term “traditional ammunition”.  Traditional ammunition, traditional marriage, man, one would have to be some kind of heathen to oppose such sacrosanct institutions.

@ChrisLRager Chris Rager
IA: Full House and Senate Natural Resource Committees meeting next week on HJR2001 and SJR2001 — protect traditional ammo!! #NRA #iowa
5 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
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2 Comments on “Lead, mmmm, lead”

  1. mb says:

    I want my traditional paint! And my traditional pipes!

  2. mb says:

    And my traditional pencils too!


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