Obama EPA wants to ban lead bullets as “pollutant”; UPDATE EPA Backs Down!

John McCormack of the Weekly Standard documents the very latest, outrageously audacious, back-door power grab attempt by the Obama Presidency Dictatorship:

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. The EPA has asked for public comment on banning lead in ammunition, and an EPA notice was published seeking public comment that closes on October 31. Jackson would then make a decision to accept or reject the petition on November 1. You might say that even considering enacting what is effectively a new tax on hunters and gun owners–seemingly the only non-liberal group the Obama administration hasn’t yet intentionally provoked–is less-than-perfect timing for the already beleagured Democrats as the midterm elections approach.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association for the firearm and ammunition industry, has hit back against the petition sending Jackson a letter documenting why EPA has no jurisdiction and outlining the damage that banning lead ammunition would do to U.S. industry and jobs, conservation, and law enforcement. The NSSF estimates that more than 90 percent of hunters and sport shooters use traditional lead ammunition. If all hunters were forced to buy non-lead bullets that are made out of metals like tungsten, bismuth, and copper alloys, demand could easily begin to outstrip the supply and prices would go even higher.

The EPA?? Bullets–even lead ones–as Pollution???”  Are you kidding me?  Guess I better get to the range and fire off all my lead practice rounds while I still can.  There is more “pollution” coming out of Barack’s mouth every day than there is coming from lead bullets.  Again, this is a man who is willing to go to any lengths to circumvent the legislative process and impose his will on a public. 

Q: is Obama trying to guarantee a Republican House majority so large that it could override any of his vetoes?  Because if he keeps up this underhanded extra-constitutional abuse of power, we might actually see a miracle in November. 

Q2:  If bullets are “pollution”, is trying to make the United States a dictatorship a “high crime or misdemeanor”?  Would lying on a daily basis to the electorate a qualify?? 

November could not come too soon for me.

(Hey, it’s Friday: a man can dream can’t he?)

UPDATE: “We really didn’t mean it….”   Yeah right…  

This turn of events is quite strange.

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