Flint Lead Remediation Effort Morphs Into An Attack On Hunting, Target Shooting, Fishing, And Even Churches
Michigan’s elites have clearly not absorbed the lesson of November 8th, yet.
The Michigan’s Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board issued their final report last week. Chairman Brian Calley and his team of 14
politicians experts were empanelled by Executive Order 2016-09 to demonstrate that Governor Snyder actually cared about the Flint children exposed to lead, by his previously empanelled team of professional incompetents experts. The CLPEB’s recommendations are a liberal wish list of expensive dreams mostly unrelated to the underlying cause of the Flint water fiasco: government incompetence.
But the CLPEB did put forth the effort to launch an attack on hunting, target shooting, sport fishing, and even religion. Recommended on page 22 of their final report:
Prohibit lead in fishing tackle, establish a fishing tackle trade-in program to encourage consumers and industries to transition away from lead-based tackle, and encourage further study of lead in fishing tackle.
Establish regulations to protect against lead exposures through the use of firearms by:
o Establishing an ammunition trade-in program.
o Establishing a wild game meat testing program for donated products.
o Developing a health education program and public education materials for lead exposures in hunting and wild game consumption.
Recommended on page 26 of their final report:
In post-1978 homes, dust, soil, and water testing should be conducted at the time of transfer of the property or upon the occurrence of some other reliable event, or whenever there are indications of a high-risk activity, such as stained-glass window work or ammunition reloading, being done in the home.
Here we have the elites punishing their subjects for the mistakes of the elites. Michigan government at its finest.
The CLPEB page 26 recommendation is certain to roil the real estate market. The CLPEB is clearly angling to add disclosures of ammunition possession, ammunition reloading, fishing sinker possession, and stained glass window work to The Lead Disclosure Rule of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. A statewide registry of houses with lead ‘hazards’? An opportunity to financially punish the enemies of the elites, at little cost to the State of Michigan. Make their houses worthless.
There is exactly zero evidence in the CLPEB report of child lead exposure (or poisoning) being caused by wild game meat, fishing sinkers, ammunition, ammunition reloading, or stained glass windows in churches. Note that they didn’t harp on politically correct uses of lead, such as X-ray shielding in the medical community. Hospitals, dental offices, and doctors’ offices are simply filthy with lead. Lead-acid car batteries, sailboat ballasts, and SCUBA diving weights didn’t get mentioned either. These uses of lead far outstrip stained glass windows in homes and churches. So you know this was a PC attack on the pastimes and practices of the great unwashed.
The dirty little secret here is that metallic lead is actually not much of a health hazard. Water soluble lead compounds, specifically carbonates, are the health hazard. Generally speaking, you cannot be poisoned by a specie which is not soluble in water or hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). Metallic lead isn’t.
Children get lead poisoned by
idiots government employees experimenting with municipal water supplies. Children get lead poisoned by eating lead paint chips when their mothers trade SNAP benefits for drug money. Children get lead poisoned when they play in dirt contaminated by automobile exhaust in wasteland neighborhoods without landscaping. Children do not get lead poisoned by wild game meat, fishing sinkers, ammunition, ammunition reloading, or stained glass windows in churches.
Ammunition can cause lead poisoning – the slow kind, as opposed to the more prevalent traumatic kind – when firearms are shot in poorly ventilated, enclosed spaces. Not when hunting or target shooting outdoors. Not when reloading. The actual lead vector when shooting is the combustion product of lead styphnate in the cartridge priming composition, not the projectiles. But the elites on the CLPEB board are clearly targeting lead-containing bullets. They want to outlaw most ammunition, not diminish lead poisoning.
Michigan [MCL 750-224c] and Federal law [18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(17)(B)] actually prohibit the use of the most economic, technically suitable, alternative to lead in most firearms projectiles: steel. Why we went through the M855 ‘green tip’ rifle ammunition fight a year ago. That ban affects a lot of hugely popular hunting rifle cartridges, such as .223 Remington and .308 Winchester. The M855 fight is fresh enough in everyone’s memory so you know that the CLPEB ammunition recommendation is no mere bungle. The great unwashed are indeed being deliberately punished by Michigan’s elites.
Michigan’s Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board was mostly an attempt at political cover by the Snyder Administration. Executed in Governor Snyder’s usual grand style: a media whitewashed bungle. Note that Flint water lead levels still exceed EPA action level in the latest round of testing, but by how much? There is a lot of media gate keeping going on in Michigan. Sadly, Wikileaks didn’t cover the Michigan media. Hopefully, this devious attack on hunting, target shooting, fishing, and churches by the CLPEB is going to fail.
When will they learn? 2018 cannot come soon enough.