Not content to ban scary guns, the Trudeau Liberals are now considering banning lead ammunition! Both lead shot and lead-core ammunition.
That’s right. Banning lead ammo. It’s for the children, of course.
Get ready to ditch your shotshells and your hunting ammunition.
Will Environment Canada ban all lead ammunition?
Health Canada has decided that lead is a dangerous neurotoxin. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. This means that consuming game shot with lead bullets is too dangerous to accept. Health Canada fears that some children could eat game meat tainted with lead.
Rumours are rampant that Environment Canada will recommend banning the use of lead shot everywhere – including trap ranges – as well as lead-core ammunition.
Before recommending such a ban, Environment Canada is surveying gun clubs to determine the size of the lead burden. This survey is a preliminary step. The Trudeau Liberals haven’t yet decided they will ban lead ammunition, so there is still time to protest.
The fly in the ointment is that the scientific backing for banning lead ammunition is missing.
Where’s the scientific support?
Respected scientists in Norway, Australia, and the UK, are skeptical that low levels of exposure must be considered dangerous, pointing out that the research remains unclear whether blood lead levels under 10 micrograms per deciliter have any meaningful health effects.
The skeptics rephrase this assessment much less melodramatically: available studies do not provide sufficient evidence to draw confident conclusions about the human health effects of low levels of exposure to lead or low blood lead levels.
Same factual content; just different emphasis.
Which would you prefer? Individual prudence or heavy-handed government bans?
Instead of banning lead ammunition, it would show more respect for individual rights (and might even be better for the health of anyone who consumes much game meat) to recommend improved training in meat handling.
It is telling that none of the assessments of the potential health risks associated with lead exposure from game meat included an evaluation of the benefits and nutritional value of eating game meat.
Remember, licencing and long-gun registration were originally dreamed up by federal government bureaucrats before Alan Rock got Bill C-68 passed in 1995 which now is the current gun legislation.
Don’t be surprised if the Trudeau Liberals listen to the bureaucrats who want to ban lead ammunition.
By claiming to follow the bureaucrats, the politicians will claim they are just following “science,” and we will be forced to comply. In reality, this is just another government power grab based on pseudo-science.
Despite the inconclusiveness of the case against lead ammunition, it remains prudent to reduce risks by adhering to proper butchering and meat-handling techniques. Shooters should know the risks involved in casting bullets or hand-loading ammunition and take appropriate precautions.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Don’t let government frighten you into accepting a ban on lead ammunition “for your own good.”