Tuesday, October 29, 2013


(Welcome, Balloon Juice comment thread readers. I think the post you're looking for is this one.)

This is getting attention in the wingnuttosphere:
Back Door Gun Control Moves Forward

There are numerous alarming reasons why the US government and the military have been buying up all the ammo. Here’s one of them. Obama and the EPA just shut down the last lead smelting plant in the US. They raised the EPA regulations by 10 fold and it would have cost the plant $100 million to comply. You can own all the guns you want, but if you can't get ammo, you are out of luck.

Remember when Obama promised his minions that he was working on gun control behind the scenes? Welcome to it. Now, all domestic mined lead ore will have to be shipped overseas, refined and then shipped back to the US. Not only will ammo now be even harder to come by, the demand and the process of supply will cause the price to skyrocket even more. And ponder this... there is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from a government entity instituting de facto ammo registration. So much for the Second Amendment....
The fear of this imminent evil government takeover of your right to keep and bears arms has also been expressed in cartoon form. Take it away, Chris Muir:

So how exactly did this happen? A post at gunssavelives.net, under the title "Last U.S. Lead Smelter to Close in December Due to EPA -- Might Affect Ammo Production," directs us to this NRA press release:
In December, the final primary lead smelter in the United States will close. The lead smelter, located in Herculaneum, Missouri, and owned and operated by the Doe Run Company, has existed in the same location since 1892.

The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri's extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its "primary" designation. The lead bullion produced in Herculaneum is then sold to lead product producers, including ammunition manufactures for use in conventional ammunition components such as projectiles, projectile cores, and primers. Several "secondary" smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components, still operate in the United States.

Doe Run made significant efforts to reduce lead emissions from the smelter, but in 2008 the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for lead that were 10 times tighter than the previous standard. Given the new lead air quality standard, Doe Run made the decision to close the Herculaneum smelter....
Emphasis added.

All together now, boys and girls: Who was president all through 2008, and until January 20, 2009? Hint: not Barack Obama.

So, clearly, Obama used his sinister ability to warp the time-space continuum in order to make this happen two and a half months before his inauguration. Sneaky bastard!

California, of course, has passed a law phasing out the sale of lead hunting ammo in the state by 2015. The website of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife lists 32 manufacturers of lead-free ammo, none of them doing business at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But don't be fooled by this Potemkin "free market," with its phony companies named "Remington" and "Winchester"! OBAMA'S COMING FOR YOUR GUNS, AND YOU WILL BE FORCED TO KNEEL!


sdhays said...

"Remember when Obama promised his minions that he was working on gun control behind the scenes?"

I have to admit, my first reaction to this was, "Hey, how come I'm not enough of a minion to have heard this promise?". It hurt my feelings.

Ah, the Obama moves in mysterious ways...

Examinator said...

There are only two thing one can rely on in politics today stupidity and even more stupidity.

I have this theory that the stupidity of the gun (sic) nuts has more to do with heavy metal poisoning and the effects on the brain and genetics.
Ask your self what have generations of Tea Partier done .... stuck their heads under the bonnets of lead gas inducing cars/gathering in groups to smell the octane (lead being one of the pollutants) and playing with and consuming lead polluted game. After all the link between lead petrol and decreased intellect/medical issues is well establish.
One has to admire Obama in his 30 year conspiracy to eliminate fire arms by falsifying the lead/reduced intellectual/health link.
Watch out fishermen your next! collateral damage in his nefarious 30year plot of revenge for the shut down!

PS you didn't Obama was that the role model for time travelling "Doctor Who" (the world's longest running SF TV...50 year)
Well it makes more sense than the NRA conspiracy. ;-)

Examinator said...

Bad Tux
So the hunters will have to actually get closer to their prey that may take more skill....Bugger!
I'd rather eat my game polluted by iron than lead from previous lead based woundings or a duck with lead shot still in it.
Then again I treasure what little IQ and health I still have

Can I be excused from kneeling ... Arthritis ?

Glennis said...

Well, look on the bright side! The "patriots" among us will being to deal in black-market lead, setting up home-manufacturing shops where lead is crafted into bullets, sold and passed around among like-minded folks. To conceal the operation, they will hide any waste and residue around their domiciles so they ingest and breathe the particles. Give it 30 or so years...

Bill Murray said...

I wish I'd heard of this earlier. I work at the largest lead acid battery company in the US and we just opened a smelter in South F'in Carolina last September. Talk about a waste of money. Oh, and how are we supposed to make batteries to start your cars? OOOHHHH damn environmentalists.

Seriously, who believes this crap.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Wrong! Libtads!!!! The Tea Party Patriots will just melt down the Statue of Obama One on Bowling Green and turn it into musket balls for their 2nd Amendment protected Blunderbusses and brace of flint-lock pistols!


Victor said...

"Missouri's extensive lead deposits..."

Ok, that explains MO.

What's Kansas's excuse?
They're West of MO, so it's not like they can blame the wind.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Muir's comic has changed a lot from the last time I let it stink up my eyeballs, and yet so much is still the same: Ridiculously-dressed women providing a passive platform for a pensive, metrosexual 'bagger with preposterous facial hair to air his never-ending, never-fulfilled worry that one day--one day SOON!!--Obama will totes death-panel the HELL out of America, and then we will all be sorry we didn't listen.

Seriously, panel two is just so bizarre. Muir probably wants to convey that the girls are worried for America--just like Diversity Lane!--but to me they seem creeped out that Daddy dresses and cuts their hair to match Mommy's, and depressed that Daddy spends every waking moment fretting that Big Government is coming to shoot them, and won't let them come out of the cellar.

The New York Crank said...

Fellow Teabaggers, fear not! I have a solution.

Let's rip out the centuries-old lead sewer pipes, melt those down into bullets, and go back to the outhouse for our basic, uh, needs.

As long as there are outhouses, no gun-grabbing, deficit-loving, environment-hugging, do-effing-gooding, tax-and-spend libtard can stop us! And they can keep their hands off my Meicare, too.

Very crankily yours,
The New York Crank

Roger said...

BWD: The tykes in the cartoon are scared by Mommy's tits.

As was Muir, apparently.