Lead Ban Chronicles – A View From Across The Water

June 4, 2014

Lead Ban ChroncilesThere’s little real news on the lead ammo ban front, at least since the last time I posted.  Rhode Island is still looking down the barrel of a lead ban.  That hasn’t cooled much since I mentioned it a few weeks ago.

But I still get lots of email, news feeds, and even Facebook contacts regarding the lead ammo ban.  Fairly recently, an English gun maker, Ian Summerell, sent me a friend request.  Now, since I’ve pretty much combined my personal Facebook with my HogBlog contacts, I’m often a little picky about adding strangers.  But after a visit to his website, I felt like I ought to at least make the contact and see what he’s got going on.

From the website, I jumped over to see some videos he’s posted on a YouTube channel.  I’ve been reading, occasionally, about the ongoing conflict over lead in the UK and Europe, but this video was… well, interesting.  If nothing else, the parallels between the arguments in the UK and the arguments in the US are pretty clearly drawn.  Take a look at one of the videos Summerell shared, and see what you think.  He has more on his channel, and some good discussion on his website as well.


5 Responses to “Lead Ban Chronicles – A View From Across The Water”

  1. Lead Ban Chronicles – A View From Across The Water | on June 4th, 2014 11:14

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  2. JAC on June 4th, 2014 19:57

    Hello Phillip: They guy on the left is you, the guy on the right is me. I won’t delve into that since we’ve hashed and rehashed, then hashed this out again a few times before. Thought I am constrained to point out that, in this instance, the guy on the right is right.

  3. Phillip on June 4th, 2014 20:08

    Of course you’re right, John.

    Then again, I’m not entirely on board with the arguments from the fella on the left. I will hold off on my extended criticisms, though, because I honestly don’t know a lot about UK hunters or the firearms they tend to use.

    The primary point of the post is the parallel between this argument, captured on video, and the recurrent debates on the same topic in the US. Neither is willing to actually dive into the intricacies of the issue.

  4. JAC on June 4th, 2014 22:32

    Ok, first of all, someone write down today’s date.

    Second, I got what you were doing, P. Rote recitation of the same arguments over and over again in place of argument is ghastly. It’s like American politics. Stuff makes me crazy. At least I think it makes me crazy. Can’t be sure because I’m not a scientist.

  5. Phillip on June 5th, 2014 07:21

    Not just politics, but mass media in general. This is what passes for an informed populace… folks get three minutes and 20 seconds of video snippet, half of which is taken up by inane blather on the part of a narrator/host, and then they consider themselves informed. People see a five word aphorism on Facebook and form an entire opinion on a complex issue. Etc. Etc.

    And lest anyone think this is a uniquely American thing (as too many do), just look around. The video above is simply representative of the whole…

    Thankfully, there are a few folks still around willing to dive in and take the deeper look… examine the issues and dissect their prejudices. Those are the people with whom I prefer to spend my time and energies.