Lead Ban Chronicles – NSSF Fires Back At CA Lead Ban

April 13, 2015

Lead Ban ChroncilesOnce again, I found myself (albeit briefly) on the horns of a damned old dilemma.  To share this video here or not, that is the question.

The answer is, of course, obvious.  There it is, right down below these words.  I shared it, the same way I’ve shared some video and articles from the other side of the discussion (if you could call it a discussion).  I shared it because it is part of the whole, and if I’ve asked for your opinions on the other posts, it’s only fair to ask for your opinions on this one too.

But let’s be clear.  Sharing this video here does not necessarily mean I am in lockstep with the NSSF or the NRA when it comes to this topic.  Some of you who’ve been around a while know that already, but if you haven’t followed the Hog Blog, I’m telling you now.

I believe that, in the long run, we need to be skeptical of any special interest group’s involvement in such a politically charged issue.  In the same way so many of us want to challenge “sketchy” statistics, or thinly constructed arguments from our opponents, we really need to hold our “allies” equally to account.

So, now that I’ve totally primed you with preconceptions, have an objective look at the video, and let me know what you think.


3 Responses to “Lead Ban Chronicles – NSSF Fires Back At CA Lead Ban”

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  2. Jim Tantillo on April 13th, 2015 07:55

    The video is unfortunate–there is no reason to think hunter numbers will decline 36% (or whatever), it didn’t happen with the introduction of steel shot for waterfowling. Hunters adapted.

    The declining revenue for conservation argument is also weak. If non-toxic shot is going to be as expensive as many expect it to be, then revenues should stay the same or, if hunter numbers stay roughly the same, revenue should go up.

    So misleading at best; disingenuous at worst.

  3. Phillip on April 15th, 2015 06:40

    Thanks, Jim, and I expect you know how much in agreement we are here.

    In particular, we’re in agreement over the fact that this is an unfortunate video. There’s some good information in here, but the value is offset by the propaganda… the fear tactics that have made a lot of gun owners and hunters come to see the NRA and NSSF as “fringe” organizations.

    To fight a bad law, we need to be united and credible. Otherwise, in the eyes of the public, we’re no better than the opposition.