October 23, 2021

Last U.S. Lead Smelter to Close, Ammunition Manufacturing to Feel Effects

Charlotte, NC –(Ammoland.com)- 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.<<<Read the Rest>>>

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Governor Brown Signs California Lead Ban

Late this afternoon, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a statewide ban on traditional lead ammunition for hunting—Assembly Bill 711, sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). The deadline for gubernatorial action was Sunday, October 13th

California is the first state in the nation to take such unnecessary action.

Click here to read Governor Browns signing statement.

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Green Bullets Because of Fear Person Shot Will Die From Lead Poisoning

What nonsense! According to an article found at World Net Daily, some think that the Obama administration is attempting a back door assault on Second Amendment rights by mandating that lead ammunition be banned because of the environmental damage it supposedly causes.

As with most of these issues, one is left wondering who to believe. For instance, according to the article, lead from bullets must be so abundantly shot and scattered over the landscape it’s a wonder any of us are still alive.

Even the U.S. Geological Survey has had something to say about lead-based ammunition. It estimates that nationwide there are 400,000 pieces of lead shot per acre in areas where game is hunted, which can potentially be eaten or washed into waterways.

400,000 pieces of lead shot per acre? That’s absurd……isn’t it? Maybe the U.S. Geological Survey should define “pieces” as it pertains to lead shot. And what are their “estimates” based on?

But above all, lead bullets should be banned because after all, we can’t have someone being shot in a gang shoot out in Chicago die from lead poisoning.

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Why Does Big Sis Need 1.8 Billion Rounds of Ammo?

Last evening my wife and I were having a discussion. I brought up the subject that the Department of Homeland Security, ala, Janet Napolitano, aka, “Big Sis”, had placed another order for ammunition of an additional 21.6 million rounds, therefore bringing the total, by some estimates, to 1.8 billion rounds (B – illions)

“Holy cow!” my wife replied. (No really. Holy cow. She doesn’t cuss.) “That’s a lot of ammunition…….isn’t it?”

So I began thinking and then told her it sure seemed like a lot but I really needed something to compare that to. In the photo below, a caption I found with this picture suggested this might be 15,000 rounds of ammunition. Geez! That’s a lot!…………isn’t it?

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I had a friend and reader send me an email with a link to a story written by Andrew Malcolm at Investors.com. He writes:

According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.

To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

As they would say in Maine, “Damn, Mistah!” That would be a lot of bullets.

Now that we can say that at least one person has provided us with a better perspective on how much 1.8 billion rounds of bullets are, do you suppose someone up there in Washington can inform the people what the hell they need them for? And while they’re at it how much that cost us taxpayers? It would end a whole lot of speculating and……..oh, wait! Speculating is good. It gets people riled up. I mean if they get scared and mad enough, no telling what they might do. They might even take to the streets, burning and looting and stuff.

I bet then we would find out what all them bullets are about.

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