Will Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson make a back door move to ban lead bullets the day before the November 2 elections? Several environmentalist groups ... are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) ...They can't help it. They really can't. Modern Democrats are the Ouroboros Party, the snake that consumes itself, and this is just another tail-chomping example. But Weekly Standard misses the issue - or at least how the issue will be presented. This is not going to be fought as some kind of a back door tax on gun owners, "effectively" or otherwise.
You might say that even considering enacting what is effectively a new tax on hunters and gun owners--seemingly the only non-liberal group the Obama administration hasn't yet intentionally provoked--is less-than-perfect timing for the already beleaguered Democrats as the midterm elections approach.
Fairly or not, this issue will be the Obama Administration banning ammunition. It's going to be presented as the Democrats taking away Americans' ability to hunt and fish. And it's going to be effective. For people who claim to be modern, liberals consistently misunderestimate the power of the internet. And for people who claim to understand coded talk and "sending the wrong message," they have sure sent the wrong message here. The Obama administration, even if it backs off now* has sent the message that if it can't take Americans' guns, it will take their ammunition.
That may not be the message that they tried to send, which was surely more nuanced**. But that is the message they sent. Considering that Kansas already has a pro-gun constitutional amendment on the ballot November 2nd, if the EPA does ban lead bullets the day before, I wonder if there will be a single Democrat outside KCK elected to anything in this state.
UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long. The comment period opened Friday, and that same day, "EPA today denied a petition submitted by several outside groups for the agency to implement a ban on the production and distribution of lead hunting ammunition..."
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.
* It will, and will therefore outrage *both* sides, not just one.
** Ask President Kerry how well voters do nuance.