According to the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) Hunters leave 3,000 tons of lead bullets in the woods each year and shooting ranges generate another 80,000 tons of spent ammo.
The result? As many as 20 million eagles, condors, swans and other birds die each year due to lead poisoning after consuming what's left behind.
On October 11, 2013 California became the first state to ban lead in ammunition. Why? Because, as Governor Jerry Brown affirmed, "Lead poses a danger to wildlife. This danger has been known for a long time."
According to a National Geographic article entitled "Banning Lead Ammunition Could Give Condors a Chance," "Studies have shown that lead is extremely toxic to birds and mammals, including humans. It's harmful to almost every organ in the human body and is particularly toxic to the nervous system and the brain.
"'Lead's a really bad actor, and we keep finding out that it's worse than we thought,' said David Bellinger, an environmental health researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health in Massachusetts. 'There's no safe level.'"
Yet hunters leave spent bullets containing lead so that wildlife consumes them and then, after they die, the lead leaches into our ground water.
The fact is that lead ammunition poisons us and all wildlife, and the effect is cumulative. For the NRA to continue fighting to use lead bullets is destructive and irresponsible. I am, personally, sickened by NRA's continued obstruction and deception on this issue. I feel the NRA, as an institution, has become sociopathic and it is up to the rest of us to reign it in.
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