Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Getting The Lead Out?

The Iowa Natural Resources Commission gave final approval to the establishment of a dove season to begin on September 1. However, the Commission felt it necessary to add an amendment that will now ban the use of traditional ammunition when dove hunting.

The Commission has taken a page straight out of the anti-hunting extremist groups’ playbook to deter hunting through traditional ammunition bans. Anti-conservation fanatics failed at the federal level after the EPA rejected their lead-ban petition and have now placed their focus on Iowa knowing that doves are the most popular and abundant game bird hunted in America. This traditional ammunition ban is designed to price hunters out of the market and keep them from taking part in traversing Iowa’s fields and forests after the historic dove hunting legislation passed this year.

The Commission does not cite any scientific studies showing negative effects of traditional ammunition and has simply jumped in the political bed with anti-hunting extremists. Just look at what Iowa’s DNR Director, Roger Lande, had to say about the ban in the Commission’s press release: “There will be a number of hunters who will be opposed to this decision, but at the end of the day, this action by the commission will help protect Iowa’s environment and wildlife from the adverse affects of lead.” Dove populations are doing better than ever all while the vast majority of states allow traditional ammunition for dove hunting.

Iowa is Fudd Central personified. While giving lip service to 2nd Amendment issues, the average Iowan will gladly submit to bend-over-and cough should their masters snap on a rubber glove. My 5 years of living there sickened me with regards to gun rights as perceived by slave-state Iowans and that's that. I moved  in part due to the impossibility of convincing the citizenry to learn where their hind legs were. 

Does this surprise me? Hell no. Iowa's "Commissioners" would ban the Constitution if they thought they'd get away with it.

Thanks to The War on Guns for the link.

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