arma virumque cano (et alia)
Does anyone know how many shotgun shells are fired each year in the US?It's at least three, I know.
Again, let me remind you, the largest polluter on the face of the Earth is the US military.orlin sellers
Lead in its solid state, as it would leave the barrel of a firearm (modern handgun and rifle rounds -in particular those primarily used by Armed Forces globally- are also jacketed by copper further reducing risk of exposure to toxic quantities of lead) is a relatively innocuous substance, only presenting significant health risk if somehow ingested. Great health risk to the public is presented by the continued use of leaded fuels (particularly in aviation) which use the extremely neurotoxic tetraethillead as an octane booster, as well as clinically significant atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial lead pollution produced by the electronics manufacturing industry (and in the mining of the raw materials necessary for the components of electronic equipment and devices). Vaporised lead, and lead particulate matter present a far greater threat to public health (especially in light that exposure to even minute amounts of airborne lead pollution has been found as a primary cause of to severe neurological damage, including cognitive disability or mental retardation). Lead pollution by firearms users is unlikely to present a significant risk to public health or cause an observable environmental impact. In my (professional) experience however, the discharge of firearms indoors presents a serious health hazard to building occupants (due to a higher concentration of lead and other pollutants) after the (unlawful) discharge of a firearm, principally in the commission of a crime. Thousands of retail establishments across America may contain dangerous levels of airborne lead pollution as a result of the "silent bloodbath" of armed violence that occurs on a daily basis in retail establishments across America.
"lead) is a relatively innocuous substance"That might be comforting if the number of shots fired each year were not in the tens of billions.
You must have interesting arguments with your liberal friends when you rail against hybrid cars for all the extra lead acid batteries they use.
It came from the ground, so it will be ok to go back there.
That might make sense if we put it back in the earth in the same form it came out of the earth. Of course we don't and the form we put it back in to the environment is chemically changed and much more dangerous.
Right, and it's changed and being put back into the environment by the tens of billions each year. Only an idiot would question whether that will have a negative impact.