Poll results: Online voters give thumbs-down to banning lead ammunition – The Oregonian

A poll posted Wednesday, in the context of a story about lead poisoning in California condors and asking whether Oregon should ban use of lead ammunition certainly got folks’ attention, as any gun- or ammo-related story does. The poll got mentions far and wide across the Internet.

For instance, a forum on ar15.com offered this post: One of the leading liberal rags in Oregon wants to emulate California (surprise, surprise) and ban lead bullets. Please help to destroy this poll.

Someone on Backwoods Home Magazine linked to it, and commenters there included one calling himself or herself Nickathome, who wrote: “Just another back door attempt to ban guns and ammunition. They can’t outright ban guns, so they try using underhanded methods like using environmental issues as the excuse to get rid of ammunition. They quote unproven studies in the hopes the uninformed will simply vote their way. Sadly its working in alot of areas.”

On calguns.net, Ronin2, whose signature indicates he or she is a life member of the National Rifle Association, wrote: “The natural selection process has passed judgment of the damn California condors. They will not be missed in the food chain as other vultures and scavengers of carrion are more than able to take up the slack.”

On 24hourcampfire.com, where commenters seemed to keep constant track of how the poll was trending, someone named Stormin_Norman wrote: “It would make more sense to me, to just ban stupidity.”

And check out thetreeofliberty.com, where the headline at the top of the page urges: Oregonian Lead Ammo Poll Vote Now!

On the other side of the opinion fence, on the Lead Is Poison Coalition page, commenter Speedy Bear writes, “It is the right thing to do. manufacturers are already making the nonlead bullets . people have to change their habits. non lead bullets will be a good thing , just like the catalytic converter.”

Let’s close this poll now and all try to get along this weekend, huh?

Keep in mind, results are not scientific, simply an indicator of the nearly 4,000 who chose to participate – or perhaps fewer than that, since it was possible to vote more than once. Votes came in from 21 countries.

The poll question: Should Oregon ban the use of lead ammunition?

Yes votes: 1,055 votes, a bit over 28 percent

No votes: 2,678 or almost 72 percent

— Katy Muldoon

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