The one percent sportsmen's package
And then there's the NRA giveaway bill, misleadingly titled the "Sportsmen's Act." I blogged on Monday about some of the dangerous provisions in this bill, which would open swaths of federal designated wilderness areas to trophy hunting and commercial trapping, give a sweetheart deal to wealthy trophy hunters who shot polar bears in Canada, and stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating toxic lead ammunition. Since then, we've only found more odious provisions tucked away in the bill. One would let hunters take their bows and crossbows onto protected National Park Service lands – a perfect cover story for poachers. Another would force the government to try to buy up rights-of-way over private lands for the exclusive benefit of hunters and trappers who want to reach remote, previously unspoiled parcels of public land.
Have no doubt: this bill is not about "sportsmen" – it's about trophy hunters and trappers and their cheerleaders in the NRA. The NRA has crafted a wishlist of all the wildlife protection provisions that they would like repealed, and thrown them together in one bill. And some Senators seem to be taking the bait.