I respect you all and love this community, so I'll offer my 2c - none of this is directed at any one person, but it is a reflection of answering my own personal initial reactions (which seem to match most of us here).
This story makes me sad in some ways; however, this is old news. The decision to close the plant was made long ago, and the decision not to re-build was announced in June, and.... and... while enevitably not good for ammo-land, juicing up scare-talk instead of searching for solutions is just going to make ammo more scarce. Anyone want to look up the situation of our lead stores surplus? We need to be funding solutions (politcal?), ... and running to walmart to buy up overpriced federal 62gr is not a solution, it is a reaction. If we all stay scared and jittery about our ammo all the time.. we'll seem like the crazies some folks want to see.
2014 is coming, and we had better be talking about the economy, the economy, the economy (things to which even non-gun-owners can relate!)(the fed's should have subsidized the plant to meet the requirements - for economic and national security interests). Bill Clinton's montra just might be the savior of conservative politics in the USA.
It is bad for a nation to be without a primary lead smelter "in-country", and this stinks for those that are loosing their jobs, but this is good for the health of the families in and around that town, period.
Anytime we mention this to left-leaners, middle-minded, or even far-out-ocrats, we had better have our facts straight about lead-poisoning, and lead-exposure to children - and be willing to acknowledge the full spectrum of effects of decisions like these. Failling to care about - or even denying that this plant had serious health consequences for the families in that town makes us look like:
2) morons who don't give a crap about children, and
3) morons who are self-obsessed over our own (seemingly narrow) concerns.
People do not look to #s 1, 2, & 3 for leadership or influence.