"The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
-- Ayn Rand
Where I was raised in S W MO, had lead mines all over the place back around the turn of the century. In fact, one little town not far away, was Galena, the old time name for lead ore. My Grandfather knew a lot of guys employed in them back when he was a kid.
Two things that have never and will never be successful... the "war" on poverty, and gun control laws.