If you've been wondering why it seems like I know so little about firearms, it's because I don't. I have never fired, or even held a firearm before. I am 20 years old and I am in the "learning" phase. I want to get as much information I can before I shoot, or buy one. I have learned a ton since I joined here and I really appreciate everyone's help. That being said, I've been reading online these past two days about lead bullets, and lead in general. I've been reading on how it can cause all these health problems, but then I think "If it's so dangerous, why does everyone use it?". I've heard some people say it's bad, and others say it's not bad. I don't know who to believe. I've figured to ask you guys because I would think you would know about this type of thing. I have some specific questions about the subject: 1. Does lead get into the air when a gun is fired? If so, what happens if I breathe it in? 2. If I touch the lead part of the bullet, will it cause problems? Or can I just wash it off and that's that? I would really appreciate your help in clearing things up for me. Thanks!