Democratic Representatives Gerry Connolly (VA-11) and Ted Deutch (FL-19) are campaigning to have a gun buyback program added to the fiscal cliff deal:
“Gun buybacks have proven successful in communities across the nation,” Connolly and Deutch said in a “Dear Colleague” to House members. “Adding $200 million to the final compromise on the fiscal cliff could remove as many as 1 million guns from our streets.” Noting that such programs are supported by law enforcement agencies as a valuable resource for reducing gun violence, the two congressmen said including the gun buyback program in any year-end deal “is a simple, immediate step we can take to assure the public we are committed to taking meaningful action.”
Such a program operates under the assumption that the mere presence of guns is the primary cause of fatal gun related incidents. It does nothing to address the actual issue relating to mental instability that leads to such tragedies as Sandy Hook. Blinded by a purely political desire to see the entire citizenry disarmed, the left is incapable of an honest discourse that may lead to proper and effective preventative measures (the right is similarly guilty of this breed of stubbornness).
In addition to a being a workaround of the Second Amendment, Connolly and Deutch view the buyback program as a potential government economic stimulus, stating that “[d]istributing funding to the States to run buyback programs using pre-paid debit cards with a three-month expiration date could provide a jolt to local economies that have stagnated in the wake of the recession and concerns over the fiscal cliff.”
Of the (at least) $200 million that Messrs. Connolly and Deutch wish to spend, some will go to those merely taking advantage of a government program by trading in an item that was perhaps extraneous, and some will undoubtedly land in the hands of criminals looking for extra cash for their next illegal endeavor (or perhaps their next gun purchase) as there are no questions asked with these programs. Additionally, the buyback program perversely encourages those already involved in criminal activity to partake in a gun-theft spree as a means to net a profit.