I’m thrilled to see that Democratic House members Gerry Connolly of Virginia and Ted Deutch of Florida are trying to get a $200 million gun-buyback program added to any final “fiscal cliff” deal in Congress. And they’re proposing that it be implemented via prepaid credit cards, so as to be an economic stimulus to boot. (Inspired in part by my column this week?)
Now, I called for $100 billion and Connolly/Deutch propose $200 million, but, as they say, you have to start somewhere. They’re asking their House colleagues to join them in signing a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to get this into any “fiscal-cliff” endgame.
With luck, Connolly and Deutch’s smart move will help raise interest in a bigger version of the idea that Vice President Biden’s task force can get into the State of the Union address next month.