Vail Daily letter: It doesn’t follow
The Nonsequitur of the Month Award goes to Claire Noble for her column “Time to lock up guns” (Valley Voices, Thursday’s Vail Daily).
Noble started off with a story about where she used to work, and how she was afraid a fellow worker might “go postal.” He was a loser, about to be let go, and “was a competitive pistol shooter with a small arsenal in his apartment.”
She compared this scenario to Vester Flanagan, who recently gunned down two co-workers at a Virginia TV station. But in her prior experience, the feared attack didn’t happen.
Noble conceded that both of those two individuals, and the Charleston, S.C., church shooter, obtained their firearms legally from a licensed firearm dealer, after going through a background check.
Nonetheless, Noble concluded that two measures are called for: First, a requirement that purchasers at gun shows be required to undergo background checks, and second, that those who possess firearms be required to lock them up. She did not explain how such requirements would have prevented the TV station or Charleston shootings, or any similar incidents in the news.
The rate of violent crime is declining in the US, except for a recent uptick in certain urban areas like Baltimore and Detroit. How much of the gun violence in such places is done with firearms legally obtained? Were gun shows a common source of the arms used? Butch Mazzuca presented an interesting analysis in his Feb. 10 Vail Daily column — that if you factor out major urban areas, the US murder rate is pretty low.
Claire Noble appears to be one of those people who get upset about a problem and decide that “we need to do something” and come up with unrealistic solutions — like the high-capacity magazine ban enacted in Colorado a couple of years ago. Its supporters felt good about themselves, but the effect on violent crime was zero.