The violent death of Rev. Edward Hinds, found dead Friday in the kitchen of the rectory of St. Patrick's Church in Chatham, has shocked local residents in this upscale bedroom community that attracts Manhattan commuters and young parents looking for good schools and a tight-knit community.Yes, it may be safer on average than other locales. It is not perfectly safe.
They don't stop crime, or keep crime at bay.
(If you could wave a magic wand and eliminate all guns in the world, do you think there would be no crime in the morning? Neither do I.)
So New Jersey sticks their collective head in the sand.
"People move here because it's very safe," said Jo Shent, a 20-year Chatham resident. "People don't get bludgeoned to death while making coffee in the rectory."Actually, at least one person did get bludgeoned to death.
But that's OK. People "feel" safe. They have no idea whether they actually are safe or not, but feeling safe is what's important, right?
Now even if NJ had sane gun laws, would this priest have been able to defend himself? Who knows? Having a plan for your defense does not guarantee your safety. (Add saying about "death and taxes" here.) But doing everything you can to disarm everyone doesn't bring about safety.