Russell Moore describes a dynamic of More Community, Less Crime

by Mr. Sheehy

If one lives in a community where people know one another, trust one another, and can call an neighbor (armed, if necessary) to help where needed, crime rates tend to be lower. This is not, I suspect, a case of “more guns, less crime” as much as it is “more community, less crime.” This is quite different from some of the big cities in this country, and increasingly our suburbs, where we do not know the people around us, and have no one to turn to but to the government to protect us from criminal enterprises that are often guarded with (usually illegal) guns.

We should listen, I think, to the rhetoric behind the rhetoric of the gun control debate. Both sides are often scared. They are scared of violence, often with good reason. The gun control advocate wants the government to protect him from gun-wielding criminals. The gun-rights supporter wants his gun to protect him from gun-wielding criminals. The gun control supporter trusts an armed government; the gun control opponent trusts an armed community.

Both sides of the debate are longing for the kind of civic community that is slipping away in a globalizing, urbanizing America.

Russell Moore, bringing up some ideas I had not considered regarding the conversations about gun control (though I admit I have mostly not monitored the various conversations about gun control, so perhaps Moore is not the first to suggest these things. . . . but I think they’re pertinent nonetheless).