Brazilian “Right-wing” candidate Bolsonaro winning over voters with promise to “Give guns to good people”

9 Oct , 2018  

Brazil has the highest murder rate of any developed country, so it isn’t surprising that people want to do something to protect themselves.  “Right-wing” presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in the first round election this past Sunday, massively outdoing the second place candidate for the Workers Party who got only 29.3%. The media has characterized Bolsonaro’s solution as a “simple recipe for ending violence.”

Jair Bolsonaro topped the poll in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, having seduced tens of millions of voters with simple — though radical — solutions to eradicating violence in one of the world’s deadliest countries.

For many, Bolsonaro has the answer to the question that has preoccupied them for years — how to lower the crime rate in a country with more than seven murders an hour?

“Give guns to good people,” the former paratrooper insisted during campaign meetings. . . .

Bolsonaro wants to arm women “so they can defend themselves, increase penalties for rapists and introduce chemical castration.” . . .

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