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.” . . .