Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece on what Brazil’s recent presidential will mean for people’s safety around the world.
Brazil’s strict gun control laws have failed. The country’s annual homicide rate now stands at 31 per 100,000 people—almost six times higher than the US rate. Despite bolstering of law enforcement after Brazil’s disarmament legislation took effect in 2003, the country’s homicide rate is higher now than in 2002.
“The citizen deserves to have the means to defend himself, respecting the referendum of 2005, when he chose, at the polls, the right to self-defense.” From President Bolsonaro’s inaugural address, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
In a Tweet, Brazil’s president-elect made news today by affirming his promises during the campaign: “By decree we intend to ensure possession of firearm to the citizen without criminal record, as well as make his registration definitive.”
There are only about 1.3 million licensed firearm owners in Brazil.…
With the conservative candidate in the Brazilian presidential election pushing hard to “give guns to good people,” the issue of gun control is front and center in the race. Rough translation of Dr. John Lott statement from the Portuguese in the Brazilian newspaper Mundo:
“The debate on gun control focuses on new regulations that nothing would have done to stop the massacre of Las Vegas.
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%.…
John Lott was interviewed by Gabriel Brust with Portugues do Brasil about the move to liberalize their gun laws (November 2, 2015):
With the advancement in the National Congress of the bill repealing the Disarmament Statute in force since 2003, making it less rigid rules for the acquisition of firearms, a war of conflicting numbers municia those who defend and who is opposed to changing the law.
Literally only a few percent of Brazilians are currently legally able to own guns, but Brazil has had one of the highest murder rates in the world (they are 24th in the first figure in this post). From AFP about a draft law that could be voted on in November:
Brazil, which has one of the highest murder tolls on the planet, could soon end most restrictions on gun ownership, risking what one critic called a “Wild West” scenario.
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