Of course, the left, being married ideologically to Marxist theology, will never admit the cost of disarming citizens will they? Tom Knighton explores
André Bevilaqua is no stranger to guns. He hunted as a kid, and carrying was a part of the protocol when he auctioned confiscated property at the regional court, where debtors frequently demurred. But when the Rio de Janeiro attorney set out to buy a .380 caliber pistol last year, he hit a rainforest of red tape that only a Brazilian bureaucrat could love.
A year later — after a thicket of questionnaires, hefty fees, a criminal background check, a psychological evaluation, a written exam and a shooting test, and a house call by three firearms inspectors — the armed forces finally green-lighted his purchase. I heard the contorted tale as I tagged along with Bevilaqua to the gun shop last weekend to pick up his gun.
That’s the drill in Brazil, where law-abiding folk submit to a state-stewarded via crucis in the name of public safety. Meanwhile, it’s de facto open carry for the busy criminals who’ve turned Brazil into a continental kill zone.
Hmmm, funny how Brazil which is extremely strict on gun ownership, has a far higher crime rate than America. How bad is that violent crime rate?
Yes, 60,000! That is a rate of 26.7 per 100,000 ( That rate rose to 29.2 per 100,000 in 2016. The US rate in 2015? 4.9 per 100,000 (it rose to 5.3 in 2016). So, Brazil, with such more gun control, sees 5 times the murders than America. Yet, the left only sees one solution
Those numbers alone would suggest the need for more restrictive gun laws. Scholars reckon that thanks to controls written into the 2003 disarmament statute, Brazil avoided 135,000 homicides through 2007. So it’s hard to buy the current proposals championed by gun lobbyists and a few political yahoos who aim to make Brazil safer by slackening controls.
“More arms in circulation mean more gun crimes,” Daniel Cerqueira, an expert on criminal violence at Brazil’s Institute for Applied Economic Research, told me. In a study of Sao Paulo townships, Cerqueira found that every percentage point increase of guns in circulation resulted in a 2 percent increase in homicides.
So, this expert can predict how many murders can be avoided by further disarming the citizens of Brazil? That is the kind of expertise that would make submarines safer by installing screen doors right?