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Brazil Presidential Race may Bring Reforms of Restrictive Gun Law

Ammoland Inc. Posted on October 9, 2018 by Dean Weingarten

Brazil Presidential Race may Bring Reforms of Restrictive Gun Law

Brazil Presidential Race may Bring Reforms of Restrictive Gun Law

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- Popular presidential candidate in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, narrowly missed winning with a first-round election. In Brazil, there are multiple parties. The top two candidates have a run-off election for the presidency. If one candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, there is no run-off.

Jair Bolsonaro won the first round in a crowded field. With 46%, he almost won outright. The next nearest contender received 29%. From ft.com:

Brazilians are fed up with rampant crime and one of the highest murder rates in the world. Brazil instituted extremely restrictive gun laws in 2003, after gradually making it harder and harder to own and use guns since the 1980's. Brazil's already high homicide rate increased after the extreme gun laws were put in place.

Jain Bolsonaro has supported reforms to place into law the right of people to have arms to defend themselves and their property. The laws would not be as protective as the United States Second Amendment. The reforms would drop the age requirement for gun ownership from 25 to 21. They would eliminate many current restrictions on ownership. They would explicitly allow for arms ownership for defense of self and property. From bloomberg.com:

Now that Bolsonaro is likely to win the Presidency, real reforms of the extreme gun laws are plausible.

Many commentators have referred to Captain Bolsonaro as "extreme" and right wing. Careful examination of his policies show that they are popular. They are only extreme when viewed from the far left. Captain Bolsonaro is compared to President Donald Trump. Few note that both Bolsonaro and Donald Trump promote the empowerment of the law-abiding middle class by championing their right to arms.

President Trump champions the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Captain Bolsonaro champions a return to more freedom to arms for Brazilians, such as existed before 1980. The Brazilian murder rate has more than tripled since 1980, while the U.S murder rate has dropped.

The correlation does not prove that guns are the cure for crime, or that more guns will reduce crime. It indicates that extreme gun control has no effect on crime.

From independent.co.uk:

For law-abiding Brazilian citizens who have property, who do not benefit from crime, access to guns gives them reason to trust the state and the police.

The Brazilian government has shown severe problems with corruption. The government of Brazil needs to regain the trust of its people.

About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.