Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, Vows to Legalize Guns for Self Defense

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, Vows to Make Guns Legal for Self Defense
Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, Vows to Make Guns Legal for Self Defense

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Brazilian President-Elect, Jair Bolsonaro, is following President Donald Trump in keeping promises he made during his campaign, or at least, he is continuing to say he will keep one of those promises only three days before being sworn in, on 1 January 2018. From telesurenglish.net:

Three days before being sworn-in, Brazil's far-right President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro stated on Saturday that he intends to sign a decree to allow people with no criminal record to buy guns.

“By decree, we intend to guarantee the POSSESSION of firearms for the citizen without criminal antecedents, as well as make its registration definitive,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.

The loosening of firearms laws was one of the key platforms in Bolosonaro‘s campaign for the 2018 elections. The former army captain will take office on January 1.

Bolsonaro gave no further details and it was not immediately clear what mechanisms he will have at his disposal to carry out such a decree, or what specific measures the decree would contain.

Brazil's Congress is already discussing measures to loosen gun laws.

In 1980, Brazil had a homicide rate of about 12 per 100,000 people, only a little higher than the United States. The U.S. had a homicide rate of 10.2 in the same year.

In 2017, 37 years later, the United States homicide rate dropped in half to 5.2, while Brazil's rate almost tripled to 30.8.

Between 1980 and 2017, the United States has been incrementally restoring Second Amendment rights. The number of guns owned per capita (per person) has increased from .75 to 1.25, or 67%.

Brazil took the opposite approach, placing numerous restrictions on gun ownership. It is almost impossible for a law-abiding citizen to use a gun in self-defense in Brazil. Legal gun ownership in Brazil is about .038 guns per capita. (3.8 guns per 100 people). Illegal gun ownership is a little higher at about .045 guns per capita (4.5 guns per 100 people).

Presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro promised to take a different tack.

Bolsonar wishes emulate the United States, to some extent, and recognize Brazilians' right to armed defense of self and property. Brazil has one of the top ten highest murder rates in the world.

There is strong support for this in the Brazilian legislature. Reforms to Brazil's extremely restrictive gun laws are very likely to pass in 2019, whatever President Bolosnaro declares.

Brazilians are fed up with high crime and murder rates. Many wish to be able to defend themselves against armed criminals.

George Soros, through his protege Rebecca Peters, worked hard to rid Brazil of legal firearms. In 2003, the already strict Brazilian firearms laws became extreme.  The homicide rate, both with and without firearms, leveled off at about 30 per 100,000 in 2004.

Rebecca Peters actively campaigned for a nearly complete ban on legal Brazilian guns and ammunition, in 2005.

Peters has been considered one of the major personalities behind the extreme gun laws passed in Australia, in 1996. Those laws were passed because of the Port Arthur mass murder, which was perpetrated in late April of 1996.

Gun Ban, Aussie Style
Gun Ban, Aussie Style

In 1995, Rebecca Peters produced a thinly disguised documentary on gun laws in Tasmania, Australia. The video “Tassie Guns, a Current Affair,  essentially told people how to commit mass murder, while it called for extreme gun control.

Australia's Port Arthur's mass murder was committed less than a year later.

Rebecca Peters message was supported by polls which claimed 80% of Brazilians wanted to ban legal guns and ammunition.

In 2005, the Brazilian population voted against the gun and ammunition ban. 64% voted against the ban.

Jair Bolsonaro has tapped into this common-sense desire to be able to defend oneself with armed force.  From the bbc.com in 2005:

Beni Barbosa, the “No” campaign spokesman, said: “We managed to get our message across that Brazilians have individual rights which the state cannot take away.”

“Here, people were not choosing whether to have a gun or not. They were voting for their rights to choose.”

That sentiment seems to have been correct. Jair Bolosnaro won the election in 2018, with  55.2% of the vote.


About 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.

  • 7 thoughts on “Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, Vows to Legalize Guns for Self Defense

    1. If Barry Soetoro, could be POTUS … then Jair Bolsonaro can be POTUS, and a better one. Oh, and we don’t limit our discussions because some self declared faggot communist says so.

    2. The was a talking head on PBS News last night, and she basically said the streets will run with blood once the population was re-armed again. The same rant they used when they allowed campus carry in Texas. It’s been 2 years since that law was passed in Texas, and none of their dire predictions have come true. The reason is that criminals and crazies go elsewhere when they know their victims may be armed. The same will ring true for Brazil. Crime will go down once the population is allowed to defend themselves in public. Even the FBI has published the same conclusion.

      1. True!

        In every single US state, political liberals have screamed bloody murder every time legislation has loosened gun-control, predicting dire “blood-in-the-streets” consequences. But not one single such prediction has ever – EVER – been correct.

        Have the crazies never heard of the law of unintended consequences? They cannot have meant for their tirades to turn citizens against them, but that is certainly what is slowly happening… as FBI and CDC constantly find more and more evidence that gun ownership and crime have in an inverted relationship – more guns owned equals less crime, while fewer guns owned equals more crime. The case for causality is becoming more solid every day.

    3. When you say you are gay, does that mean you are happy or a homosexual? I get so confused… And if you are actually a communist and a homosexual, check out how the the latter get treated in communist run countries.

    4. Are you serious? You’re going to throw away the obvious connection to economic prosperity just to make this argument? You’re really not giving capitalism a lot of credit here, and that’s coming from a gay communist, IRL.

      You’re really out of your comfort zone with this one. Stick to firearm news and abusive US gun laws, there’s enough material there for you to make a point, but all this Duterte and Bolsonaro stuff going around isn’t going to get the 2nd Amendment folks anywhere. It’s not either/or, there isn’t two sides, you don’t have to choose out of spite.

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