Brazil Will Condemn Itself to Repeat Past if ‘Anti-Gun’ Lula Returns to Power

Give Brazil’s president credit for trying, but the swamp wants him to fail and is demanding a return to its unchallengeable violence monopoly. (Jair Messias Bolsonaro/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Brazil can be rescued after being turned into a Covid-stricken global outcast by its ‘psychopath’ president Jair Bolsonaro, the politician best placed to defeat him in next year’s presidential election has insisted,” a story The Guardian reports. “Brazil’s former leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva left no doubt he was planning a finale to a dramatic political career.”

Bolsonaro and his government are being blamed for their response to the virus and the resulting deaths. And that may be what it takes to return confirmed leftist and Workers Party founding member Lula, “who has positioned himself as a reliable, moderate and upbeat alternative to Bolsonaro’s ‘moronic’ extremism,”  to power.

A “leftist” is now a “moderate”? And a return to power?

Lula is a former president of Brazil. “In 2017, he was convicted for bribery after accepting a seaside apartment from a construction company in exchange for lucrative government contracts,” DW Akademie reported. “The following year, another court found him guilty of corruption and he was sentenced to a total of 26 years on charges of taking bribes.

The conviction was voided by Brazil’s Supreme Court on an eight -three vote not because he was innocent, but on a technicality “that the lower federal court where Lula was tried lacked jurisdiction.”

So naturally, being a well-heeled socialist, the masses are behind Lula because of what it will be in his power to take and then give, and Bolsonaro supporters are being painted by the media as “far-right” extremists. And naturally, being a socialist with power, Lula rejects the notion that the right to keep and bear arms is the most egalitarian power-sharing arrangement ever devised and instead is all in for citizen disarmament and a government monopoly of violence.

“Brazil’s president Monday signed sweeping changes to the nation’s gun-control laws ending years of legislative wrangling,” Big News Network reported in 2003. “Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made official a bill passed by the Congress earlier this month, making it illegal for civilians to carry firearms.”

Per the Taipei Times, Lula signed laws to “prohibit possession of firearms in public places such as sports arenas, churches, government buildings and schools … raise the minimum age for gun ownership from 18 years to 25 years and require gun owners to register their weapons with both the Defense Ministry and the Justice Ministry.”

That was followed by a nationwide referendum proposing:

“The sale of firearms and ammunition is prohibited in the entire national territory, except to those entities provided in article 6 of this Law.”

“Brazilian gun ban vote backfires,” The Guardian reported. “The Brazilian government, the UN, the Roman Catholic Church and the Globo media conglomerate all supported the move, but the people gave a resounding no in a referendum that proposed a ban on gun sales. With over 90% of the votes counted, 64% rejected the ban.”

As usual, the elites and the useful idiots were for it. So, what was it the people knew that made all the difference?

“People here fear the police and their guns more than they do the (drug) dealers,” I quoted a slum dweller talking to The Washington Post in a GUNS Magazine article on Brazil.

Here’s why:

“Brazil’s police ‘execute thousands’” the BBC headline declares.

“You couldn’t really investigate complaints because you knew there was this curtain of silence that was always present,” former police ombudsman Professor Julita Lemgruber claimed, adding, “that she had personally dealt with cases in which summary executions had happened.”

“A lot of these killings are quasi-executions, with shots to the head and the heart,” a representative of the human rights group Global Justice told The Houston Chronicle, which reported “police in Rio and its suburbs … have taken the lives of more than 4,000 people in the past five years … In the worst massacre in Rio’s history, police officers gunned down 29 men, women and children on the night of March 31.”

So with this as the backdrop for the recent past, how is Lula selling citizen disarmament today, with a fawning media hanging on his every word?

“Brazil’s Lula: ‘Jobs And Books, Not Guns,’” teleSUR dutifully gushed.

“Commonsense gun safety,” right? That and the “majority” want disarmament edicts, right?

The tactics never change, and the results are always the same.

Bolsonaro, on the other hand, tried to ease Brazil’s tyrannical gun restrictions but then was forced to pull back, as this column reported in 2019. His presidential decree, bold by Brazilian standards but abysmally unacceptable by U.S. gun owner standards, declared:

“Permission for the rural gun-owner with legal possession of a firearm to use the weapon within the perimeter of their own property; Breaking of the monopoly on arms imports in Brazil; Permission for collectors, sport shooters and hunters (CSCs) to be able to travel between home and shooting site with the firearm and its ammunition; Armed Forces Veterans with ten years or more of experience will be entitled to bear firearms; The right to purchase up to 50 cartridges per year will go up to one thousand cartridges per year.”

Even that was too much for the Brazilian political establishment. The Supreme Court (the same group that put Lula back in the political power game) had to review it for “constitutionality.” And “[I]t faced a strong opposition, even from governors in states with high rates of violence who argued the order failed to improve security.”

It’s interesting that by having to pull back on his decree, it was pretty much demonstrated Bolsonaro did not have the political juice to overcome opposition from squabbling government entities at all levels driven by their own power agendas and determined to bring him down. Yet when it comes to his handling of a health crisis thrust on his country by global powers who keep changing their stories on what happened, who’s responsible for it, and what’s the best way to deal with it, he alone bears responsibility?

This looks to be another case of the left not letting a crisis of “progressive” government’s creation go to waste. It’s a test if Brazilians with short memories are desperate and dumb enough to fall for Lula’s siren promises. As philosopher George Santayana famously observed:

 “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
1 month ago

The greedy, miserly, socialist Catholic Church needs to shut up and stay out of politics. What has happened to Mexico, Central, and South America over the past 40 years is a God awful shame. I spent the first half of my life, fully intending to retire in Mexico, with a red tile roof, a few AK’s in the closet, and 2 or 3 common-law wives. But not now; oh hell no.

Bill
Bill
1 month ago

People In America really need to think twice about holding contradictory beliefs. On one hand, most people recognize that the Second Amendment enshrines the right of the people to defend themselves from tyrannical government. On the other hand, most of the same people accept the idea that, as the government becomes increasingly tyrannical, the government has the authority to reduce or eliminate the right enshrined in the Second Amendment. It is time to stop playing this insane mental game, where two absolutely contradictory ideas are both regarded as true. How can people in this increasingly less free nation grant government… Read more »

Arny
Arny
1 month ago

Best thing he could do is ensure they have a honest election. And I believe he will hold his seat.

nod
nod
1 month ago
Reply to  Arny

Only problem with that approach is having a fair election seems impossible these days. Check the last US election.

I would suggest the states get a grip on their election laws. Get back to the basic voter rules. No picture ID no vote. Go vote at your local voting place unless you have a doctors statement on file and a legal verified signature on file. Those people can vote by mail.

hoss
hoss
1 month ago

CRBs are the same the world over, whether in S. America, or here in the U.S. They all want all want the same thing “power”. Ever last one of them are hypocrites, do as I say not as I do. All you have to do is look at the Democratic politicians in any blue state!
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

HLB
HLB
1 month ago

While we in the United States are considered the most freedom friendly people on Earth, we are not too far from Brazil. If we slip over the critical balance point in weapons freedom, we will lose that until a new generation suffers enough to ramp up the charge, and that will have to be a violent charge. Right now, all we have to do, is wear our weapons in public so others will get used to it. They will acquiesce over time. No blood will have to be drained.
HLB

Superman
Superman
1 month ago
Reply to  HLB

Nope; totally incorrect approach. But thanks for playing. Now go back to sleep.

Bozz
Bozz
1 month ago
Reply to  Superman

You offer a lot of snarky criticism, but never say anything substantial. How about interjecting something useful for a change.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
1 month ago
Reply to  Superman

“Superman”? How old are you? 12?

BigJim
BigJim
1 month ago

Don’t use any electronic voting machine. Best advice for Bolsonaro. I’m sure they’ll try and tell you its ligit.

Superman
Superman
1 month ago
Reply to  BigJim

‘Ligit’? Is that a new model of vehicle?