Brazil: more violent than nations in war
Anti-gun politics aimed at citizens make the Brazilian society prey to criminals and high violent crimes
Commentary by Julio Severo
In my article “Rio de Janeiro and the Old West”, I said that the obsessive Socialist anti-gun laws in Brazil were destroying innocent Brazilian citizens.
In the Old West, there was equality. Outlaws were armed. But all of citizens also were armed. They were armed criminals against armed citizens.
In Brazil, inequality is total. For the outlaws’ huge happiness, only they are armed. They are strongly armed criminals against a strongly unarmed population, where a murderer feels like a fox free in the hen house. That hen house might be called Brazil.
While murderers in Brazil torture and kill innocent people, a victim that is able to repay ten percent to the criminal is condemned as a human rights offender. So Brazil has become a hell.
Hey, you do not need to accept my word. The secular press has already acknowledged that Brazil is very, very violent — and the reason is very, very clear. See a recent secular article:
Number of Brazilian murders higher than global war zones
By Jim Kouri, Public Safety Examiner
Brazil’s murder rate is more than four times higher than that of the U.S. and rates for other crimes are similarly high, according to a think-tank study released this week.
While U.S. government officials and members of the news media often remind Americans about the Mexican murder and crime rates, a study by the Latin American think-tank -- the Sangari Institute -- claims that well over one million people have been murdered in Brazil in the last 30 years.
According to the Institute's study released this week, Brazilians experienced more murders in their country than people living in nations that are in the midst of wars and violent revolutions.
Sangari analysts claim that the number of murders in Brazil increased 259 percent in the three decades, jumping from 13,910 in 1980 to 49,932 in 2010. What's shocking to many is the fact that Brazil has no territorial disputes, emancipation movements, or civil, religious, racial, or ethnic wars.
The murder rate rose 124 percent within the 30-year period, from 11.7 to 26.2 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
The study reveals that between 2004 and 2007, 192,804 people died of homicide in Brazil, exceeding the 169,574 people killed in the twelve largest armed conflicts in the world during the same period.
The South American nation witnessed more frequent murders in small towns and rural areas since the mid-1990s, the report said. At the same time, during the past seven years the murder rate in Brazil's metropolitan areas registered a continuous decrease, while the rate in rural areas increased consistently as police repression in large metro areas drove criminals to other regions, according to the study's analysts.
"We must deploy public policies to deal with the increase in violence in rural areas, especially the border regions," the study said.
Related article: Rio de Janeiro and the Old West