Violence-Plagued Brazil Says No to Gun Control in Referendum

Brazilians are voting Sunday on a proposal to ban all gun sales in the country. Polls show the proposal heading for a likely defeat despite gun violence that claims the lives of more than 36,000 Brazilians each year.

Supporters of the ban seemed headed for an easy win until about three weeks ago, when opponents, including weapons-makers, began an aggressive media campaign.

Opponents of the ban say average Brazilians need guns to protect themselves from drug gangs and thieves. Supporters say the ban is needed to bring down the death toll from firearms.

Brazil’s Health Ministry says gun homicides have already fallen eight percent in the past year thanks to a gun-control campaign launched in 2003.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says Brazil’s murder rate of 21.7 per 100,000 people a year is the second-highest in the world, behind Venezuela’s.

VoA

Tags:

You May Also Like

US’s Good News Is Bad News for Brazilian Investors

Latin American markets were mostly lower, with Brazilian and Mexican shares declining amid worries ...

Bossa Nova, Meu Amor (Bossa Nova, My Love)

For all its self-congratulatory slaps on the back, the Brazilian marketeering establishment is not ...

Brazil Has Four Among Ten Leading Leasing Firms in LatAm, Including Number One

A ranking of the 100 leading equipment leasing companies in Latin America was released ...

Brazil and Mercosur Create Their Own Mini World Bank

Energy, infrastructure, human rights and support for Bolivian democracy were among the main issues ...

Sweet Sixty

Starting in 1986, Ney Matogrosso decided to incorporate a sober side to his "scandalous" ...

Mafia Kills 7, Burns Buses and Spreads Terror in Brazil. Again!

Once again Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo (10.5 million inhabitants) is at the mercy ...

Brazilian Migrants on Way to the US Among Killed in Mexico’s Drug Gang Massacre

The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Brazil has received word from the Mexican government ...

US Military Base in Colombia? I Don’t Like It, Says Lula of Brazil

US plans to increase the number of troops in Colombia is drawing opposition, not ...

For Job Seekers Brazil Is No Eldorado

Thinking of moving to Brazil? If the aim is to make a lot of ...

Brazil’s Agribusiness Export the Best Since 89

Exports from Brazilian agribusiness reached US$ 33 billion between January and October this year. ...