What We Can Learn From Gun Control in Brazil
The Democrats in the House wasted no time. They want your guns, and they want them now. They’ll have a tough time getting most of their agenda through the Senate, but our 2nd Amendment rights are far from safe. Even Republicans in the Senate are warming to the idea of universal background checks and gun ownership registries.
In the meantime, a country that suffered greatly at the hands of gun control is reversing more than a decade of oppression. You can look to Brazil and learn a valuable lesson. If you give the gun grabbers an inch, they’ll take your life.
A Monumental Failure
Back in 2002, life in Brazil was tough. The economy was far from great. Crime was rampant, and murder rates were substantially higher than what the population could tolerate. A government was elected by running on strict gun control. They pulled out all the stops. Brazilians under the age of 25 could no longer purchase or own firearms. Possession of a gun required a strict, expensive permit. Approval for the permit was dependent on passing mental health and competency examinations. They did it all, and firearm ownership in the country dropped below one percent.
In the meantime, Brazil’s economy did great from about 2002 to 2008. They moved to manufacturing electronic goods, stabilized the agricultural components of the economy and began exporting biofuels derived from sugar cane. Then, the world saw economic trouble, and Brazil was hit hard. Crime returned, more ferocious than ever, and the corrupt government used their increased control to keep the people under their boots. Citizens could not defend themselves from the tyrannical government or the criminals, and 2018 saw the highest murder rate in the country’s history. It was close to double the number in 2002 and more than 6 times what we saw in the U.S.
Worst of all, 70 percent of those record-breaking murders were committed with illegally owned firearms. There’s no question that gun control failed in Brazil. By many measures, it probably exacerbated the problem and left more innocent people dead.
The Rapid Success of Reform
Jair Bolsonaro is the new president of Brazil. He took office this month, and was a president-elect for a short time before that. He ran almost solely on a platform of restoring gun rights to the citizens of Brazil. He won the election handily. More importantly, the month after his election already saw murder rates plateau. The mere threat of a more armed population stemmed a bloody tide.
Now, it’s obviously too soon to say that policy that isn’t even in the books yet has helped Brazil, but when we compare other nations, we can pretty reasonably assume that Bolsonaro’s platform is going to help the people of Brazil. If nothing else, they will no longer be beholden to a corrupt government that stripped their self-defense.
The best comparison we can consider is right here in the U.S. While most western countries are increasing gun regulations, many states at home have made concealed carry permits far more available. In every single case in our country, a rapid increase in CCW holders correlated with a sharp decline in all violent crime. Every case saw this change in less than a year. Very obviously, arming responsible citizens is the best way to battle crime.
There Is No Argument
When you objectively consider the data, there’s really no argument at all for gun control. The right to bear arms is pivotal to self-defense, and this should not be a uniquely American concept. Every major nation that has disarmed their population has seen a sharp rise in murders after.
Leftists love to obfuscate this fact. They’ll say that gun murders in England dropped after the massive ban. That’s true, but overall murders spiked. Within five years of banning guns, England saw an all-time high in murder rates (until 2018). The same was true in Ireland and Jamaica. The numbers fluctuate when you look at other countries, but every single case involved a sharp increase in murders when citizens were disarmed.
There is no data at all to support gun control. It is a logically failed idea. That’s why gun grabbers always have to make emotional appeals. When science fails, they’ll just try to guilt you into their agenda. It’s time to turn the tables. Gun control killed tens of thousands of Brazilians. It is doing the same here at home. If you value human life, then you also have to value the defense of human life. Don’t let the gun grabbers get away with their lies anymore. Hit them with facts, and turn their emotional appeals against them. We’ve seen enough lives lost to this evil.