Brazil’s Leading Presidential Candidate Gets it Right On Gun Control

Brazil Presidential Candiate Jair Bolsonaro

“Guns don’t feed violence, just as flowers don’t bring peace.” So proclaimed Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said while responding to critics who say that allow law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms will increase the bloodshed rather than stopping crime.

One plank of the populist ex-army captain’s campaign is people to keep and bear arms for personal defense against the lawlessness created in the country’s infamous favelas (ghettos).

But with Brazilians desperate to ditch the status quo after years of recession, rampant corruption and ever-growing violent crime, his provocative positions make him stand out.

In Madureira, which is surrounded by sometimes almost lawless favelas and where residents live with the constant danger of gunfire, Bolsonaro’s pitch for looser gun control to allow self-defense met with particular approval.

Brazil is home to a strong gun culture and industry with such firearm companies like Forjas Taurus, Amadeo Rossi SA, and IMBEL (Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil) along with one of the largest ammunition producers in the world, CBC/Magtech (Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos). In fact, Brazil is the second largest arms industry in the Western Hemisphere.

Since 2004, civilian firearm ownership has been under attack by the Brazilian Department of Justice (Ministério da Justiça) through the requirement that buyers show need. Self defense is not considered a valid reason despite the country’s crushing crime problem.

Brazil has an estimated 17 millions firearms in circulation among the population and in 2005 the people voted against a referendum that would have banned the sale of guns and ammunition to civilians.

Candidate Bolsonaro has promised to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, a popular pledge in the nation that’s been called the world’s most murderous country.

Desperate Brazilians are wondering whether they’d be better off armed, given that around 60,000 of their compatriots are killed each year. Polls show support for gun ownership gaining ground. In an election year, politicians are paying attention.

One of the candidates leading the field for October’s 2018 presidential election — hardline conservative Jair Bolsonaro — has promised to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, a popular pledge in the nation with by far the most homicides of the entire world. Even before then, Congress may debate legislation to overturn the “disarmament statute,” a law that severely restricts civilian ownership of guns, and virtually bans their carry. The proposal would allow Brazilians with clean criminal records who pass psychological and firearm exams to buy up to six weapons and to carry them.

“Everyday, everywhere you look, the criminal is armed with a high-powered weapon as the citizen tries to hide,” Rogerio Peninha Mendonca, the lawmaker behind the proposal, said in an interview. “What we want is for the citizen to be more capable of defending himself.”

It’s almost as if Brazilians have finally concluded that gun control really only disarms law-abiding citizens.


  1. avatar Forward Assist says:

    I truly hate it when Politicians hold up long guns with a grin. Totally fake. I feel used. Dirty. In need of shower.

    True gun advocates don’t project like these clowns. But if you need fake gun drugs, then Brazil’s got em.

    Long live real gun advocates, not those who milk guns for political gain. Those we can toss of bridge for all I care.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I’m willing to bet you could not hold up that .50 without grinning. I know I couldn’t. He’s got my vote. What do you mean, I can’t vote in Brazilian elections? That’s un-American!

      His trigger discipline *does* suck, tho.

      1. avatar Rocketman says:

        What do you mean we can’t vote in a Brazilian election? If America can elect a Kenyan president then we can do anything we want to!

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Literally LOL!!! Was fortunately sitting, not drinking.

      2. avatar Forward Assist says:

        um, yea. Trigger discipline is non-existent since the clown probably doesn’t know the first thing about triggers. And he might want to remove the scope covers too. A Bozo at the highest level!

        1. avatar Carry on retard says:

          Dude stfu we get it you can find a trigger or scope cover on a picture, congratulations! And Brazil would be better off with another socialist gun grabber. Go suck a big Brazilian banana.

        2. avatar John says:

          Just so happens I have that same scope on one of my long-range rifles (Ruger Precision .308) and the caps are actually SEE-THRU….so there is no need to take them off everytime you want (or need) to take a shot. In fact, the forward cover on mine is actually amber tinted to increase contrast in low-light or foggy/hazy conditions…

          Just sayin….

      3. avatar B.D. says:

        I get what the OP means tho. The way he is holding it, etc etc… but his outlook kind of makes that one picture of him all teeth ear to ear and holding a .50 LR like a little girl learning to shoot her first .22lr, almost void. I think what OP means to say, is it would have been cooler if he was in the prone, finger off the trigger, and not in a suit trying to market to the gun crowd. Still, doesn’t really matter whenever you advocate those kind of self defense rights. He has my vote.

        also, you forgot we “elected” an “Iraqi” too…

        1. avatar Brazilian Butts Yum Yum says:

          The OP is whining about details when this country is a socialist failure with very dangerous areas as far as crime rate goes. The OP is being shown the moon, he is staring at the finger (the trigger finger).

    2. avatar John frie says:

      How would you suggest they gain their gun rights if its not by political power; since its political power that prevents them now to have any rigbts?

  2. avatar L says:

    So, how long until he’s murdered by the cartels?

    1. avatar Jeh says:

      Cartels are mostly a mexican thing these days.

  3. avatar Michael says:

    I could move there. The people are friendly, the food is great and there are huge areas of the country that are undeveloped wilderness. They have their economic difficulties, but these are mostly due to foreign companies and post-colonial interference by outsiders. There is even a colony of Confederate ex-pats who have assimilated and seem to have done rather well for themselves. Just when it looked like the frontiers were all gone, a place with no Progressives might work out just fine. Any firearms companies looking to hire? 30

  4. avatar Nanashi says:

    Good for him.

    1. avatar Guardiano says:

      What, no complaint about the NRA?

  5. avatar former water walker says:

    I wish him luck! Is that 60000 dead include suicide like BS American “statisics”?!?

    1. avatar Brian says:

      No, homocides only. Its crazy down there.

  6. avatar Mr Lizard says:

    “who say that allow law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms will increase the bloodshed rather than stopping crime.”

    Well for the first week at least. But it should taper off quickly

    1. avatar Sheep Dog says:

      True, maybe homicide rates will necessarily increase followed by a huge decrease of crime. I bet dollars to donuts the vast majority of them will be criminals killed by law abiding citizens.

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    “Guns don’t feed violence, just as flowers don’t bring peace.”

    Epic statement! I’m going to use this later!

    Guns have a look that leftists associate as scary and dangerous.
    Flowers have a look that leftists associate as nice and beautiful.

    And just like he says – a flower isn’t going to bring peace, and a gun isn’t going to cause violence.

    Only a real person behind them, can cause anything. People cause these things, and if there is a problem, it is the people that are the problem, and that is what needs to be addressed.

  8. avatar el Possum Guapo Herr Standartenfuher" they think we're making pizza'," Oberst von Burn says:

    Flowers don’t bring Peace? He’s smoking the wrong flowers man )

  9. avatar Sheep Dog says:

    He’s going about it the wrong way, holding up what the socialist call weapons of war.
    Oh, Lordy, Lordy think of the children!
    A smart move would’ve had him pictured, strapped with a pistol in a holster, a more common tool for personal self defense and less shocking to the gun control sheep.
    IMO going straight to the “Big guns” (no pun intended) is a risky move.

  10. avatar Ams says:

    He is harkening back to the military dictatorship that many are nostalgic for.

    Half the Brazilians I know wish the could the own and shoot guns. The other half complain abt the criminals shooting people.

    Cartels are very real, strong enough to shutdown cities on the threat of violence if they wish.

  11. avatar will says:

    It will be interesting but I think we will its similar to the US. Crime will drop by 25% when the criminals are not sure if you carry. I hope they join us in a 2nd amendment The thing I noticed is over time they became bolder because they never hear how many people are stopped by gun owners. 250,000 times in 2016 and the media is silent. Also only 3% of Americans carry and we need more. If 10% carried crime would drop even more.

  12. oh goody, they will get to own six firearms. wow, I wonder how many the crimminals down there own. well I hope he gets in if he he for real, but, I have to say they should not cap how many they can own. they will still have a long way to go. like some sort of amendment thing that makes it a right so when the next guy gets in he can’t change anything with a magic wand like I got here where I live, I”M S.A.F.E. (sic) ( and I mean SICK).

  13. avatar Alan says:

    Regarding the gentleman smiling for the camera, while holding a shouldered rifle with finger on trigger, where is the muzzle pointed, or shouldn’t one ask.

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