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Bolsonaro argues that disarming people is not going to stop mass shootings

Tuesday, August 6th 2019 - 09:48 UTC
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Bolsonaro, a former army captain, maintains that guns can be part of the solution to violent crime in a country that had 65,602 murders in 2017 
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, maintains that guns can be part of the solution to violent crime in a country that had 65,602 murders in 2017

President Jair Bolsonaro argued for his signature policy of relaxing gun control measures, saying they will not stop mass shootings such as those that left 31 dead in the US over the weekend. “Disarming people isn't going to keep that from happening,” Bolsonaro said.

“Brazil is, on paper, extremely unarmed; and a similar thing has already happened here in Brazil,” Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia.

The United States was in mourning Sunday for victims of two mass shootings that killed 29 people in less than 24 hours. The first was in El Paso, Texas and the second in Dayton, Ohio.

In Brazil, such attacks are rare, but in March, two former students of a school in Suzano, in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, killed eight people and wounded 11 before killing themselves.

Bolsonaro, a right-wing former army captain, maintains that guns can be part of the solution to violent crime in a country that had 65,602 murders in 2017, according to official data.

Like many gun-rights advocates in the United States, he argues that an armed citizen could potentially stop a shooter during an attack.

Categories: Politics, Brazil, United States.

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  • Trimonde

    Boy. The world has really been splitting the waters lately and dividing the idiots from the non idiots

    Aug 06th, 2019 - 05:53 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    Mendes of the STF criticized the Lava Jato operation and its members once again.
    In an interview to newspaper Correio Braziliense, released on Sunday, August
    4th, the justice fired out: “Deep down, it’s a game of cronies. It’s a criminal organization that investigates people.”
    Messages released by The Intercept Brasil suggest that Deltan encouraged investigations into Toffoli and his wife, as well as Gilmar’s wife. In the conversations, Dallagnol suggested and encouraged the investigation of Supreme Court justices and their wives. “Why did they want to investigate Toffoli or me? Because we did something wrong? No, because we represented some kind of resistance to the malpractices that were unfolding,” Gilmar said.
    The magistrate says that the behavior of Lava Jato members evidences the presence of a criminal organization Gilmar stressed the need for the information displayed in the conversations leaked by The Intercept Brasil website to be explained not by who published them, but rather by who produced them.
    There can be no task force between members of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the judge,” he said.
    According to the STF justice, Lava Jato had a direct impact on the 2018 elections. He points out that the entire political system was disrupted and that the candidates linked to public safety achieved a significant turnout.
    “I believe that the Lava Jato operation alone has led to an impact on the political system, well before the election, and, in a way, determined who could and who could not be a candidate,” he said.
    As for Lula, Gilmar believes that this must be analyzed with caution. “It is a very curious context which must consider the fact that the former judge, who convicted former president Lula, later accepted an invitation to be a minister of the opposition candidate. This factor is even challenged internationally,” he said.
    https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/brazil/lava-jato-is-a-criminal-organization-says-gilmar-mendes/

    Aug 08th, 2019 - 11:30 am 0
  • imoyaro

    Well, “Alejandro” Betts...that is the name of the person in the picture you are sporting...one of your relatives was responsible was responsible for the shooting in Dayton, I can certainly see the family resemblance. ;)

    Aug 07th, 2019 - 07:54 am -1
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