Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro vows to ‘level the playing field’
Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro – aka “Tropical Trump” – has declared that he plans to arm law-abiding Brazilian citizens with guns, allowing them to better defend themselves against criminals.
Bolsonaro is demanding changes “to level the playing field,” noting that “hoodlums already have guns.”
The newly elected president hopes that by allowing law-abiding citizens better access to firearms for self-defense, it will help to lower his country’s spiraling crime rates.
During Brazil’s presidential election, Bolsonaro himself was the victim of a violent crime when he was stabbed at a campaign rally in September last year.
The 63-year-old was rushed to intensive care following the attack by a lone assailant, with doctors performing major surgery for several hours.
He suffered a deep and life-threatening wound to his intestines and lost 40% of his blood.
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on December 30, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Bolsonaro announced that he will decree protections on the people’s right to own guns so as to turn the tide on criminals who have spent years preying on the defenseless.
He tweeted: “By decree we intend to guarantee the POSSE of firearm for the citizen without criminal antecedents, as well as make its registration definitive.”
The Wall Street Journal reported on Brazilians who are yearning for the change Bolsonaro’s personifies.
According to Breitbart, for example, Claudio Sotero Júnior owns a store “selling bodybuilding supplements.”
He has had the store for 12 years and “has been robbed at gunpoint six times since … 2006.”
And three years ago, Sotero Junior “had to give up teaching kickboxing classes to pick up his wife from work every day after gunmen robbed and sexually assaulted her at a bus stop.”
He said he wishes he could own a Glock handgun. Sotero Junior observed, “It’s not fair, we’ve become hostages in our own country, we can’t take it anymore.”
A 47-year-old sales executive named Ricardo Gouvea echoed Sotero Junior’s sentiment, saying, “No one feels safe any more … anywhere in Brazil.
“Everyone has a right to defend themselves.”
On December 14, 2018, Breitbart News reported Venezuelans lamented the draconian gun controls put in place by Hugo Chavez in 2012.
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) January 1, 2019
Fox News spoke to Javier Vanegas, a Venezuelan English teacher now living in Ecuador.
Vanegas said, “Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight.
“The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force.
“Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”
Bolsonaro is determined that law-abiding Brazilians will be spared the plight Venezuelans are facing.