Just hours after two young men killed 10 people and injured 17 at their former clas in the placid Sao Paulo suburb of Suzano on Wednesday, a Sao Paulo lawmaker from President JairBolsonaro’s far-right Social Liberal Party called for arming educators.
“As long as the handguns are proscribed, merely the outlaweds will have handguns, ” tweeted Sen. Major Olimpio, a high-ranking gathering official and onetime police officer whose political affect has increased over the past few months.
The remark repetition a familiar drumbeat from the right-wing coalition that propelled Bolsonaro to victory last year.
Brazil’s influential and arch-conservative Bullet Caucus, a collecting of congressional lawmakers to which Bolsonaro belonged during his nearly three decades in the legislature, shed its weight behind Bolsonaro as he campaigned on a hard-line law-and-order scaffold likewise calling to abolish Brazil’s more restrictive firearm regulations.
That included the Disarmament Statute, a 2003 principle that obliges it difficult for most civilians to legally purchase or own a pistol. Bolsonaro signed a decree in January easy their limitations.
The mass shootings that has now become rote in American institutions are rare in Brazil, though gun cruelty is common:
There are almost 64,000 homicides perpetrated here in 2017, according to government people, and most tend to involve guns. In 2016, for example, Brazil suffered more than 40,000 gun extinctions — doing it the only country in the world to have more gun extinctions than the United States. The violence is unequally strewn: More than three-quarters of annual victims of homicides are black
To hard-liners like Bolsonaro and his allies, the answer to this problem mirrors the solution offered by reactionaries in the United States: Brazil needs fewer restrictions on handguns, they say , not more.
And a crusade that has taken its rhetorical, strategic and political clues instantly from the playbook of the U.S. shoot hallway and the National Rifle Association — which has worked closely with pro-gun counselors in Brazil for more than a decade — knew exactly how to respond to a mass shooting at a school with students wandering from rudimentary to high schoolers.
Arm coaches. Expand gun privileges. Afford people guns, don’t take them away.
“Another tragedy involving a adolescent that attests to the failure of the ill-fated disarmament statute, ” Flavio Bolsonaro, the president’s son and a Sao Paulo senator, tweeted.