Brazil School Shooting Sparks A Familiar Gun Debate, NRA Talking Points And All

Brazil School Shooting Sparks A Familiar Gun Debate, NRA Talking Points And All

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BRASÍLIA ― One of the deadliest shootings in Brazil ’s history sparked a fresh debate over gun rights this week, deepening political fault lines that the U.S. firearms lobby helped form. Just hours after two young men killed 10 people and injured 17 at their former school in the quiet São Paulo suburb of Suzano on Wednesday, a São Paulo lawmaker from President Jair Bolsonaro ’s far-right Social Liberal Party called for arming teachers. “As long as the guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns,” tweeted Sen. Major Olímpio, a high-ranking party official and former police officer whose political influence has increased over the past few months. The remark echoed a familiar drumbeat from the right-wing coalition that propelled Bolsonaro to victory last year. Brazil’s influential and arch-conservative Bullet Caucus , a collection of congressional lawmakers to which Bolsonaro belonged during his nearly three decades in the legislature, threw its weight behind Bolsonaro as he campaigned on a hard-line law-and-order platform also calling to repeal Brazil’s most restrictive gun laws. That included the Disarmament Statute, a 2003 law that makes it difficult for most civilians to legally purchase or own a firearm. Bolsonaro signed a decree in January easing the restriction. The mass shootings that have become rote in American schools are rare in Brazil, though gun violence is common: There were nearly 64,000 homicides committed here in 2017, according to government figures, and most tend to involve guns. In 2016, for instance, Brazil suffered more than […]

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