It’s Not Just Us, Brazil’s Loose Gun Laws Have Seen An Uptick In Violence And The Latest Massacre Saw 11 Dead
Brazil is once again rattled by gun violence after gunmen entered a bar and started shooting. Officials confirm that nearly a dozen people have died.
According to news reports, 11 people have been killed in what officials are calling a “massacre.”
Our of the 11 dead, there were six were women and five men. The armed group, whose members were wearing masks to cover their faces, arrived in cars and a motorbike before storming the bar and opening fire.
The shooting took place in the northern city of Belem.
According to Brazil’s G1 News, those killed were from a low-income and violent part of the city called Guamá, which is considered one of the seven most violent spots in the metropolitan Belem area. Federal troops were just sent in this past March to boost security.
Gun violence continues to be a major issue across Brazil and one that seems to be growing more severe.
In 2017, Brazil had a record 64,000 homicides, 70 percent of which were due to firearms. Much of that violence is either gang or police related.
In January, gangs attacked across the northeastern city of Fortaleza, bringing that city to a standstill as businesses, buses, and taxis all shutdown.
Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second biggest city, experiences daily shootouts between police and criminals, battles that often result in the deaths of innocent bystanders. According to one group, Fogo Cruzado, that monitors shootings in the Rio metropolitan area, there were 2,300 shootings in Rio during the first 100 days of this year.
And this bar attack comes just two months after a massive school shooting, a rarity in Brazil.
The shooting took place in Sao Paulo and resulted in the deaths of eight kids. The gunmen were former students. Even though gun violence is common across the country, even the city’s police chief said he had never seen anything like this.
The school shooting could have been even worse had a brave woman not saved the lives of 50+ students.
According to BBC, a school cafeteria worker helped save the lives of more than 50 kids by protecting them in the school’s kitchen.
Despite the growing gun violence, Brazil’s far-right president has recently made it easier to get a gun.
Earlier this year, Brazilian President Jaír Bolsonaro, who ran on a so-called “law-and-order” platform, signed a decree making it easier for people to get guns.
The decree loosens restrictions on gun imports and allows people to carry more ammunition, increasing the limit from 50 cartridges to up to 5,000.
He’s trying to deliver on a campaign promise to overturn gun control regulations in a country suffering from a record wave of gun deaths.