Strange things happen when promises of gun control equating to increased safety fail to materialize. Such is the situation today in the world’s murder capital of Brazil:
Desperate Brazilians are wondering whether they’d be better off armed, given that around 60,000 of their compatriots are killed each year. Polls show support for gun ownership gaining ground.
Forty-two percent of Brazilians believe gun ownership is a citizen’s right… That’s up from 30 percent four years earlier (emphases added).
As I wrote a couple of years ago regarding Panama, it would seem that at least some Latin American constituencies are finally beginning to recognize that their oligarchical statism is not all it is cracked up to be, from a personal safety and individual rights perspective at any rate.
On a related note, Australia now has more firearms in civilian hands than it did prior to the infamous 1996 gun confiscation legislation that so many anti-gun demagogues are wont to disingenuously praise. Yet, despite this, the firearms-related death rate remains far lower than pre-1996 levels. Weird. It is almost like there really is not much to the alleged correlation between guns and death.