Brazil is one of most violent countries on Earth. Almost 60,000 people were murdered there in 2014, to say nothing of kidnappings, rapes, assaults and robberies. According to a 2016 NPR report,
While some Latin American countries have higher per capita murder rates, in absolute numbers, Brazil is the deadliest place in the world outside Syria.
In other words, it’s a good place to have the means for armed self defense. But as a Bloomberg opinion piece (yes, Bloomberg) titled Why Brazil’s Strict Gun Laws Have Misfired illustrates, the country’s gun control laws keep almost all civilians disarmed, making them easy targets for Brazil’s huge criminal class.
THIS is the beauty of concealed carry. A sick man walks up to a group of women and children and tries to rob them. A good woman with a gun takes care of him! If she had no gun, they’d likely have all been dead/injured! pic.twitter.com/X1YVzV3djr
— Joey M. (YourVoice™ America) (@JTMYVA) May 12, 2018
André Bevilaqua is no stranger to guns. He hunted as a kid, and carrying was a part of the protocol when he auctioned confiscated property at the regional court, where debtors frequently demurred. But when the Rio de Janeiro attorney set out to buy a .380 caliber pistol last year, he hit a rainforest of red tape that only a Brazilian bureaucrat could love.