Brazil's gun ban goes down bigtime
Reuters reports that the vote in Brazil lost by 64-35%. ""We didn't lose because Brazilians like guns. We lost because people don't have confidence in the government or the police," said Denis Mizne of anti-violence group Sou da Paz." How about both reasons?
Via Instapundit, which has a great roundup, including Dave Kopel's note that this represents a stunning repudiation of the international gun banning movement.
The gun ban proposal was defeated in ALL states of the Brazilian Federation and in the Federal District (our "DC").
But what do you think that the "yes" campaigners are now saying??? They're saying that our draconian "gun control law" is actually quite good and remains in place.
ALL major political parties, ALL important media outlets, ALL "intellectuals", ALL "university professors", ALL artists and media "personalities", the government, the liberal Bishops' Conference, and, last but not least, the United Nations, and liberal "non governmental organizations", financed by the UN, the EU, and the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations: ALL campaigned for YEARS for this Gun Ban proposal. But the people has defeated them, overwhelmingly.
Their answer? "We don't give a damn"
The people's answer? We are fed up with these "politically correct" measures! FED UP!!!!
Posted by: BrazCath at October 24, 2005 05:29 AM
I wonder if this might generate some momentum for reversing and repealing some of the draconian gun laws.
Posted by: Kevin P. at October 24, 2005 06:18 AM
Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen, Kevin P. The current government is a hard-left anti-gun party, but the major opposition party is a center-left party which is even more anti-gun.
The disconnect between the people and the political "elites" is as strong here as in Europe... But the referendum showed that there is a large conservative majority in the country, which expects a leader and a true conservative party... No Chavez or Castro here! The people will not accept it, and that is the most important political message of this referendum.
On the other hand, several Congressmen of the victorious Self-Defense campaign are already discussing alterationd to the Gun Control Act. It will all depend on the composition of the next Congress, which will be elected in 2006.
Posted by: BrazCath at October 24, 2005 06:34 AM
Congratulations to Brazil.
Posted by: C.A.G. at October 24, 2005 06:11 PM