As a nationwide gun ban in Brazil is due for a vote, I’m left to wonder if the anti-gun movement is just simply off-target.
The article linked above mentions that the armed police are feared more than the armed drug dealers who walk the streets. Take guns away from lawful Brazilian citizens? What’s to stop a corrupt police officer (or crew of corrupt police officers) from taking advantage of these same people? I’m going to guess a law won’t change whether or not the drug dealers carry firearms.
Isn’t the point to reduce gun-related deaths and injuries to innocent people? I haven’t reviewed any laws recently, but isn’t that sort of use of firearms already illegal? So, do we really need more laws about that?
Why not put all that effort and activism into convincing law enforcement to actually start cracking down? If the gun crimes are so common, isn’t this an enforcement issue instead of a legislative issue?
Now—I have no idea how you’d enforce that beyond what is being done already. Seems like there ought to be some creative answer to that.