Guns and Crime

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R.A. Heinlein said it best: "An armed society is a polite society"
Here are two news articles that show the truth of this.
First, from Reuters - January 15, 2019:

Bolsonaro loosens gun laws in murder-ridden Brazil
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a temporary decree making it easier for Brazilians to buy guns, delivering on a campaign promise to overturn strict regulations in a country suffering from a record wave of murders.

And two bits of information - first:

The country suffered a record 64,000 murders in 2017, the most in the world. Nearly 45,000 of those homicides involved firearms.

Well gee whillikers Binkey - why don't they try Gun Control?
Problem is, they did - second:

Gun laws toughened considerably under former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who in 2003 signed sweeping measures that prevented ordinary citizens from carrying guns. The law mandated background checks for gun purchases and gave federal police the right to reject applications for gun ownership for any reason.

And now, let's segue to a bit more than one year later - from ABC News - February 14, 2020:

Brazil homicides fall to lowest level in at least 12 years
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro celebrated Friday after a crime index showed homicides fell to their lowest level in more than a decade during the first year of his term.

Any questions? Now why is our own government so hot to grab our guns? Think about this for a minute.  There are over 370,000,000 legally owned firearms in the hands of American citizens. If these were a problem, we would know about it.

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