The Senator is convinced that anything that goes wrong always will
“This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America,” said Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction…We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”
It’s a bit troubling to me how the anti-gun crowd seems to get all energized and jazzed up after every news report of a gun crime, but I choose to believe that no one actually hopes that innocent people are murdered, whether it’s with guns or not. But just as it does gun owners no good to pretend that gun violence doesn’t exist, it does gun control proponents no good to pretend that gun violence outside America doesn’t exist.
Just this week, two former students of Raul Brasil school in Suzano, a city in Sao Paulo, Brazil, shot an uncle, stole a car, and then went into the school, killing five teenaged students, two school officials, and wounding another nine. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an investigator said that it appeared that the two attackers, aged 17 and 25, had been planning the attack for more than a year. The pair had apparently made a suicide pact, hoping to become more infamous than the 1999 Columbine high school attackers, and they took their own lives before police could apprehend them.
The last major school shooting in Brazil, one of the world’s most violent nations, occurred in 2011 when 12 students were shot and killed by a former student of a Rio de Janeiro school.
Brazil, as mentioned, is a country with a particularly high rate of violent crime. In the United States, the average homicide rate is usually around 5 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is lower than the global average of around 6 per 100,000. In Brazil, however, the rate hovers right around 30 per 100,000, meaning that someone is six times as likely to be murdered in Brazil as they are in the U.S., and nearly double that of the city of Chicago.
After the Parkland shootings and Sen. Murphy’s claim that “this happens nowhere else,” former President Obama Tweeted that America needs “long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want.”
But, looking at Brazil’s gun laws, it doesn’t appear that stricter “gun safety laws,” no matter how common-sense some think they might be, will make a meaningful difference. In Brazil, no one under 25 is permitted to own a gun, and any criminal record disqualifies someone. Guns cannot be bought without demonstrating an “effective need” for a firearm. Testing of mental fitness and gun safety, combined with high fees and licensing requirements, add to the mix which ranks Brazil as one of the Latin American nations with the lowest rate of gun ownership.
And, despite gun laws that American gun control activists can only dream of, the murder rate is six time that of the U.S. and another school shooting just occurred regardless of whether Sen. Murphy claims it never does or not.
It’s interesting that these two losers were intentionally trying to “best” the horrific Columbine massacre. I’ve written before that, instead of 10-year assault weapon ban, maybe the U.S. should adopt a 10-year gun violence reporting ban. Maybe if mass murders weren’t sensationalized around the clock, people like these idiots in Brazil wouldn’t be so keen to make their mark by killing a bunch of kids.
But no, the media simply plays along with Senators who claim this doesn’t happen anywhere else and makes bank by headlining the hour with dead children. Meanwhile, gun controllers hope they can turn the latest tragedy into stricter laws while ignoring that increasingly strict gun control in Britain (enacted after a school shooting, remember) has led to a nationwide rash of knife crime, which in turn has led to kitchen knives being pulled from the shelves of London stores.
But, since this happens “nowhere else,” Americans are urged to give up their Constitutionally-guaranteed human rights. And if we won’t do it voluntarily, there are plenty of folks lining up to take them away with the threat of force. If that were to come to pass—and we should all pray that it never does—then is when we’d see something in America that happens “nowhere else.”