Urbin Report

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A Civil Rights Victory in Brazil

Mr. Reynolds brings the good news of a gun control referendum has failed in Brazil, and by a rather sizable margin, dispite massive governmental and "international" support.

More than 64 percent of voters favored keeping arms sales legal, the electoral court said with 75 percent of the expected 122 million votes counted.

Only 35 percent supported the ban even though some 36,000 people were killed by guns last year in Latin America's largest country, where bloodshed and violence are a daily concern for many citizens. [Yeah, it's a Reuters story, so you have to expect asides like that.] Full results were expected by midnight (0200 GMT).

"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.

An instapundit reader in Brazil tells the story from the local viewpoint:
Hi Glenn, I live in Brazil and believe me, you don't know the half of it. The level of propaganda from the pro-ban side, which included the current government, the Church, the Globo television network (think CBS, ABC and NBC combined) and the arts/intelligentsia crowd was beyond the pale and clearly directed at the less fortunate. In other words, it was presented as a class vote. The margin of victory indicates that Brazilians of all classes voted against this ridiculous referendum. It is a sure sign of the steady but certain maturing of democracy in this country.