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Brazil’s polemic gun control debate sounds a lot like America’s

Brazil’s polemic gun control debate sounds a lot like America’s
Photo: Antonio Grosz

Ten days after a 14-year-old student opened fire on his classmates, students in the city of Goiania returned to their school. Inspired by school massacres at Columbine in Colorado and Realengo in Brazil, the student had taken his mother’s personal firearm from home. Four students were injured, and two were killed. But while mass shootings in the U.S. provoke debates around the right to bear arms, the conversation in Brazil turned to bullying instead.

Unspoken support for gun possession seems to be growing in Brazil. Congress is currently considering a series of measures that would loosen restrictions on...

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