a blog with cultural bulimia.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Brazilians reject the ban.

The referendum was not about if a citizen should or should not have a gun to defend himself against the escalating violence.

Much less if he is in favor of life or death, peace or war.

It was about prohibiting the commerce of guns and ammunition - prohibition that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

The result of this prohibition would be an incentive to smuggling and an emporwement of the criminals themselves.

In a one month period I went from excitement about the referendum to total discredit. In the end, I'm happy that Brazilians rejected the ban. At the least, it showed they couldn't be swooned by all the celebrities that endorsed the 'yes' campaign and brought nothing to the discussion.