http://ruxandraguidi.com/haiti-dispatches/* gun culture (vs. arms control) in brazil The World, 07.04.08: Brazil has more gun deaths than any other country that isn’t in a state of war. According to United Nations data, over 500,000 people were killed by guns between 1979 and 2003. And currently, 39,000 people die from firearms every year. In 2005, many Brazilians saw a radical answer to their crime problem — a nationwide referendum to ban guns altogether. The referendum failed to pass — but the laws tightened anyway. Yet Brazil remains awash with guns.
[...] But in reality, their work on the ground seemed to me very much like another US military operation. When the helicopter landed, a group of kids and young men gathered nearby full of curiosity. Two well-built security guards from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service carrying compact sub-machine guns guided us out of the aircraft. Only one person in the group spoke French, a Canadian; none spoke Creole. As the boys followed us into the heart of Belle-Anse, people in their front porches stared and some followed, and I realized that our unexpected parade into their little village was already too rushed, and none too friendly.[...]