An Uncommon Person

Brazilian President LulaBrazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is obviously an uncommon person. He is quoted as saying, “common people having guns won’t provide security” after casting his ballot in favor of the proposed gun and ammunition ban, which was rejected by 64% of Brazilian voters–perhaps just the common ones. Not that such things ought to be decided by voters, common or uncommon. Yet, I strongly suspect that Lula’s bodyguards, and perhaps even Lula himself, regularly carry guns and ammunition.

Some obvious questions are, of course: security for whom? Security from whom? Choose appropriate answers, and perhaps Lula, like all tyrants, is correct in this matter, after all.

Apparently, though, an uncommon person can still be a private citizen. Scroll to the bottom of the above linked article for this one:

Lula joined actors and musicians favoring the ban to say in a newspaper opinion article on Oct. 9 — written as a “private citizen” — that the 2003 gun control bill already helped reduce violence.

Yes, I’m sure the common criminals disarmed as quickly and thoroughly as the uncommon ones.

9 thoughts on “An Uncommon Person”

  1. Is that Kennedy in the photo? How did he get elected President of Brazil? And why is he calling himself “Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva”?

    Well, everybody has to compromise their ideals to make a living, I suppose. But this is taking it really too far.

  2. No, he’s trying to gain a monopoly on shooting people. He won’t succeed, though, because the people (other than those he pays) currently shooting other people are already disobeying laws against murder, robbery, random shooting, etc. Why would anyone think they would obey the new gun laws?

    And yes, wade, when two people are “shooting each other,” it’s quite possible that one of them is in the right. That’s the one you would disarm, thereby changing the problem from “people shooting each other” to “good people getting shot” or “good people doing whatever the nice gunman says.”

  3. no andy, i would disarm them both. The police in brazil (or anywhere else for that matter) are no more competent or trustworthy than other sections of the population.

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