Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Brazil started a campaign to promote the disarmament of the population

BRASILIA, 12 Abr. The Minister of Justice of Brazil, José Eduardo Cardozo, has advanced in the month of May will start a national campaign to promote the disarmament of the population, after the massacre perpetrated by a former student at a school Realengo in the state of Rio de Janeiro (southeast). The initiative will be coordinated by a council composed of representatives of the Federal Government and civil society, such as the Brazilian Bar Association and the National Councils of Justice, Public Safety and the Attorney General.

The first meeting of this body will be held on Monday, but the minister has already met with various state groups. It is envisaged that the campaign is running on 6 May, however we do not have set a date for completion. One of the main challenges of this program is to expedite the payment of compensation to persons who voluntarily surrender their weapons, whose delay is usually achieved within three months.

"The delay discourages the population, which gives up to deliver the weapons," said Cardozo. Therefore, the Ministry claims that the Bank of Brazil guarantees the payment of such compensation. The last such campaign was a payout of between 100 and 300 reais (43.86 and 131.59 euros) for each of the 40,000 weapons that were delivered between 2008 and 2009.

This measure reflects the events of last Thursday, when Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, an alumnus of the school Tasso da Silveira, located in Rio de Janeiro neighborhood Realengo, broke into the school and opened fire on students, killing lives of a dozen and then commit suicide. Following this massacre the debate over gun ownership has gained strength in the South American country to the point that the Senate President Jose Sarney, has proposed to repeat the referendum on banning gun sales, agency reports do Brazil.

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