Firearms Responsible for 71 Percent of Homicides in Brazil

In large cities such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, poorer communities suffered the most with the increased availability of guns. Gun battles have become more common in favela communities, such as Rocinha and the Mare Complex.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From the beginning of the 1980s to 2016, the total percentage of homicides in the country committed with firearms rose from forty percent to 71 percent according to the Atlas of Violence 2018 released earlier this month by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and the Brazilian Forum of Public Security (FBSP).

According to the survey, between 1980 and 2016, 910,000 people were killed by firearms in the country, while deaths by other means remained stable since the early 1990s.

Researchers say the increased ownership of guns was . . .

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