Violence in general, and criminal misconduct in particular, have been a growing problem in recent years and the use, possession and distribution of firearms in Brazil has been the subject of numerous studies.
A new report “Mapa da Violência 2013: Mortes Matadas por Armas de Fogo” (A Map of Violence 2013: Firearms-related deaths), written by Julio Jacobo Waiselfisz finds that the homicide rate in Brazil has doubled in three decades.
The report is based on statistics form the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the “Global Burden of Armed Violence” report published by the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, an international organization that periodically trawls global data on armed violence.
It shows in Brazil in 2011 there were 27.4 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, an increase of 132 per cent on 1980. A total of 1.2 million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011, almost 39 per cent of which were young people aged between 14 and 24.