Vigilante Killings & Sub-par Education Vs. School Shootings

Vigilante

There has been a disturbing trend on the rise in Brazil as of late. Vigilante vengeance. I understand why this might be happening. The police are unproductive, underpaid and often unqualified for their jobs. So people start to get that the bad guys get away with crimes and there is no real threat – especially when authorities recommend that one should not even fight back. However, as you might imagine, the vigilante model is severely flawed.

It began with people ganging up on thieves and putting them, bound, on public display.

But then, this trend took a turn for the worse. Groups began going after people in a much more violent fashion.

For example:

A group in Guaraujá decided to lynch a woman they suspected of performing black magic and kidnapping small children. (This is a link to a very violent video. FYI.)

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2014/05/1449679-mataram-a-mulher-diz-morador-apos-espancamento-no-guaruja-veja-video.shtml

Turns out, the police found no evidence of her having committed any crimes. In addition, I believe they found out later they attacked the wrong person.

Then, a 13 year-old-girl was stoned to death for stealing another’s boyfriend in Curitiba.

http://www.estadao.com.br/noticias/cidades,jovens-sao-acusadas-de-apedrejar-e-matar-garota-de-13-anos-em-foz,1164197,0.htm

Last I check, boyfriend stealing was not even a real a crime.

A man has his penis cut off by the community for suspicion of raping a 3-year-old girl (in English).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/08/brazil-penis-cut-off-severed-sexual-assault_n_5289992.html?utm_hp_ref=brazil

Police determined the girl was not raped.

Then, a manicurist was kidnapped and tortured by a group of people for suspicion of stealing food from a house.

http://www.estadao.com.br/noticias/cidades,manicure-e-sequestrada-torturada-e-morta-apos-suposto-roubo-de-dinheiro,1165634,0.htm

A group hunted down and beat to death a man for allegedly beating his wife – but the group misidentified the culprit and killed his brother instead.

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/ribeiraopreto/2014/05/1454534-vitima-de-agressao-em-araraquara-sp-diz-nao-ser-de-briga.shtml

Dexters these guys are not. For awhile, these stories were arriving at an alarming rate. There are many, many other examples. The main problem with vigilante justice is that those involved don’t really have the resources to properly investigate a crime. Nor put the accused through a proper judicial process. (This is why I don’t want anyone coming for the World Cup to get into any bar fights – you may be able to defend yourself one-on-one, but if a crowd decides you are in the wrong… you are going to be in trouble.)

Couple this craziness with my lack of enthusiasm with the education system here and I start to think, especially for my daughter’s sake, that we should make plans to go back to the U.S.

That is… until another demented f*cker unloads bags of bullets into another crowd of unsuspecting students.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/05/24/shooter-kills-at-least-six-people-in-rampage-near-uc-santa-barbara/

What the… f*ck! What is happening in the United States of America that causes the breeding of total psychopaths? Is it the culture or some chemical in all the processed foods that makes us #1 in murderous rampages outside of war zones?

I get the NRA’s overarching theory that we all have the right to protect ourselves. But that only works if EVERYBODY has a gun and knows how to use it – not just the lunatics. Even if we could pull that off, it is difficult to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys in a shoot-out. Unless one was wearing white and the other black like in the wild west movies. But then, it is a matter of self-perception when getting dressed in the morning. This creates a nightmare for law enforcement.

Outside my daughter’s school everyday stand two tall and wide security guards. Often, they are accompanied by someone in a uniform with tall boots – maybe a member of the Brazilian bomb squad? I don’t know. But they are there and I feel totally OK when I drop her off that inside – she is safe from the kind of sh*t that has taken place in the US.

But there are really so few instances, you might offer, compared to the actual number of schools in the States. Yes, perhaps the odds are against it, but I watched a chilling speech from a parent of one of the recent victims, who explained that you never think it is going to happen to your kid – until it does.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/25/us/santa-barbara-shooting-victims/index.html?hpt=us_c1

How about this. Let’s give some of these unemployed war veterans (those you can pass a mental stability exam – a real one, not the one they give to people who wander in to buy a gun) jobs standing outside schools looking scary. Give them each a gun NRA’ers. That’s OK, as long as we are sure they aren’t going to go into PTSD episode. Hire one to stand on the corners of any well-pollulated public area and in front of movie theaters. Plus, let’s throw around more metal detectors at the entrance of schools and other public places. Those are a couple bills I’d readily get behind and give us my tax dollars for. There is a deterrence. Because like Brazil, most of these criminals never pay for their crimes. Instead, they wind up offing themselves before getting caught (that is, unless you believe in Dante’s Inferno).

Until there is some kind of solution, I think we’ll try and figure out how to get ourselves to Denmark or Switzerland instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About bornagainbrazilian

Having relocated from New York City to Sao Paulo, Brazil, I'm an expat attempting to broaden my horizons and adjust some of my American ways to be "born again" a Brazilian.
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7 Responses to Vigilante Killings & Sub-par Education Vs. School Shootings

  1. Pierre says:

    I think you should wait until the next presidential elections to move out of Brazil. Because if Aecio Neves wins, there will be some huge positive changes in this country. Vote 45!

  2. Erin says:

    I don´t think the problem is crazy people. The US has about the same percentage of people with mental illnesses as in other countries. The problem is that there are too many guns and such easy access. Any idiot. can get a gun in the US. The background checks are a joke and if you buy your gun at a gun show, there are no background checks. In other countries these shootings don´t happen because there is sensible gun control. All people, including the crazy ones don´t have easy access to weapons, and it´s a lot harder to kill 50 people when all you are wielding is a steak knife. I think the real problem is that most politicians have been bribed by the NRA in the form of campaign financing and the American people are too stupid and brainwashed to understand that the answer is fewer guns not more of them. They think the “right to bear arms” means that everyone should have a gun when in fact, for the founding fathers, it meant the right to raise a militia. I think the foudning fathers are all probably turning over in their graves at the NRA´s interpretation of this. Finally, as Megan mentioned, these shootings have become all too commonplace. It seems like there´s one every couple of months. I wonder when the American people will wake up and realize what the real problem is and I wonder if they or any of our idiot lawmakers in Washington will ever have the balls to stand up to the gun lobby.

  3. M. A. Franco says:

    I that was a great rhetorical move. Where you display the negative actions of vigilante groups and the school system in Brazil then, you oppose your thoughts of going to the US by examining all the gun violence that has happened. Good read thanks for sharing.

    Best,
    M. A. Franco

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