March 13, 2019

26 shot, 9 dead in Brazil school shooting

Dana Mathewson

Quick! Somebody inform Barack Obama! I'm sure he told us this sort of thing happens only in America! In fact, I know he did.

At least nine people were killed at a Brazilian elementary school where two young men were seen entering the building and firing weapons early on Wednesday, according to Sao Paulo police.

Among the dead were five schoolchildren, one adult who worked at the building, one person who was standing just outside the school and the two adolescent shooters, police said.

At least 17 other people, mostly children, were also shot at the Raul Brasil elementary school and taken to hospitals, police said in a written statement. The state of their health was not immediately known.

School shootings are rare in Brazil, even though the country is one of the world’s most violent, with more annual homicides than any other. The last major school shooting was in 2011, when 12 children were shot dead by a former pupil in Rio de Janeiro.

While gun laws are extremely strict in Brazil, it is not difficult to illegally purchase a weapon.

It's not going to be easy to follow up on this one, but I would be interested in knowing just how strict Brazil's gun laws are, since the country has a reputation as one of the world's most violent countries. Maybe it's a country-wide version of Chicago.

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