|Originally posted by Lira |
Actually, it seems not. I wish I had a better piece of evidence than the document I posted, but Brazil is not exactly famous for having legions of number-crunching statisticians telling us what our country is like, so I guess it'll do for now.
The reason why people appear on the news when they kill the robber, I believe, is because a successful defence is much rarer (and much more awesome) than a failed attempt. It's the same reason why aeroplane crashes receive a lot more media attention than the numerous car accidents that happen in any given country: you report what's rare, not what's common.
Which is why relying on the news, for example, isn't usually the most reliable source of information for things. When I look at Brazil, I don't really feel that it is very hard to figure out why there are as many violent crimes as there are. As mentioned before, gun laws are extremely strict and any time I talk with Brazilians on the issue, they seem to have the belief that these gun laws are necessary, all while they lay defenseless to crimes committed to those people who are going to get these guns anyway and commit a violent act.
On the flip side, you take a country like the USA, where yes it does have its share of problems, doesn't seem to have the level of violent crimes as countries like Brazil. I believe it is because more people have the ability to defend themselves here then countries like in Brazil. A robber is probably going to think twice about robbing a house in Bucks County, PA for example, knowing that more then every other house probably has someone living there ready to defend themselves with gun. In Brazil, robbers are most likely thinking the exact opposite.
My opinion though. I still love Brazil and its people.