A Brazilian territory is believed to have become the first region in Latin America to ban the sale of toy guns as the country attempts to staunch an epidemic of firearm-related crime.
“To change the culture of violence we must begin from childhood. Our sons will start understanding what is often repeated, that guns are not toys,” said Alirio Neto, the federal secretary’s justice secretary.
With a population of more than 200 million, Brazil recorded 43,000 violent deaths last year, 73 percent from firearms, he noted.
“Violence in Brazil is becoming like a war,” complained Valeria de Velasco, an official dealing with victims of violence in Brasilia.