It’s a video that would make any gun enthusiast cringe.
A steamroller in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil plowing over thousands of firearms and smashing them to bits.
It happened on Thursday when thousands of guns were laid on a city street and steamrolled as part of Rio’s efforts to get guns off of its streets, KXAN reported.
Steamroller ploughs over thousands of guns, other munitions in Rio de Janeiro as part of mission to take guns off the streets of the city. pic.twitter.com/TLV11xGumM
— ABC News (@ABC) July 6, 2017
“Operation Steamroller,” as it was dubbed, destroyed around 5,000 guns as it was overseen by the Brazilian army.
The guns were either confiscated by state police and handed over willingly by citizens as part of a disarmament campaign, according to KXAN.
The move was in response to the rising murder rate in the tourist city, which climbed from 4,200 in 2015 to 5,033 in 2016 according to Reuters.
Leftists on social media thought Rio’s gun destruction was a fantastic idea that they want the idea imported to America.
Send the steamroller to America please
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) July 7, 2017
This is what we have to do here in the states.It is so easy to get a gun. https://t.co/lcyluYJPp2
— Heisenberg (@maximumeffort65) July 6, 2017
My heart is so full at the sight of this, I think we’re going to make it after all. https://t.co/j99gZhqfPE
— Anjilyn (@Seems_to_me_) July 7, 2017
But the vast majority of people who responded to the video were horrified by what they witnessed.
This is what a totalitarian government emerging looks like.
— technicallymax (@technicallymax) July 6, 2017
I’m Brazilian and I guarantee the thugs in the favelas will get more guns, they always find more but the good citizens are robed every day.
— Marcus Vinicius (@marcusvindj) July 6, 2017
Great idea!!! Then only the government and criminals will have them. You are brilliant!!!
— Kristi (@dianawwprince) July 7, 2017
Oh yes that’ll stop criminals from getting weapons for sure 😂
— Tania Hernandez (@tantangerine_) July 7, 2017
Great, now the people left with guns will have less to worry about!
— E V A N (@CallMeEvNel_IU) July 6, 2017
Now steam roll vehicles because I don’t know if they’ve been watching, but crazies use them as weapons too…
— Sam (@Sam36198128) July 6, 2017
The first step towards tyranny is disarmament of the people.
— Thomas Black (@beaconinthemind) July 7, 2017
I would guess that the thugs didn’t pay down their guns! Most likely it was the law abiding citizen who fell for this ruse.
— Patriot girl (@ChrisDeeClouti2) July 7, 2017
Well RIP Brazil. Good luck defending yourselves from criminals. https://t.co/SH8awfamUH
— Adam Winters (@AdamWinters76) July 7, 2017
Great… now only the criminals have guns. https://t.co/Z0JMsvLdAT
— Garrett McCall (@gratmccall) July 6, 2017
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