"A sick man walks up to a group of women and children and tries to rob them. A good woman with a gun takes care of him!"
Katia de Silva Sastre, a 42-year-old military police officer, was off-duty on Saturday. Sastre was waiting with her seven-year-old daughter to get into a school event when the shooter, Elivelton Neve Moreira, arrived.
Moreira pulled his gun on the crowd, but Sastre moved quickly and shot first, hitting Moreira in the chest and leg. The now-viral video that captured the altercation then shows Sastre kicking the gun away from the robber, and holding him down while she waited for on-duty officers to arrive on the scene. Moreira later died from his injuries.
Sastre was hailed as a hero both by Sao Paulo’s Governor, Márcio França, who commended her actions on Sunday, despite the “regrettable outcome” of Moreira’s death.
Why: Gun rights activists are claiming the video as an example of the “good guy with a gun” argument, only with a feminist twist.
Sastre’s actions were extolled by the pro-gun community as well, which used the incident as an example of the importance of concealed carry laws.
THIS is the beauty of concealed carry. A sick man walks up to a group of women and children and tries to rob them. A good woman with a gun takes care of him! If she had no gun, they’d likely have all been dead/injured! pic.twitter.com/X1YVzV3djr— Joey M. (YourVoice™ America) (@JTMYVA) May 12, 2018
Other’s used the video to support a common pro-gun argument, with a feminine twist.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good woman with a gun!!!! You go girl!!!!— Penelope (@Penelop55459766) May 14, 2018
However, some liberal users said that Sastre -- an off duty police officer -- wasn’t just some “good girl with a gun” and that Second Amendment arguments didn’t really apply in this particular case.
Well guess what, this video is from Brazil. So it doesn’t even relate to your second amendment argument whatsoever. She was also was an off duty cop, not a regular citizen. So she had extreme training citizens do not have.— Nick “Darth” Muhl (@nicholasmuhl) May 14, 2018
The country has a high crime rate. About 60,000 people were murdered in 2015 alone. That figure is equal to the number of murders in the United States, China, all of Europe, Northern Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand combined.