Brazil may use 2014 World Cup as anti-gun platform
December 15, 2011
Brazilian officials are considering using the 2014 World Cup as a platform for the battle against gun use. The Guardian reports that FIFA, the organization that oversees the World Cup, may offer free or discounted tickets to the World Cup games to anyone who surrenders a firearm to the government.
"We must consider the social legacy in defense of peace," Renan Filho a representative of the Brazilian Democratic Movement party, told the news source. "In [South] Africa the theme was the fight against AIDS. Here we must spread the culture of peace and disarmament. We are still the country that most kills with firearms."
Filho is hoping that the theme for the 2014 games will be "for a world without guns," according to Globo Esporte, a Brazilian news publication. There is also talk of offering signed memorabilia in exchange for surrendered weapons to encourage more people to give up their guns.