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Brazil starts a national disarmament campaign by destroying thousands of handguns

Victor R. Caivano / AP

Handguns, with their plastic and wooden parts removed, are seen on the back of a truck before being burnt during the first day of a national disarmament campaign in Volta Redonda, Brazil on May6, 2011. About 2,000 firearms were burnt to kick start the national campaign. The metal obtained from these guns will be used to build items for the Tasso da Silveira public school in Rio de Janeiro where a man shot and killed 12 children on April 7, 2011.

Victor R. Caivano / AP

Brazil Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo holds a gun before he throws into an oven on the first day of a national disarmament campaign on Friday, May 6, 2011.

AP reports:
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The Brazilian government has begun a disarmament campaign officials hope will take more than 1 million guns off the streets by the end of the year.

Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo launched the campaign Friday just one month after a lone gunman shot and killed 12 children in a Rio de Janeiro school before taking his own life.