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Rights Groups, Countries Warn About Visiting The US Following Latest Mass Shootings

Rights groups and countries have cautioned visitors to the US, saying Washington is unwilling to ensure protection against gun violence.

This follows recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that claimed the lives of 31 people last weekend.

Amnesty International, a human rights organization, issued its own travel warning in the wake of the weekend shootings.

It called growing gun violence in the United States a human rights crisis, and that certain people may be in greater danger of violence given their “gender identity, race, country of origin, ethnic background or sexual orientation.”

“People in the United States cannot reasonably expect to be free from harm,” said Ernest Coverson of Amnesty International USA.

“A guarantee of not being shot is impossible.” he added.

According to the warning, those who decide to travel to the United States should be extra vigilant at all times and be wary of the ubiquity of firearms among the population.

Moreover, they are also advised to avoid places where large numbers of people gather, especially culture events, places of worship, schools, and shopping malls.

They are advised to exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos as well.

Meanwhile, the latest mass shootings have triggered a sharp role reversal, with three countries warning their citizens about the risks of traveling to the U.S.

Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan issued warnings to varying degrees following the deaths of 31 people over the weekend in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

Each warning noted U.S. gun violence, and at least one was laced with a dose of political payback.

Without directly naming President Donald Trump, the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro blamed the surge in violence on speeches emanating from Washington that are “impregnated with racial discrimination and hatred against immigrants.” It urges Venezuelans to postpone U.S. trips.

Uruguay, Venezuela and Japan aren’t the only countries to have issued travel warnings about the risk of gun violence in America though their language citing “hate crimes” and the “supremacist elite” in Washington was head-turning in the wake of deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Close US allies have long warned their citizens about the risks of exploring the United States.

While most online advisories rank the US as safe to visit, many also make mention of domestic mass shootings, typically categorized as terrorism and also warn about the astronomical cost of American health care for visitors whom misfortune befalls.

 

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