Travel warnings cite US ‘high levels of gun violence’

Amnesty International and several nations have issued travel warning to anyone planning to visit America due to “the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States.”

Gun violence left 31 people dead in two mass shootings last weekend.

The Amnesty International travel advisory calls for visitors to “exercise caution and have an emergency contingency plan when traveling throughout the USA.”

Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan also cautioned citizens against visiting the United States

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggests that Venezuelan citizens postpone travel to the United States of America, or take precautions “given the proliferation of acts of violence and crimes of indiscriminate hatred, expressed last weekend in the towns of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, leaving a balance of 30 people dead and about 53 injured.”

“These growing acts of violence have found echo and sustenance in the speeches and actions impregnated with racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed from the supremacist elite who hold political power in Washington,” said the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry. “This year alone, these actions have cost the lives of more than 250 people.”

“A fundamental factor to consider lies in the inexcusable indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population, also encouraged from the center of the federal government of that country, so it is especially advisable to avoid places where large crowds occur,” said the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry. “In particular, it is recommended not to attend these places with minors.”

A similar tone was struck by officials in Uruguay: “The Foreign Ministry warns compatriots traveling to the United States to take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, which cost the lives of more than 250 people in the first seven months of this year.”

“Given the impossibility of the authorities to prevent these situations, due among other factors, to the indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population, it is especially advisable to avoid places where large concentrations of people occur, such as theme parks, shopping centers, festivals artistic, religious activities, gastronomic fairs and any kind of cultural or sporting events. In particular, it is recommended not to go with minors to these places.

Likewise, it is suggested to avoid some cities, which are among the 20 most dangerous in the world, such as Detroit (Michigan), Baltimore (Maryland) and Albuquerque (New Mexico), according to the Ceoworld Magazine 2019 index.”

The Consulate General of Japan has warned against traveling to the United States in the wake of multiple mass shootings that took place over the weekend.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the diplomatic mission warned Japanese people to “be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States,” which it described as a “gun society.”

“The horrifying shooting in El Paso is the latest example of the urgent human rights crisis of gun violence in the United States,” said Amnesty International USA End Gun Violence campaign manager Ernest Coverson. This is among one of three high profile mass shootings in this country this week. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families —but as we’ve seen time and time again, thoughts are not enough.”

“If reports are true, this senseless attack cannot be separated from the escalating politics of hate and fear,” said Coverson. “This is simply unacceptable. Everyone has the human right to live in safety, whether they are going to the mall or walking down the street in their neighborhood.”

“It is outrageous that this country sees regular mass shootings and yet there is still no meaningful reform to address this crisis,” said Coverson. “We need reforms at the federal, state and local levels to protect everyone’s safety, including background checks for the sale of every gun.”

“Depending on the traveler’s gender identity, race, country of origin, ethnic background, or sexual orientation, they may be at higher risk of being targeted with gun violence, and should plan accordingly,” the Amnesty International advisory says.

The “high levels of gun violence,” in America is considered by Amnesty International to be a human rights crisis similar to those more often associated with third world countries. It warns travelers to remain vigilant at all times and to avoid places where large groups congregate, including places of worship, schools or nightclubs, all locations that have been targeted recently.

The most dangerous cities in the U.S. include Cleveland; Detroit; Baltimore; St. Louis; Oakland, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta; Stockton, California; and Buffalo, New York.

According to the FBI, in 2010, Elizabeth, New Jersey was the twenty-fifth most dangerous city in the United States and Camden has been ranked among the most dangerous American cities in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2009.


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