Amnesty warns on United States travel over mass shootings

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United States Office of the Amnesty International, a global right movement on Friday issued a travel warning to intending tourists to the U.S., asking them to remain cautious due to the prevailing gun violence in the country.

It adds that it aims to hold up a mirror to the USA using the model of the United States Department of State's travel advice for US travelers to other countries.

It warns persons to be extra vigilant and to avoid places where large numbers of people gather, especially cultural events, places of worship, schools and shopping malls. Venezuela, a country that has a complicated relationship with the United States had a level four advisory, the highest travel warning that can be given to a country, placed on them back in April.

Many in the Bahamas have questioned why the Minnis administration has failed to issue a travel warning about the U.S. particularly considering peak travel season and the fact that many citizens frequent Walmart whenever they visit the US.

The organization urged travelers "to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence".

Venezuela and Uruguay are the latest to rebuke us safety and discourage travel here after the Japanese Consulate in Detroit called the USA a "gun society" in a warning to its nationals Sunday, according to the report. "The government has not taken sufficient steps to meet this obligation".

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 the first assault on Saturday, a gunman opened fire on shoppers in a Walmart store in the city of El Paso, on the U.S. border with Mexico, killing 22 people.

The caution is being issued in light of the ongoing high levels of gun violence in the country.

In January, the State Department said no one should travel to Venezuela, due to "civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of US citizens".

Key background: This isn't the first example of foreign countries issuing warnings about gun violence in the U.S. Canada, Germany, France, Ireland and New Zealand have all done so, according to the Washington Post.

Experts argue the country's gun violence epidemic is tied to having the highest per-capita rate of civilian gun ownership in the world, with three hundred and ninety-three million civilian owned firearms in the country.



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