Two countries have issued travel advisories to their residents planning to come to the United States, in response to two mass shootings over the weekend which resulted in dozens killed.
The shootings occurred in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were shot and killed by a gunman with alleged white supremacist viewpoints. Hours later, another shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio, where nine people were killed, although the motivations for the attack remain unclear. In both incidents, dozens of others were seriously injured.
Both Uruguay and Venezuala urged caution to travelers going to the U.S., over violence that is possible as well as the prevalence of bigotry in the country, CNN reported.
The Uruguay Office of Foreign Ministry told citizens they should “take precaution amid the growing indiscriminatory violence, specifically hate crimes including racism and discrimination.” They added, the “indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population” and the “impossibility of authorities to prevent these situations” should make travelers wary of coming to the U.S.
Uruguay today issued a travel warning to its citizens visting the United States of America, citing “growing violence” fueled by “racism and discrimination” that American “authorities are unable to prevent” due to “indiscriminate” gun ownership. Let that sink in for a minute. pic.twitter.com/M0u6520caL
— Rep. Dean Phillips (@RepDeanPhillips) August 5, 2019
The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry issued similar warnings.
“These increasing acts of violence have found an echo and support in the conversations and actions impregnated by racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed by the supremacist elite who holds political power in Washington,” that office warned.
The statements may be in response to similar calls for caution from the U.S. toward these nations — the U.S. warned against travel of any kind to Venezuela in April of this year, and it expressed caution to Uruguay as well.
Yet several countries around the world have issued similar travel advisories to the U.S. due to gun violence, even before last weekend’s tragedies.
The Bahamas, a nation with a majority-black population, has stated that travelers should be aware of “recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers,” according to an article from TripSavvy.com.
Germany has made similar warnings to its residents making arrangements to come to America. “In the US, it is relatively easy to obtain possession of weapons. Should you be the victim of an armed robbery, do not try to fight back!” their statement read.
And Canada has expressed concern as well.
“The possession of firearms and the frequency of violent crime are generally more prevalent in the U.S. than in Canada,” that country warned its residents. “Within large metropolitan areas, violent crime more commonly occurs in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, particularly from dusk to dawn, and often involves alcohol and/or drug consumption.”