Amnesty International issues travel advisory for US after mass shootings

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Amnesty International has issued a travel warning calling for possible travelers and visitors to the United States to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country. Earlier this week the countries of Venezuela and Uruguay both issued statements suggesting their citizens reconsider their plans to travel to the country due to "indiscriminate possession of firearms", by the USA population.

"Given the impossibility of the authorities to prevent these situations, due among other factors, to the indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population...avoid places where large concentrations of people occur, such as theme parks, shopping centers, arts festivals, religious activities, food fairs, and cultural or sporting events... it is recommended not to take minors to these places".

Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs and casinos.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro also warned citizens living in or aiming to travel to the US, to be extra careful or to postpone their travel, given the recent proliferation of violent acts and hate crimes.

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Just 13 hours later, in Dayton, Ohio, a gunman sprayed a local bar with bullets, killing nine people.

According to Ernest Coverson, Campaign Manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA, the caution is to also replicate the United States Department of State's travel advice for us travelers to other nations. Dozens were wounded in both attacks. "The government has not taken sufficient steps to meet this obligation", AI said.

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

The recent shooting in El Paso and Dayton marked the 30th and 31st shootings since those incidents. But he has rejected calls for bans on assault rifles.

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Critics argue the US' unwillingness to address its gun violence epidemic is particularly indefensible in light of numerous other countries that enacted effective countermeasures after suffering similar tragedies.

"Once again, it is chillingly clear that the US government is unwilling to ensure protection against gun violence".

Many countries have also advised their citizens to be careful about travelling to the US. We will update this post if and when more are issued.

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