Amnesty warns on U.S. travel over mass shootings

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Amnesty warns on U.S. travel over mass shootings

Amnesty International has issued a travel warning to travellers considering a trip to the US following two mass shootings. In a statement Wednesday, Amnesty warned travelers, "Be extra vigilant at all times and be wary of the ubiquity of firearms among the population".

"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".

There should also be increased caution while visiting local bars, nightclubs and casinos.

Venezuela and Uruguay also issued travel warnings for the USA earlier this week over the deadly gun assaults.

The travel advisory issued on Wednesday "calls on people worldwide to exercise caution and have an emergency contingency plan when traveling throughout the U.S.".

"The travel advisory addressed growing gun violence, mostly hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, highlighting that the traveler's race, country of origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation or gender identity may place them at higher risk after recent attacks linked to white supremacist ideology", Amnesty International's statement further said. Another one followed in Dayton, Ohio killing nine people with 27 injured. The police killed the shooter at the scene.

Investigators believe the El Paso shooting was a racially motivated crime, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the Dayton gunman had explored violent ideologies.

President Donald Trump's administration "has not taken sufficient steps" to meet this obligation, it added. But he has rejected calls for bans on assault rifles.

Both Uruguay and Venezuela have had travel warnings placed on them by the United States government, with Uruguay's travel advisory increasing to a level two for violent crimes and armed robbery.

The United States has become so unsafe for tourists that other countries are now issuing warnings to their citizens who are planning to travel to the states.

He added: "Once again, it is chillingly clear that the U.S. government is unwilling to ensure protection against gun violence". "We advise Bahamians travelling anywhere in the world to remain vigilant, alert and always aware of their circumstance as potential terrorism, both domestic and worldwide, has become nearly the new normal".

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