Uruguay and Venezuela are one of the first countries to issue the travel warnings to their citizens that traveling to America could put them at risk.
In a statement, Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry warned travellers about “growing indiscriminate violence” in the U.S. and advised citizens to avoid places like theme parks, shopping canters, sporting events and other places where large crowds tend to gather.
The statement also warned 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, the “indiscriminate possession” of guns makes it impossible for U.S. authorities to prevent mass shootings. The statement concluded.
Venezuela’s foreign minister followed suit issuing a similar statement urging citizens to postpone their travel to the states “given the proliferation of acts of violence and crimes of indiscriminate hatred” against people of colour - acts that have been “pronounced and executed from the supremacist elite who hold political power in Washington.”
The Japanese Consul in Detroit on Sunday sent an alert saying Japanese nationals “should be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States,” which it characterized as a “gun society.”
The travel advisories follow two deadly massacres that occurred less than 24 hours apart. On Saturday, gunman Patrick Crusius, opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, leaving 23 people dead having make a 10-hour drive from Allen, Texas, to commit the bloody massacre, he told investigators he wanted to “kill as many Mexicans as possible” in the quiet city close to the U.S.- Mexico border.
Around 1 a.m. Sunday, a similar attack happened at a nightclub in Dayton, Ohio. Connor Betts, armed with a 223-caliber high-capacity rifle, fired 41 shots in just 30 seconds, killing 9 and injuring several others, including his own sister. Betts was shot and killed by police in less than a minute after his attack began outside the club.
The FBI has since issued a new warning that the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend could spur copycat attacks by domestic extremists.
“The FBI remains concerned that U.S.-based domestic violent extremists could become inspired by these and previous high-profile attacks to engage in similar acts of violence,” the bureau said in a statement. “The FBI asks the American public to report to law enforcement any suspicious activity that is observed either in person or online.”