After gunmen opened fire in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend two countries have issued warnings aimed at educating potential travelers to the United States about the risks involved with traveling into the country. Officials in Venezuela and Uruguay have issued a travel warning to tell all passengers going to the United States that there is a risk of being shot. Other countries are issuing safety alerts to their citizens who plan on traveling into and around the United States. The warnings come during a time of major fear surrounding gun violence in America.
Shootings In Texas and Ohio Prompt International Fear
Because the shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 people was revealed to be racially motivated and resulted in the murder of at least seven citizens of Mexico, officials in Mexico are threatening to take legal action against the United States as a way of seeking justice. The country south of the United States border may request to extradite the suspect given the nature of the attack. “We consider this an act of terrorism against the Mexican-American community and Mexican nationals in the United States,” said Marcelo Ebrard, the Foreign Minister of Mexico in a press conference on Sunday, immediately following the attack. “Mexico is outraged. But we aren’t proposing to meet hate with hate. We will act with reason and according to the law and with firmness,” he continued.
Other countries have responded to the attack by warning their citizens who plan to travel in and around the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, the Japanese consulate issued a warning to Japanese travelers that the United States is a “gun society.” The warning also directed Japanese visitors to execute caution when traveling in and around the country. Venezuela and Uruguay, on the other hand, have issued greater warnings to potential travelers. “…take precaution amid the growing indiscriminatory violence, specifically hate crimes including racism and discrimination,” read a warning released from the Uruguay office of Foreign Ministry.
One presiding theme to the warnings is that other countries consider gun violence in America to be a major threat to the safety of their citizens. Despite major political unrest in Venezuela, and an escalating relationship between Venezuela and the United States, the South American country still considers the United States’ gun problems to be a major safety concern. “take extreme precautions or postpone their travels in the face of the proliferation of acts of violence and hate crimes,” reads the warning. Many latin countries fear the safety of their people over increased instances of violent extremism fueled by racism and xenophobia in the United States.
As the communities in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas mourn the tragedy surrounding the weekend’s terrorist attacks, many fear where the next mass shooting will occur. A backfire from a motorcycle in Times Square on Tuesday night enacted widespread terror after being mistaken for gunshots in the bustling tourist attraction. Thousands of people fled the area after mistaking the backfire of a motorcycle with gun shots, proving that the terror surrounding gun violence has reached an all time high in America.