Three countries warn against travelling to the US following weekend of mass shootings

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Three countries have warned against travel to the US following recent mass shootings in the country (Getty)

Recent mass shootings in the United States have led three countries to warn citizens against travel there.

Japan, Uruguay and Venezuela have all issued travel advice that warns of dangerous cities across the US, as well as the “potential for gunfire”.

The alerts come just days after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead.

Police tape strung across an intersection behind the scene of the shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso (AP)

Citing “recent acts of violence”, the Venezuelan government have highlighted a Forbes article from earlier this year that list the most dangerous cities in the US - including Detroit, Baltimore and Atlanta.

Uruguay’s government warned of “racism and discrimination that cost the lives of more than 250 people in the first seven months of this year”, while claiming hate crimes in the country were on the up.

Japan’s Consul in Detroit Detroit said its citizens “should be aware of potential for gunfire” everywhere in the US, describing the country as a “gun society” following the shootings at the weekend.

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There have been more than 250 mass shootings in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

President Donald Trump blamed social media, video games and mental health for the recent shootings.

Investigators say the gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, had expressed a desire to commit a mass shooting and showed an interest in violent ideology.

Donald Trump blamed the recent shootings on video games, social media and mental health issues (AP)
People visit a makeshift memorial at the site of the mass shooting in El Paso (AP)

Federal investigators will try to determine what ideologies influenced 24-year-old Connor Betts, who might have helped him or knew in advance of his plan, and why he chose the specific target of Dayton's Oregon entertainment district for the shooting.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Betts had "violent ideations that include mass shootings and had expressed a desire to commit a mass shooting”.

Patrick Wood Crusius was arrested shortly after the El Paso shooting and was charged with capital murder.

it was the third-deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

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