12 AUG 2019: The United States often calls out the world's most dangerous places, warning its people about the risks of travelling to countries that are at war, under terrorist threats, experiencing civil unrest or displaying significant anti-American sentiment. The latest mass shootings have triggered a third country as well as Amnesty International to caution about gun violence in the US.

Last week Venezuela and Uruguay warned their citizens of dangers of travel to the US following the deaths of 31 people over the previous weekend in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

On Sunday, Japan's consulate in Detroit issued a general warning to its citizens in the United States, noting the potential for gun violence given the prevalence of weapons, calling the US a “gun society.”

Japanese citizens are advised to pay attention to the potential for gunfire “everywhere” in the US Guns are highly restricted in Japan, a country with one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world.

When Donald Trump was asked for a reaction to the news of countries issuing travel warnings to the US, he replied, “Well, I can’t imagine that. But if they did that, we’d just reciprocate. We are a very reciprocal nation, with me as the head. When somebody does something negative to us in terms of a country, we do it to them.”

Amnesty International, a human rights organization, issued its own travel warning, calling growing gun violence in the United States a human rights crisis, which could put travellers in the cross hairs for their race, country of origin or sexual orientation.

“People in the United States cannot reasonably expect to be free from harm,” said Ernest Coverson of Amnesty International USA. “A guarantee of not being shot is impossible.”

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