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Japan warns citizens about traveling to U.S. ‘gun society’ after mass shootings

Foreign countries are issuing warnings to their citizens about traveling to the United States after violence left 31 people dead in two mass shootings this weekend.

The El Paso and Dayton killings have contributed to 2019 being an especially deadly year for mass killings in the U.S.

The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit has warned Japanese residents who may be traveling to the United States in the wake of multiple mass shootings that took place in the country over the weekend.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan over the weekend, the diplomatic mission warned Japanese residents to “be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States,” which it described as a “gun society.”

The office also advised residents to “continue to pay close attention to safety measures.”

The office’s warning follows similar alerts released by other foreign nations after the two deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which occurred less than a day apart this past weekend.

In a recent statement released by the foreign ministry of Uruguay, the government warned its citizens to practice caution “against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes … which cost more than 250 people their lives in the first seven months of the year.”

It also warned citizens traveling to the country “to avoid areas with large concentrations of people like theme parks, shopping centers, art festivals, religious events, food festivals and any kind of cultural or sporting gathering,” noting the “indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population.”

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro also warned citizens “living in or aiming to travel to the U.S., to be extra careful or to postpone their travel, given the recent proliferation of violent acts and hate crimes.”

The warnings arrive after more than 30 people were killed in the two mass shootings.

The El Paso and Dayton killings have contributed to 2019 being an especially deadly year for mass killings in the U.S.

A database by The Associated Press, USA TODAY and Northeastern University shows there have been 23 mass killings so far this year, claiming the lives of 131 people. By comparison, 140 people died in mass killings in all of 2018. The database tracks every mass killing in the country dating back to 2006.

There have been more than 250 mass shootings in which four or more people were killed or wounded in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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