The rest of the world has been looking at the United States for awhile in dismay at the unwillingness of government leaders to enact common sense gun laws. On Saturday, a white supremacist gunman opened fire in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring more than two dozen others.
Not even 24 hours later, news of another mass shooting came from Dayton, Ohio, where another white male shooter, 24 year-old Connor Betts, killed 10 individuals. It isn’t difficult to discern that mass shootings have become a horrible epidemic and public health hazard in this country. The rest of the world is very aware.
For that reason, Japan released a statement from their Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the weekend, warning their residents to:
‘be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States.’
Even more chillingly, the agency referred to the United States as a “gun society.” The office advised Japan’s citizens to “continue to pay close attention to safety measures.”
According to MSN News:
‘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.’
The foreign ministry of Uruguay recently released a statement warning its citizens to proceed with 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.”
Uruguay also warned its citizens traveling to the U.S:
‘to avoid areas with large concentrations of people like theme parks, shopping centers, art festivals, religious events, food festivals and any kind of culture or sporting gathering.’
The statement also noted “the indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro 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.’
More than 30 people were killed in two mass shootings less than 24 hours apart. However, nothing changes with Congress and the Senate has failed to vote on sensible gun legislation that could save lives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to bring the House’s passed legislation to a vote.
According to Business Insider:
‘Both users and Democrats called for McConnell to take action to curb the epidemic of gun violence in America in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton that left 30 people dead over the weekend. Many pointed to a bill the House passed in February to enact universal background checks for all gun purchases — it was the most significant gun control legislation to pass that chamber since the federal assault weapons ban in 1994.’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also called for Senator McConnell to organize an immediate vote on the gun control legislation already passed by the House. He tweeted:
‘gavel the Senate into emergency session to take immediate action on the bipartisan, house-passed universal background checks legislation.’
Other countries are warning their citizens. The question is when will our own government care about its citizens enough to prevent these shootings from happening? The FBI has finally issued a warning.
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