Canada has updated its Travel Advisory listings for the United States of America (USA).
America’s neighbour is worried about gun violence and random mass shootings that are a serious threat to urban safety.
Canadian government notes that “it’s legal in many states for US citizens to openly carry firearms in public.” It further adds:
“Incidences of mass shootings occur, resulting most often in casualties. Although tourists are rarely involved, there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
It advises that visitors should remain vigilant, and familiarize themselves on how to remain safe in these situations while travelling or staying in the USA.
Most governments worldwide maintain a ‘Travel Advisory’ in order to track the developments and safety of travellers in foreign countries.
However earlier, either the USA has been considered pretty safe in terms of tourism or the foreign governments did not attempt to challenge this narrative.
Since 2020, there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the USA and more than 200 mass shootings, including both in the open and inside the home, in this year alone till now.
According to 2019 comparison data, gun-related deaths were 12.09 per 100,000 people in the USA and 0.90 per 100,000 people in Australia.
To respond to the gun violence problem in Australia, between October 1996 and September 1997, the government collected 650,000 privately held guns under a mandatory buyback.