Foreign countries issue travel warnings to U.S. in wake of mass shootings

Several countries are now warning their citizens about traveling to the U.S. due to the danger of mass shootings and gun violence.

Americans who spoke to FOX 11's Bill Melugin say they're embarrassed by this. Typically, when one hears about travel advisories, places where terrorism is a risk come to mind.

This week's warnings come after two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton left 31 people dead. One gunman used an AK-47 to massacre shoppers at a Walmart, the other using an assault rifle-type weapon to kill innocent victims enjoying a night out. One of the people killed in the El Paso shooting was a German citizen.

In response, the Venezuelan government posted a statement urging its citizens to postpone trips to the U.S. and criticizing gun laws. Uruguay posted a similar advisory urging citizens to avoid places with large groups of people when visiting the U.S because of "indiscriminate violence and hate crimes and discrimination."

Even the Japanese consulate in Detroit posted a warning saying Japanese citizens should be aware of the potential for gunfire everywhere in the U.S.

"I don't blame them. It's not safe. I'm going back to Texas and I'm getting my gun license so I can protect myself from these crazy people," said Rochelle Burkhead.

"I think the fact that the conversation is even happening is an appalling thing, as an American or not, the issue that that's what we're dealing with, I think it's a shame," said Andrew Rincon.

"I guess for us it’s crazy that you guys have so many guns here so easily accessible, we don’t have that culture in our country, getting a gun is very hard, but again it’s a constitutional right and I think a lot of places around the world don’t understand in the US that’s how it is," said Steve Kent who was visiting from Australia.

But as American mass shootings continue to grab the world's attention, some citizens say those who come here should remain on alert.

"Would you if you had a country that was killing people like that? I wouldn’t wanna go to that country, something needs to be done and I don’t think the answer is gonna happen anytime soon," Burkhead said.

Other countries have issued travel advisories about gun violence in the U.S. in the past including France, New Zealand, and Germany.