It’s either a jab at American warnings of security abroad or the mainstream media has been successful in their portrayal of the United States as being armed to the teeth with lone wolf type shooters around every corner. On Wednesday, Amnesty International issued a travel warning to visitors. If you go to the USA, you just might get shot.
“Travelers to the United States should remain cautious that the country does not adequately protect people’s right to be safe, regardless of who they might be. People in the United States cannot reasonably expect to be free from harm – a guarantee of not being shot is impossible,” said Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA. “Once again, it is chillingly clear that the U.S. government is unwilling to ensure protection against gun violence.”
AMERICANS know that we are far more likely to be harmed by medical mistakes and in car accidents than being shot, but those incidents do not make splashy headlines. To top it off, the vast majority of gun violence and killing in the United States happens where the laws are the most restrictive and in places that are actually gun-free zones. That hasn’t stopped the mass shootings at all.
But that doesn’t seem to matter to international organizations hell-bent on trying to tell the United States what to do within our own borders.
The travel advisory addressed growing gun violence, mostly hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, highlighting that the traveler’s race, country of origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation or gender identity may place them at higher risk after recent attacks linked to white supremacist ideology.
The action called attention to the extent to which all aspects of life in the United States have been compromised in some way by unfettered access to guns, without comprehensive and uniform regulation of their acquisition and use. By prioritizing gun ownership over basic human rights, the U.S. government is willfully and systematically failing on multiple levels and ignoring its international obligations to protect people’s rights and safety.
International obligations? They’re kidding, right?
The truth is that an unarmed populace is easy to control because the people can’t shoot back at a tyrannical government. We the People of the United States know this. It’s the rest of the world that needs to figure this out.