Gov. Malloy: Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Mass Shooting in Thousand Oaks, California
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that – in accordance with a presidential proclamation directing flags be lowered to half-staff throughout the country in honor of the victims of the mass shooting late last night in Thousand Oaks, California – U.S. and state flags in Connecticut will fly at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Saturday, November 10.
Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.
Governor Malloy said, “Once again, Americans woke up this morning to news of a tragic senseless shooting. Once again, young people have been taken from their loved ones. And once again, a ‘good guy with a gun’ tried valiantly to stop the shooter, only to lose his own life. Today we mourn the victims of this unexplainable tragedy – at the same time we renew our calls for legislative actions that could stop mass murders like this from happening in the future. Congressional Republicans’ inaction and subservience to the NRA have exacerbated the problem of gun violence. I urge the Trump administration and Senate Republicans to work with the new Democratic House majority and enact commonsense gun safety reforms next year. As we have proved in Connecticut, gun laws literally save lives.”
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “My heart mourns for all of the victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. This will be the fifth time I have expressed my heartfelt condolences to victims and their families of mass shootings this year. The list of victims of gun violence has grown exponentially during my time in public service, and the inaction of elected officials at the national level is deafening. We must come together and call on our newly elected leaders to act – pass significant gun violence prevention laws, as well as comprehensive mental health laws, immediately.”