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State flags lowered for California shooting victims

November 8, 2018

President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation ordering that flags throughout the nation be flown at half-staff in honor of the dozen people murdered Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that in concurrence, state flags will also be lowered until Saturday, in memory of the victims. Municipal and corporate flags should also be lowered, Malloy noted.

“Once again, Americans woke up this morning to news of a tragic senseless shooting,” Malloy said. “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.”

Malloy, who helped put through some of the nation’s most-ambitious gun-safety laws after the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, called for national action to curtail firearms violence.

“Congressional Republicans’ inaction and subservience to the NRA have exacerbated the problem of gun violence,” Malloy said in an early afternoon statement. “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.”

Connecticut’s 2013 gun laws banned the sale or importation of military-style rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. It requires mandatory background checks and requires gun permits even for those buying ammunition.

“My heart mourns for all of the victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “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.”

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