Flags in MN to fly at half staff Tuesday in honor of Oregon shooting victims


Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags in Minnesota to be lowered to half staff Tuesday in remembrance of those who were shot and killed at a community college in Oregon last week.

A gunman killed nine people and wounded nine others at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon Oct. 1, before he killed himself.

Dayton's order applies to flags at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota Tuesday, when they will be lowered to half staff from sunrise until sunset.

The state proclamation goes along with President Obama's order for flags to fly at half staff to honor the shooting victims. His order went into effect last Friday and expires at sunset Tuesday, according to The Hill.

Gov. Dayton said last week that he doesn't believe Minnesota's gun laws will be changed in the wake of this latest mass shooting, but he called on President Obama to provide more leadership in settling the country’s gun violence debate.

The White House announced Monday that Obama will visit Roseburg on Friday to meet privately with the families of the shooting victims, according to the New York Times. He was already scheduled for a four-day trip to the West Coast to visit California and Seattle, the Times notes.

Shortly after the shooting on Thursday, a frustrated Obama asked “the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws,” and asked “lawmakers at all levels” to bring about new legislation that might prevent gun violence in the future.

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