Whitmer orders flags lowered for mass shooting victims

Michigan
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to honor the victims of the weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Whitmer said Sunday the flags should be displayed at half-staff on all state buildings, grounds and facilities until sunset on Thursday. She also encourages local governments, businesses, residents and others to do the same.

In all, 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours.

Whitmer called gun violence “a public health crisis” requiring “action to make sure firearms don’t end up in the hands of someone who wants to hurt themselves or others.”

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