Town Hall flag flying at half-staff
The flag at the New Shoreham Town Hall is flying at half-staff today in honor of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas.
According to reports, at least 58 people were killed, and hundreds injured, when a gunman opened fire from an upper floor of a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday evening.
Interim Town Manager Shirlyne Gobern said that she lowered the flag at around 1 p.m. today per an order from Rhode island Gov. Gina Raimondo. The Governor’s office sent out a press release today requesting that “all state facilities and buildings” fly the flag at half-staff until sunset on Oct. 6, 2017. Gobern said the flag will fly at half-staff out of respect for the victims.
Gov. Raimondo said, "This morning, millions of Americans woke up to news of horror and devastation from Las Vegas. Rhode Islanders stand with the people of Nevada, and send our condolences to the family and friends of those lost. In the wake of this senseless tragedy, there have been glimmers of hope in the stories of the brave first responders and fellow concertgoers who risked their lives to help others. While our nation mourns, let us also honor those courageous and selfless acts."
U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin said, “The developing news out of Las Vegas is utterly shocking and horrifying. My heart aches for the victims of last night’s shooting, concertgoers who were enjoying a night of music before a shooter took their lives in a senseless act of violence. I am also immensely grateful for the first responders and medical professionals working to tend the hundreds of wounded.
“Now, more than ever, we must unite to combat the growing epidemic of violence in this country,” added Langevin. “As Las Vegas law enforcement continues their investigation, I pray for the victims and their families and that we as a society can join together to prevent future such attacks.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said, “The horror on the streets of Las Vegas is unimaginable. My heart goes out to the victims of this senseless violence, to their loved ones, and to all those affected. Thank you to the first responders for their brave work. While we have much to learn about this terrible incident, we know mass shootings are all too familiar in America. And we know we can protect our communities better. How many lives must be lost before we act?”
U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement today in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas:
“All of our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Law enforcement is still investigating what happened and we’re waiting for more details. But I think once again this tragic mass-shooting underscores the need to enact more responsible laws with respect to access to automatic weapons. Too many families have suffered tragic losses as a result of gun deaths and injuries. Gun violence is a public health burden that demands a national assessment of potential causes and preventative actions by the federal government to address this issue in a fact-driven, comprehensive way.
“I supported the assault weapons ban that unfortunately lapsed during the Bush Administration, and since have supported attempts to revive it. These are military weapons – some of which I used when I was a paratrooper. They shouldn’t be as easy to access as they can be today.
“We need more thorough background checks, and to close loopholes that help bad actors circumvent laws on the books. We can craft commonsense, responsible gun laws without compromising our Constitutional rights.
“There is still much we do not know about last night’s attack, but it has again undermined our shared sense of security and irreparably harmed hundreds of American families. Congress cannot continue to refuse to take action on rational and responsible gun control legislation.”