Finally! Several governors had already moved on flying their state flags at half-staff: FL GOV RICK SCOTT ORDERS FLAGS TO BE AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF CHATTANOOGA VICTIMS
JOHN BOENER: “The flags @USCapitol stand at half-staff today in honor of the brace service members we lost in #Chattanooga,” the Ohio Republican posted to Twitter, along with a photo of the U.S. Capitol.
House Speaker John Boehner ordered that flags at the U.S. Capitol be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor the victims of last week’s tragic shooting spree in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Congressional leaders as well as the White House have faced growing criticism for not flying flags at the two buildings to acknowledge the four Marines and one Navy sailor who died last week after a Kuwaiti-born gunman attacked two military sites in Tennessee.
In the White House’s case, leaders there did not issue a proclamation to fly its flags at half-staff following the shooting, despite having done so after several other attacks during President Obama’s tenure in office, including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Some flag-watchers earlier speculated that the decisions not to fly flags differently were because the victims of the attack were all members of the U.S. armed forces, so may have been considered to have been killed in the line of duty.