Mayor Andy Schor has ordered all flags be displayed at half-staff throughout City of Lansing buildings, grounds and facilities to honor the victims of the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the same throughout the state of Michigan’s facilities, and the City of Lansing is following suit.
“This is a tragedy for the people of El Paso and Dayton, and the City of Lansing stands with the people of both communities in support. I know the Mayor of Dayton well and have already spoken with her,” said Mayor Schor. “We offer our thoughts and prayers, but we also will be part of any solutions that can reduce gun violence. Governor Whitmer is correct in saying that gun violence is a public health crisis. We have seen this in Lansing, throughout our state and throughout our country. We need solutions now. We stand ready to work on these solutions.”
On Saturday, a gunman opened fire in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people and sending more than two dozen others to the hospital. That same day, another gunman opened fire in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, killing at least nine and injuring at least 27 people. The City of Lansing remembers the victims and stands in solidarity with residents of the Texas and Ohio by lowering flags to half-staff.