US flags at half mast over temple attack

2012-08-06 22:51

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Monday ordered the flag on the White House and others on government buildings to half mast, to honour six people gunned down in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

The proclamation, which will remain in effect until 10 August at sunset, will also see US flags lowered at US embassies, consular offices and other facilities abroad as well as on military facilities and naval vessels.

Earlier on Monday, Obama said Americans needed to do more "soul searching" to find ways to reduce violence in the wake of the temple shooting.

"All of us recognise that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity," Obama said at a White House bill-signing ceremony when asked whether further gun control measures were needed.

He said elected officials and community leaders must come together to discuss what should be done.

Obama said federal authorities had not yet determined what motivated the gunman but that if it turned out to be the "ethnicity of those who were attending the temple, I think the American people immediately recoil against those kinds of attitudes".

  • lala.kunene - 2012-08-07 02:02

    Good work Mr Obama

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-07 05:09

    Good response from the US government and security forces, as one would expect.

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-08-07 05:20

    They allow their news agencies to generalize communities and brainwash their citizen and then decide to fly their flag half mast will sort the problem.

  • thinkabit.thinkabit - 2012-08-07 05:38


  • malcolm.dale - 2012-08-07 08:11

    Whilst I deplore the dastardly deeds of the shooter and send sympathies to the families of those involved, could someone please explain why the flags were not ordered to fly at half mast by Obama when that fellow shot up the movie goers and why no flags at half mast when the school kids got shot up? What sort of message is he sending out during his re-election campaign - that it's OK to shoot up kids and other people in public places but don't touch on religious ethnicity?

      crystal.l.jones.733 - 2012-08-09 21:18

      They were flown at half mast after the shooting of the movie goers. You're just incredibly stupid.

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