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Reynolds reacts to Las Vegas attacks

Oct 03, 2017

Gazette Des Moines Bureau


DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday ordered all flags in Iowa be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday to honor the murdered and injured in Sunday night’s tragedy in Las Vegas.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex in Des Moines, as well as all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect, according to the governor’s office.

At her weekly news conference, Reynolds called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history a senseless, horrific and unconscionable act.

The Iowa governor said it was too early to decide whether any policies regarding open venues where large crowds gather in Iowa or other relevant issues should be revisited in light of the tragedy.

“Right now I think we just need to keep the families and the victims in our thoughts and prayers and really focus on the people. They’re going to be evaluating the horrific incident that just took place and there will be time to really take a look at what happened and what’s behind it,” Reynolds said.

The governor said she receives regular confidential briefings from the state Department of Public Safety, the Iowa National Guard and emergency management regarding possible threats, and work on training, communications and other aspects of law enforcement are ongoing in this regard.

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