The American flag flies at half staff over the U.S. Capitol in memory of those killed in the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio August 5, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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San Rafael Mayor Orders Flags Lowered Till Congress Acts On Gun Violence

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
August 09, 2019 - 10:01 am

San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips ordered all American flags on city property to fly at half staff until Congress takes action to curb gun violence.

The move on Thursday came days after a spate of mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy, among other places while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declined to reconvene senators and take up measures for expanded background checks and "red flag" laws. 

"I am not at all satisfied with Congress sitting on their hands, not addressing this issue," Phillips said in an interview with KCBS Radio. "I'm not willing to accept any longer nothing being done by them. When I see some action by Congress, then the flags will go back up to full staff. But not until then."

Phillips didn't say exactly what measures he'd like Congress to pass, saying, "that's their job to figure out." 

He took this form of protest, he said, because he was tired of lowering the flags in moments of mourning without seeing any policy changes. 

"I always feel like asking myself: 'Is that all I'm going to do is lower the flag to half staff and three, four, five days later it goes backup to full staff? Life goes on and everything's good?"