San Rafael Mayor Says Flags Will Be Kept at Half Staff Until U.S. Passes Meaningful Gun Control

The mayor of a Marin town says he will keep the flags at City Hall at half staff until the federal government passes meaningful gun reform.

San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips says he’s tired of lowering the flags every time there’s a mass shooting.

“I’ve been asked a number of times to lower the flag in honor, which I have always done,” Phillips said, as reported by CBS San Francisco. “But in this case, I’m not going to put the flags back up until I see some action by Congress. I think it’s way past time for them to get off their dime and do something about this matter.”

San Rafael appears to be the first city to make such a move.

There were 4.43 gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2017, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Three mass shootings — in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton — have claimed the lives of 31 people in the past two weeks alone.