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I thought that flying our coutries flag at half mast was for dignataries

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by rdb241, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I feel very sad for what happened back east yesterday. But why is the nation's capital flying the flag at half mast for the deaths of the kids and adults? None of them were elected officials. None of them were in the military. Yes it is sad but not worthy of a national recognition. So why?
     
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  2. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I fully disagree -the mass murder of our young should put the country into morning and asking the question why. I support the flying of our flags at half mast.

    James Ruby
     
  3. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Then I guess we should fly the flag at half mast 24/7...365. Unfortunately, kids are killed everyday. As well as adults. That is very sad but true. The origin of flying the flag at half mast was for elected officials and military personel. Don't get me wrong. I think it is very tradgic what happened.
     
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  4. NCW Ray

    NCW Ray Sunny Eastern Washington Active Member

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    I believe the President of the United States can order them flown at half-staff.
     
  5. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    It's the right thing to do
     
  6. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    It is appropriate to fly the flag at half mast druing a period of national mourning. This is America and dignitaries are no more important than anyone else regarding official recognition.
     
  7. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    You haven't been paying attention:

    from Wikipedia:

    "Upon presidential proclamation, which has recently included: the interment of Frank Buckles, the death of Senator Ted Kennedy; the remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, the death of Pope John Paul II, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the deaths of Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks, Virginia Tech massacre, Fort Hood massacre, the death of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stephens, the 2012 shooting in Aurora Colorado, and Friday's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting."
     
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  8. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    Not worthy of national recognition!!!? You are one sick puppy
     
  9. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    True, kids die every day, but they are not mass-murdered every day. Flags are flown at half-mast to mark days of national mourning. I believe our entire nation is mourning 28 innocent lives right now :( Sorry you don't agree.
     
  10. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    The President can order national flags (flown on national buildings) to half mast. The Governor can order state flags to half mast.

    If you put your own flagpole up, you can fly your own flag any damn way you want, including upside down or on fire. But the way flags bought with our taxes are flown is up to the executive in charge of that entity. (Which, of course, makes ordering half mast a political decision, but that's exactly the way I would want it. I'd wonder about a President who felt bound by some rule when children get lit up at school.)

    When the President orders national flags to half mast, most folks with their own flagpoles follow suit. But not always.
     
  11. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Ah the internet generation
    Try reading the U.S. Flag code (i.e. the source) for an actural understanding of what is said.

    "I believe our entire nation is mourning 28 innocent lives right now."
    I am not in mourning. I did grive for the children and thier families. I paid homeage and respect to them but I am not in mouring.
    If you had respect for the families you would not claim to be in mouring becuse you have no connection to them. By making such a claim you cheapen their pain.

    Were in mouring when the 2 boys were murdered and burned in Seattle. Where does the number start for you and the nation to be in mouring?
    Is it 10, 20, 25. How dare you claim only when a certain number of children die at the hands of a murderous bastard that the nation should mourn.
    I pay you never know the pain of such an event. I fear you would not survive it.
     
  12. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    This falsehood brought to you by Jammer Six
     
  13. BEN LILLY

    BEN LILLY Lincoln City, OR NRA LIFE MEMBER Bronze Supporter

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    I fought under that Flag. I want it flown at half staff to honor the teachers who died protecting their students. They fought under that Flag too as far as I'm concerned..
    MSgt Don
     
  14. Chalupacabra

    Chalupacabra Portland Active Member

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    If Portland lowers the flag for gang bangers, I would be upset if it wasn't lowered for some kids who did nothing wrong.
     
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    Adam12 Oregon Active Member

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  16. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Second, I think it is a shame if that is true about Portland Gang Bangers
     
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    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Forth up...Thank you VERY much for your service. You have my upmost respect. Yes I agree the teachers gave there lives in a selfless act to save children. I am not taking that away from them at all.
     
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    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    #5....I thought that flying the flag upside down was a signal of distress? You are letting everybody know you are in trouble and are in need of help.
     
  20. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Samuelm16, I am not sick at all. Something must offend you by my asking the question. You do not know me or my morals. So do not accuse me of having some sort of mental disorder.