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Alabama County Official Refuses to Lower Flags for Orlando Victims

Submitted by on June 18, 2016 – 10:12 amNo Comment

Baldwin County, Alabama will not be joining in national tributes to the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey defied directives from both the governor of his state and the president to lower flags to half mast.

In a post to Facebook, Dorsey said that his “soul aches for the families of the innocents killed,” and his “family prays for them and the world.”

But he says that his interpretation of the US flag code prevents him from lowering the flag for victims of terrorist attacks. Dorsey sites a section of the non-binding US Flag Code that says the flag shall be flown at half mast upon the death of “principal figures of the United States Government”; and that he personally feels lowering the flag represents the US “hanging its head.”

Dorsey ignores another section of the code (178) that gives the president total discretion to change these rules:

“Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable.”

President Barack Obama made such a proclamation regarding the Orlando shooting victims.

The county commissioner also used the moment to express his feelings  on gun control, saying “evil, not guns, is killing innocents, but that is a different essay.”

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