Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber today ordered all flags at public institutions statewide to be lowered immediately and flown at half-staff until sunset today in remembrance of individuals who died in Clackamas Town Center shooting Tuesday. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their friends during this very difficult time,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “I would also like to thank the first responders and the many citizens who helped protect those at risk”/Kitzhaber news release. (Oregon governor's page photo of Gov. John Kitzhaber)
Question: I mean no disrespect to the victims of this senseless shooting spree. But is it proper to lower a state's flag to pay respect to civilians killed in this matter?