On Tuesday, Beebe announced that Arkansas flags on the State Capitol Building and on all state buildings will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Sunday, September 16, 2012, as a mark of respect for those who died during the attack in Benghazi.
U.S. Senator John Boozman released a statement regarding the attacks on U.S. embassies, calling for a response by America:
"I strongly condemn the senseless and heinous attack on our diplomatic corps in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families in this time of mourning. There is absolutely no excuse for these unprovoked attacks.
"Ambassador Stevens represented our country admirably and was a steady hand guiding Libyans toward freedom during the chaotic revolution. His goal, and that of his team, was to see a free and peaceful Libya arise from the ashes of the revolution. Senior government officials in Libya have rightfully condemned these attacks, but now they must work to hold accountable those who committed these vicious attacks. The murders of innocent Americans abroad will not be tolerated.
"In every corner of the world, Americans serving in our military and our diplomatic corps put their lives on the line while representing our nation. The attacks in Libya and Egypt are horrific reminders that they are at risk in a dangerous world and we must provide the resources and tools they need to ensure their safety.
"The Libyan and Egyptian governments must do more than merely condemn these outrageous attacks. They must help end this violence immediately."
Congressman Steve Womack also commented on the attack on his Facebook page Wednesday, saying, "I join my colleagues and all Americans in condemning the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya-and extend my deepest sympathies to the families of those whose lives were lost. It is another painful reminder-particularly on the 11th anniversary of 9/11-of the dangerous times in which we live and the ever-present threat to our freedoms."
Mark Pryor also took to social media to weigh in, posting on his Facebook page, "I'm deeply saddened to hear of the senseless attacks in Libya that resulted in the loss of four American lives, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. These attacks are an unfortunate reminder that every day American diplomats and troops put their lives on the line to protect our country. I join all Americans in honoring them and their families for their sacrifice and service."