How to Check in with Your Employees and Discuss Mass Shootings in the Workplace

Eight shootings happened recently in various cities throughout the U.S. in the same weekend, with the most devastating one being the mass shooting that happened in a grocery store on May 14 in Buffalo, New York, where a white man with an AR-15-style rifle shot 13 people and killed 10 in an incident targeting Black people. And this week, 19 students and two adults were killed at a K-12 school in Uvalde, Texas in the worst mass school shooting since Sandy Hook. 

So far in 2022, there have been 213 mass shootings in the U.S. And over the past few years, there have been several that have targeted marginalized groups. The Buffalo shooting is the most recent example of that. 

Of the 13 people who were shot, 11 of the victims were Black and two were white. Another recent shooting targeting marginalized groups was the shootings that occurred in March 2021 at three spas in the Atlanta area. Eight Asian women were killed by a white gunman who went on a rampage as a result of anti-Asian bias brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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