In many ways, the onus to protect workers has shifted from the government to employers after calls for gun control measures that have stopped mass shootings from occurring so frequently in other countries have been met with legislative silence over and over again in the United States. Despite wide public support for measures such as universal background checks and assault-style weapon bans, such efforts have failed in a barrage of intense lobbying from the gun industry.
And so the prevention conversation that started with lawmakers years and years ago has filtered down to become the responsibility of employers and individuals, most recently prompting the demand for an examination of FedEx’s security plans.
The trouble with that approach is businesses have to figure out how to stop a well-armed gunman when he’s already at the office intent on killing. In Indianapolis, the shooter started spraying bullets as soon as he stepped out of his car.
It’s unclear what measures, if any, FedEx will take. In the aftermath of the tragedy, calls for more security were met with no answers from the company, which declined to share details about potential security failures or plans to re-evaluate security.