Shooting Puts Tucson Officially On the Map, Right Beside Waco and Columbine

Tucson is officially on the map. Not for anything gorgeous like our weather or saguaro. Nor for anything unique or even inane, like our javelina or multi-million-dollar trolley.

We’ve instead joined the ranks of notorious places plagued by senseless violence.

The sunny Saturday Safeway shooting that left six dead and several wounded—with U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot through the brain—made sure of that.

We’re right up there with Columbine and Waco.

To be fair, Tucson did have a running start as a hotbed of hatred due to last summer’s SB 1070 brouhaha. Angry protests and flag burning set the stage for something to snap.

We just didn’t yet know his name.

Suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner is now surrounded by a slate of speculation on what makes him tick. The only thing we know for sure is that anyone who opens at a Safeway has to have a clock that is more than a bit off.

In addition to shattering dozens of lives, the shooting shattered many myths to which we might have been clinging for a sense of security and sanity.