One year has elapsed since a brooding psychopath named Jared Lee Loughner killed six people in Tucson, Arizona and injured 18 others. His intended target, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, suffered major injuries but survived the shooting. Her presence at a memorial this weekend demonstrated that although the healing process is a long and difficult one, she is recovering.
Regrettably, the passage of time has done little to correct persistent fallacies about who was responsible for the massacre, and who was not.
The latest writer to perpetuate the falsehood that various political and cultural forces on the far-right are responsible for the tragedy is Tom Zoellner, author of “A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America,” a new book about the tragedy.