While our nation may still be far from understanding this tragedy -- and Loughner's own trial has yet to come -- Zoellner's deeply moving, illuminating and original work has brought us closer to giving it meaning to our own lives, and our future.
The idea that millions of Americans are protecting themselves against violent crime by strangers is a delusion. Our obsession with weaponry is deeply pathological and the mark of a weak, insecure and fearful mindset.
On November 22, 1963, Mummy told us that a bad man had shot Uncle Jack. His death forced a national bout of self-examination of a rage that, whether sensible or not, seemed to have set the stage for his murder.
In Arizona the assailant is the crazy guy, the loner, the anti-social, the one everyone is quick to disown. The sigh of relief is that he acted alone. In Pakistan, he immediately becomes proof of something systemic.
Gabby is always engaging, but never polarizing, and was the least likely person to be targeted by an angry man. But she was. In the midst of tragedy and violence, I believe every Christian must ask themselves: "How am I responsible?"
Arizona: If you look Mexican, we need to see your papers. If you're smoking pot, we need to throw you in jail. But if you want to take a concealed gun to a political rally, we don't need to see any papers and we won't throw you in jail.