Tucson—untainted by tragedy

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Tucson, Arizona; Blacksburg, Virginia; Littleton, Colorado…what do these cities mean to me? They are all places where my family live, and I like to visit and enjoy the natural beauty. Also, readers will recognize them as three communities where tragic and much-publicized shootings have occurred. I cannot think of these communities as forever tainted even as news reporting Tucson's shootings linked together in infamy Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and Columbine High School in Littleton.

My thoughts were with the people of Tucson when Representative Gabrielle Giffords and those gathered around her at a peaceful political meeting were shot on a Saturday morning.

Despite the images of violence that looped on TV, my impressions of Tucson remain beautiful, and my confidence in the community is strong. I refuse to allow the tragic and senseless events that have taken place to change how I feel.

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