You know, for all I didn't like living there so much, I am saddened to see Tucson in the national spotlight for such unsavory reasons. And that was even before the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords. Tucson can't do anything right these days, it seems. There was the controversial immigration law from a few months ago. More recently, a Latino literature class at Tucson High School was declared illegal.
There are also the little things, like how the speed-trap cameras in Tucson don't recognize license plates from Mexico (and there are a lot of those driving around) and are thus unable to issue tickets to those drivers.
Or how other cities in colder climates bus in their homeless people to Tucson when the winter comes, which was just so fun for those of us who lived there (I swear this is true).
Or the way the city is so divided between white and Hispanic. Don't believe me? Check out this map of census data (source). All you need to know is that green is white and yellow is Hispanic.
Then, of course, there are the bitter, lingering conflicts in Tucson over health care for illegal immigrants as well as immigrants who are rescued/apprehended after almost dying in the desert during an unlawful attempt for the border. University Medical Center, specifically - the same hospital that is trying to save Giffords' life - bears the brunt of those controversial costs.
Anyway, my point is that there are a lot of things going on in Tucson and the attempted assassination of one of its politicians is especially tragic. So sad.
Much-maligned former home, I weep for you.