Gabrielle Giffords Not Angry at Tucson Shooter Jared Loughner; Wishes "He Could Have Been Helped"

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Gabrielle Giffords spoke to the media for the first time tonight since getting shot during the January 8 Tucson shooting.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords tonight gave her first interview since being shot "through the brain" during the January 8 Tucson shooting rampage that took the lives of six people, and wounded 13 others.

When asked if she was angry at Jared Loughner, the man who shot her and 18 others, Giffords answers with a concerned "No. No, no."

Diane Sawyer, the ABC News reporter who conducted the interview, says that Giffords has seen the "disturbing photo" of Loughner that was taken by police after he unloaded a 33-round clip into a crowd of people. Giffords, and husband Mark Kelly, both say they "just wish he could have been helped."

"It was obvious that he had serious mental issues," Kelly says in the couple's interview with Sawyer. "If he would have received some treatment, this probably would not have happened."

Giffords goes on to say she's not angry, optimistically telling Sawyer "Life...life."

The congresswoman's speech is off. But it has come a long way since the days and weeks after the shooting. It's clear she knows what she wants to say, but has trouble finding the words.

Her humor, good-nature, and charm seem to remain, however, which leads to the burning question: will Giffords return to Congress?

That question remains unanswered.

Giffords has until March to decide whether she'll run for re-election. For now, she says, she's focused on continuing her recovery.

"Better....better," she says while struggling to find the words to say what her husband then clarifies.

"She wants to get better," Kelly explains as Giffords agrees.

Sawyer then asked "you think to yourself 'I'll go back to Congress if I get better.'"

"Yes, yes, yes...yes, yes, yes," Giffords responds.

See Giffords' interview with Sawyer here.
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Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

What's obvious after the interview is the lying and deceit that has been coming from Giffords staff. I seen to recall one of her staffers reporting she had a 30 minute conversation with Gabby over the phone where she was speaking in clear and complete sentences.

Aside from that, hooray for Gabby and her husband! He is sticking by his commitment of, " in sickness and in health.". He is a real man.

True American
True American

Inspiration is all I can think of when I see Gabrielle Gifford!! Much love to you! You are Amazing!

David Saint
David Saint

pay attention GOP, thats whats called a LEADER! 

Staph
Staph

How is that compared to leadership? I don't get the connection.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

AND a human being. Hers is the kind of character more politicians should aspire to. Especially in Az.

Jason
Jason

It's nice to see Congresswoman Giffords doing a lot better as she continuesto recover from her injuries.

Jared Loughner should consider himself lucky that the congresswoman and Captain Kelly are such nice people. I know I would not be as forgiving.

Keep up the good work, Congresswoman Giffords!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I worked with several patients like Loughner, many of which had committed murder and would bet my last dollar that if they had never developed a mental illness, or had received treatment in time, over 90% would have never committed a crime. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Then you know it is near impossible to "treat" someone without their consent, Prior to the shooting Loughner had done nothing to warrant losing his Right to refuse treatment.

Jason
Jason

You're right.

That's why I've been so vocal about GED Jan and the knuckleheads at the Capitol to fully restore funding for those who are mentally ill so that they can receive the treatment they so desperately need.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

"If he would have received some treatment, this probably would not have happened."

How very true. Too bad we don't live in a state where this kind of treatment is actually available, instead of just "Talked about." You can bet Brain-Dead Barbie didn't have trouble getting her sexual predator son treatment AT THE TAXPAYERS EXPENSE.

Onedown
Onedown

Your absolutly right.

Out to Lunch
Out to Lunch

And a book by an Arizona politico that is actually worth reading.

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