Gabrielle Giffords Not Angry at Tucson Shooter Jared Loughner; Wishes "He Could Have Been Helped"
|Gabrielle Giffords spoke to the media for the first time tonight since getting shot during the January 8 Tucson shooting.|
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.