Mark Kelly: Giffords’ commitment is unshakable
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will make it back to Congress “stronger and more committed than ever,” her husband, Mark Kelly said Tuesday.
“I can almost guarantee you what her first event will be, and I hate saying this … I’d be shocked if the first thing she does is not ‘Congress on Your Corner’ at that Safeway,” Kelly said.
Giffords does not know, said Kelly, that six people were killed during her attempted assassination, including her friend and staffer Gabe Zimmerman.
“I’ve told her where she is and she certainly recognizes she’s had a serious injury. There is always the chance she might remember what happened, but she hasn’t been told it happened,” Kelly said. He said her neurosurgeon says she probably does not remember.
Kelly said the decision to continue or not continue in Congress will be made by Giffords, just as his decision about the space shuttle flight will be his.
Kelly lauded the support he gets in Tucson, singling out the doctors and surgeons, the police keeping guard and the memorials that have spontaneously popped up.
He visited the one in front of University Medical Center and brought a teddy bear back to the room.
Asked what anyone could do to help, he suggested they, too, listen to Gabby’s voice: “She has always been about public service and volunteering,” he said.
“I think what she would want, if people want to help, is to go out in their community and do something important.”
Mark Kelly: “She would say, ‘You know, I’m somewhat concerned that at some point somebody is going to shoot me.’” JILL TORRANCE / ARIZONA DAILY STAR