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Arizona Shooting Update: Husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Willing to Meet Parents of Accused Gunman

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left,is shown with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. She loves motorcycles and yoga, and is as comfortable in a business suit walking the halls of Congress as she is clad in leather riding gear at the famed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. She holds a master's degree in urban planning, yet can mount a tire in a flash. Pretty and petite, sometimes soft-spoken, she will take on even her most ardent adversaries and try talking them down with a firm hand but also a smile. Said one friend of Giffords: "She really pretty much defies a lot of description." Special section: Tragedy in Tucson AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Arizona Shooting: Husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Willing to Meet with Shooter's Parents
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, is shown with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords)
TUCSON, Ariz. (CBS/AP) The husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says he would be willing to meet with the parents of 22-year-old Jared Loughner, the alleged gunman who critically injured the Ariz. congresswoman and killed people during a rampage outside a Tucson supermarket.

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Mark Kelly opened up in an interview with ABC Tuesday regarding his wife's recovery and the gunman responsible for the injury that nearly claimed her life.

"I don't think it's their fault. It's not the parents' fault," Kelly told ABC. "You know, I'd like to think I'm a person that's, you know, somewhat forgiving. And, I mean, they've got to be hurting in this situation as much as anybody."

Kelly, an astronaut, has been at his wife's bedside since the incident. He claims that despite having been shot in the head, Gifford's condition is improving and that her spirit and personal strength remain strong.

Randy and Amy Loughner issued a statement to reporters two days after the Jan. 8 shooting voicing their concern for the victims and their families, and saying they experienced shock and disbelief as a result of their son's actions.

"We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened. We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss."

Loughner, a man described by investigators as "mentally unstable," remains in federal custody in Phoenix.

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE ARIZONA SHOOTING FROM CBS NEWS


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