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November 8th, 2012
11:43 PM ET

Mark Kelly on facing Jared Loughner in court Thursday: "It was tense, especially when he walked into the room"

On a day which saw Jared Loughner sentenced to life in prison without parole for the attempted assassination of then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, for his emotional account of facing the shooter in person:

"It was certainly a little stressful. It was tense, especially when he walked into the room, when he responded to the judge," said Kelly, of the Arizona man who pleaded guilty after killing six people and wounding 13 others in January of 2011. "It's really a tough thing. You know Gabby, said afterwards, that for her, the biggest emotion, was just sadness. You know, to hear story after story, of what the impact of this horrible day had on people, is really difficult."

Nearly two years since that fateful day in Tuscon, AZ, Kelly said that he and Giffords intend to attempt to put the incident behind them, and focus exclusively on the rest of their lives:

"It's time to move on. Obviously we're talking about this now, and over the next couple of days, I'm sure it'll come up. But our longterm plan is to look forward, try to make the best out of every day, and not think back to January 8th, and what that meant," he told Piers Morgan. "The judge said today, this isn't exactly closure. He said – and I think he put it well – this is resolution, of a horrible event. And I agree with him."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Kelly, who, like his wife, is a gun owner, details their stance on firearm law in the wake of several recent deadly shootings in America.
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  1. Kevin H

    All I know is that I admire this man. What a stand up guy. His wife, a Congresswomen, had a career all her own – without him in a sense. Sure he was a counselor, supporter, cheer leader, perhaps he even injected his own ideas – but she was a vibrant, intellligent, independent woman – and he had a solid career of his own. I'm sure she too was interested in his career and wanted him to succeed. Both of their lives were upended and changed forever. These were probably two very independent but interdependent human beings before that day. She needed him and he needed her – but that relationship changes when your life mate is injured and suffering. The nature of the relationship changes. The love deepens I would imagine, the stress increases, you forget about things that would have been standard – your own emotional and physical needs in favor of the other. This man not only has those stressors but also the media attention. I can't imagine how he keeps it all together. Hopefully his NASA and military training have helped him. I know I know, they didn't do it alone they probably had more help than most of us could dream of – but still. This was a very, very grave injury – one that most don't survive at all. It's as if the two of them together willed her to live. Then to be faced with this sick, beastly human being – a man that mentally isn't in a place to be able to even comprehend what he did. He can't feel remorse because he's too sick. So it's as if they were facing a brick wall. The other victims similarly faced the same sick individual. Any victim impact testimony is for the victims and survivors and families – because Gerald Loughner in 10 years or 20 cannot really accept his own actions – he is incapable – his brain chemistry probably never could. So the world is left without another selfless human being fighting for us – because Gabrielle Giffords lives – but she's stuck ina body and with a brain that only allows her to operate at a fraction of her previous capacity. So she' ll adapt more and more – as she has – but there will be a limit. Struck down in the prime of her life and career. What a waste.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. starviego

    They have more bullet holes in victims, windows, and walls than Loughner had rounds in his weapon. And there was no motive. Plus there was a rifle with an extended mag found near the crime and another man arrested away from the scene. Smells like a covert op to me. If there was another shooter, as the evidence indicates, then this crime cannot claim to be solved.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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