Giffords shows great progress, but still struggles

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Kelly said his wife wants to run but hasn’t made the decision yet, adding that “she’ll know” when it’s right.

Giffords has undergone intensive therapy. At times, despair set in. One clip showed her sobbing in her therapist’s arms at Houston’s TIRR Memorial Hermann hospitals.

“Can I tell you something? It is going to get better,” her therapist said at one point. “You’ve come a long way in five weeks.”

Giffords is shown becoming more upbeat and smiling more frequently in the ensuing months. She now walks with a limp and can talk. She often repeats a word three or four times to get her point across.

At one point, Kelly used the work “brave” to describe the word on his mind when he thinks of her _ “brave and tough,” he said. Then Giffords, looking directly at Kelly, responded almost in a whisper: “Tough, tough, tough,” she said, and kissed his bald head.

Sawyer asked Giffords whether she was ever angry about what happened to her. Giffords replied: “No, no, no. Life, life.”

The television interview aired as fellow victims of the shooting came to Washington to testify in favor of new gun legislation. They said Giffords‘ appearance represents a major milestone for them as it helps them cope with the trauma they’ve endured since the shootings.

About a dozen survivors and family members are in Washington lobbying for legislation that would extend criminal background checks to all gun sales and enhance the quality of the FBI’s criminal background checks.

Ken Dorushka, who was shot in the arm as he shielded his wife in the Safeway parking lot on Jan. 8, says the victims have become like close family members and would watch the broadcast together.

“Any time one of us has a success, it affects all of us and it helps our healing,” Dorushka said.

The man arrested at the shooting, Jared Loughner, has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the rampage. He’s being forcibly medicated with psychotropic drugs at a Missouri prison in an effort to make him mentally competent to stand trial.

In Monday’s broadcast, Kelly and Giffords expressed their concern that Loughner did not get the help he needed.

“It was obvious he had serious mental issues. If he would have received some treatment, this probably never would have happened,” Kelly said.

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