Tucson Shooting Victim George Morris: The Sight of Gabrielle Giffords Makes Him "Want to Vomit"
When many of us see Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords doing so well after getting shot in the head during last year's shooting rampage at a grocery store just outside of Tucson, we're relieved, inspired -- even uplifted.
Not 77-year-old George Morris, who also is one of Jared Loughner's victims, and who lost his wife of 54 years, Dorothy, to one of Loughner's bullets. According to Morris, the sight of Giffords now makes him "want to vomit."
Morris was shot in the leg and back during the shooting. His wife was killed. He'd gone to the Safeway that day to give Giffords a piece of his mind -- a self-described "ultra-conservative," Morris was angry that Giffords was toeing the Democratic Party line by often voting in-sync with former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas spoke with Morris, who, when asked how he feels when he sees Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, on TV -- like during last night's memorial at the University of Arizona, and during an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer -- says the following:
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"Every time I see them on TV, it makes me want to vomit."
He goes on to blame Kelly for the shooting, telling Ruelas "I'd like to debate our dear captain astronaut [and ask] why he didn't have security. My wife would still be alive."
As Ruelas points out in his article, "These are not the words of a grief-stricken man caught in a rare emotional outburst, but the deeply considered thoughts calmly and clearly expressed by Morris in a pair of interviews, months apart."
From Ruelas' story:
Morris first spoke with The Republic by phone in February, about six weeks after the shootings.At the time, the newspaper did not print his comments, asking Morris if he would sit for a longer interview in person. Morris said he would consider it, but did not respond to several messages seeking that interview.
Reached in December by phone at his home, he gave a second interview, expressing similar and, at times, even harsher sentiments."That's my story," he said toward the close of that conversation. "Do with it what you want."
Morris, who claims "no man has ever loved a woman more than I loved my wife," is now considering moving in with a woman who lives in Scottsdale -- and that's only after calling it quits with another woman he met online. That relationship ended because she was a liberal.
Stories like this are why blogs have comment sections -- go nuts, Valley Fever-ers (as always, no death threats, racism, or threats of violence -- thankya).
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