My Wife Feared Being Shot: Mark Kelly
Also believed for agonizing minutes Giffords had been killed
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 19, 2011 2:41 AM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2011 6:15 AM CST
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke often of her fears that she would be gunned down at a town hall meeting.   (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, File)
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(Newser) – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke several times about her fears of being shot in the overheated Arizona political climate, reveals her husband, who believed for several agonizing minutes that he had lost her. In his first TV interview about the attack, astronaut Mark Kelly reveals the pain of hearing the erroneous media report that Giffords had been killed in the Tucson shooting. "The kids, Claudia and Claire, start crying. My mother, I think she screamed. And I just, you know, walked into the bathroom and broke down," Kelly told ABC's Diane Sawyer. The couple had often talked of the dangers Giffords faced representing a sharply divided, gun-loving state. "I'm really worried somebody's going to come up to me at one of these events with a gun," Kelly quoted his wife as saying.

"She'd received death threats," he added, initially believing the attack was "part of what we've been dealing with for the last year." He no longer believes the shooting had anything to do with politics, but was simply an attack by a "really disturbed" gunman. Still, he believes the shooting "may be an opportunity to make things better, just tone it down, try to get back to a better place." Kelly says he's sometimes certain Giffords will recover "100%" when she looks him in the eye and "plays with my wedding ring," but "at other times I don't know." The congresswoman hasn't yet spoken and doctors aren't certain she can see, but "Gabrielle Giffords is too tough to let this beat her," said Kelly.