It’s quite evident the tragedy that came upon this man has made him quite bitter, but his statements toward Gabrielle Giffords surely won’t garner him much sympathy. Some things are just best kept private.
An elderly, former Marine who lost his wife of 54 years in the Tucson mass shootings expressed his anger at fellow victim and Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords.
George Morris, 77, was shot in the leg and back in the attack just over a year ago as he tried to protect his wife from the gunman. Dorothy Morris, 76, was killed after the couple had gone to the Safeway supermarket to quiz Ms Giffords’ political opinions.
Mr Morris, who describes himself as ‘ultra-conservative’, even refused a visit from President Obama while he recovered in hospital following the shootings in Arizona.
The couple had gone to the meet and greet at the grocery store to question Congresswoman’s support of Obama’s policies – including the health-care reform bill.
Mr Morris told the Arizona Republic newspaper his opinion of Ms Gifford and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly: ‘Every time I see them on TV, it makes me want to vomit.’
He also blamed Mr Kelly for his wife’s death, adding: ‘I’d like to debate our dear captain astronaut (and ask) why he didn’t have security. My wife would still be alive.’
Mr Morris, who is a retired Marine and airline pilot, said he didn’t believe Ms Giffords should still be in office. The 76-year-old had been a Democrat before becoming a staunch Republican once he retired.
He had campaigned for Jesse Kelly, the Republican who came close to defeating Giffords in the 2010 election.
Mr Morris and his wife Dorothy met while they were still in high school in Reno, Texas and were married for 54 years.
‘I can tell you no man has ever loved a woman more than I loved my wife,’ he said.