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Gabrielle Giffords Makes Tucson Survivor 'Want To Vomit'

HuffPost Crime   First Posted: 01/10/12 08:03 PM ET Updated: 01/11/12 11:11 AM ET

A year after the Tucson shootings that left six dead and 13 injured, one of the survivors has strong feelings about the incident and congresswoman and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

That feeling is best described as nausea.

"Every time I see them on TV," George Morris, 77, told the Arizona Republic, "it makes me want to vomit."

Morris, a self-described "ultra-conservative," initially went to Giffords' town hall meeting outside the grocery store in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, to complain to his congresswoman, who he says kept voting for liberal causes.

However, before Morris had a chance to speak a gunman later identified as Jared Lee Loughner began shooting. Morris' wife, Dorothy, 76, was one of those killed in the rampage, and Morris was hit in the legs and back. Giffords was shot in the head.

He was angry at Giffords' job performance before the shooting, but now Morris is more convinced that she should be removed from office immediately, according to MSNBC.com.

"I think she ought to be thrown out of Congress posthaste," he said. "I do not think she is worthy of serving."

Morris, a retired Marine and airline pilot, was married for 54 years before his wife's death. The two met while they were juniors in high school.

But while he told the Arizona Republic that "no man has ever loved a woman more than I loved my wife," he didn't always agree with her.

"If my wife had a fault, it was she was too concerned about how other people would feel," said Morris, who felt so strongly about his political beliefs that he refused an invitation to have President Barack Obama visit him in his hospital room in the days following the shootings.

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  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., right, and wife Cheryl, second from left, pose for a photograph with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, center, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, at a memorial ceremony remembering the victims and survivors one year after a gunman shot Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    From left, Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her husband Mark Kelly, and University of Arizona Medical Center's Dr. Peter Rhee, dance to the music of Calexico, during a vigil at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance in a rare public appearance one year after surviving a deadly shooting. (AP Photo/The Republic, David Wallace)

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recites the "Pledge of Allegiance" alongside her husband Mark Kelly, right, Ron Barber, far right, and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, left, at the start of a vigil at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. The day marks the one year anniversary of the shootings at the Safeway in Tucson. (AP Photo/The Republic, David Wallace)

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    People hold lights aloft during a a memorial vigil remembering the victims and survivors of the shooting that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 12 others and killed six one year ago Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    Mark Kelly leans on the shoulder of his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a memorial vigil remembering the victims and survivors of the shooting that wounded Giffords, 12 others and killed six one year ago Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    Teresa Bier leaves a rose honoring Christina Taylor-Green in a vase for the six people killed in the shooting at an event for Giffords one year ago, during an interfaith remembrance service at St. Augustine Catherdral, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    Pat Maisch, right, who grabbed a gun magazine as the shooter prepared to reload, reacts after being introduced by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, during a memorial ceremony remembering the victims and survivors of the shootings in Tucson that left six dead and 13 wounded, including Giffords, one year ago Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    Daniel Hernandez, former intern for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, leaves one of six roses for the six people killed in the shooting at an event for Giffords one year ago, during an interfaith remembrance service at St. Augustine Catherdral, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 in Tucson, Ariz. Hernandez came to Giffords' aid after the shooting.

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    A memorial of flowers and six crosses stands across the street from the Safeway where one year before a shooting at an event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Tucson.

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    Matt McLear, 48, of Tucson, Ariz., looks at a memorial of flowers and crosses across the street from the Safeway where one year before a shooting at an event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Tucson.

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    Shooting victim Mary Reed, right, receives a hug during a service honoring the lives of the 2011 Tucson shooting victims at University of Arizona Centennial Hall in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. One year ago, a gunman opened fire at an event for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing six and injuring 13, including the Congresswoman.

  • Arizona Shooting Memorial Ceremony

    U.S. Senator Mark Udall, right, speaks for shooting victim U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a service honoring the lives of the 2011 Tucson shooting victims at University of Arizona Centennial Hall in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. One year ago, a gunman opened fire at an event for Giffords, killing six and injuring 13, including the Congresswoman.

  • Arizona Shooting Anniversary

    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband retired Navy Captain Mark Kelly walk on the Davidson Canyon Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Trailhead Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 to pay tribute to Zimmerman, who was killed almost one year ago during the Tucson shooting. Zimmerman was the director of community outreach for U.S. Representative Giffords.

  • Arizona Shooting Anniversary

    In this photo provided by the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords and husband Mark Kelly pose at the Davidson Canyon Gabe Zimmerman Memorial trailhead outside of Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Kelly posted the photo earlier Saturday via his Twitter account. The trailhead is named in honor of Giffords' slain staff member Gabe Zimmerman.

  • Arizona Shooting Anniversary

    Iesha Seiku, center, founder of a Harlem anti-gun violence group, joins members of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and the National Action Network as they pause during a "Too Many Victims" march and vigil against gun violence on the first anniversary of the Arizona shootings that killed six and injured 12, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Gabrielle Giffords

    The signals are strong. One year after being shot in the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on a mission to return to the job she so clearly loved. Her husband and people near the three-term congresswoman say she is highly motivated to recover from her injuries and get back to work in Washington, potentially using her inspirational story as a way to mend political differences in the nation's capital. She faces a May deadline to get on the November ballot, meaning she has a few months to decide her next step. (AP Photo/southwestphotobank.com, P.K. Weis)

  • Jared Loughner

    This Jan. 8, 2011 file photo provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Office shows Jared Loughner. Loughner, The mentally ill man charged in the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others isn't expected to go to trial in 2012 as he continues to be forcibly medicated in a bid to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

  • John Green, Roxanne Green

    John and Roxanna Green finish a floral portrait of their daughter Taylor, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the historic Castle Green in Pasadena, Calif. Taylor was Killed during the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabriel Giffords and Roxanne will carry the floral portrait on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade on, Monday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)

  • Gabrielle Giffords

    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., waves to airmen while serving a Thanksgiving meal at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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