Giffords' Husband Willing to Meet Suspect's Parents

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Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has expressed his willingness to meet with the parents of Jared Loughner, the man suspected of shooting his wife.

"I'd probably see them," Kelly told ABC News. "I don't think it's their fault. It's not the parents fault."

Investigators said Loughner, 22, had become obsessed with hurting Giffords since attending one of her campaign events in 2007.

He reportedly believed in anti-government conspiracy theories. The New York Times reported Loughner's anger would well up at the sheer sight of former President George W. Bush.

Loughner's parents haven't made any public appearances, but released a statement apologizing for their son's actions.

"I'd like to think I'm a person that's somewhat forgiving," Kelly said. "They've got to be hurting in this situation as much as much as anybody."

Meanwhile, doctors have called Giffords' progress miraculous. Her husband said he has been witnessing clear indications of her recovery as well.

In his first interview since the Jan. 8 massacre, Kelly told ABC News that she even managed to give him a neck rub.

"She reached up and gave me - maybe for 10 minutes rubbing' my neck," he said. "And I keep telling her 'Gabby, you're in the ICU. You don't need -- you don't need to be doing this.' But it's so typical of her."

Doctors said the congresswoman's next milestone will be leaving the hospital.

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