Video: Rep. Giffords' husband: Maybe shooting 'was fate' staff and news service reports
updated 2/3/2011 10:34:39 AM ET 2011-02-03T15:34:39

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband said Thursday that some good might come from the shooting that wounded his wife and killed six others and that perhaps "this is just one small part of a larger plan."

Speaking to the National Prayer Breakfast, which President Barack Obama also addressed, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly wondered aloud why his wife was shot in the head.

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"Maybe it was fate. I hadn't been a big believer in fate until recently. I thought the world just spins and the clock just spins," Kelly told those gathered.

"I can only hope that maybe it's possible that this is just one small part of a larger plan," he added.

He said he told his recovering wife that "this event, horrible and tragic, was not merely random, that maybe something good can come from this."

"You don't need a church, a temple or a mosque to pray. You don’t even need a building or walls. You pray where you are," Kelly said.

Kelly didn't go into details about his wife's recuperation from being shot in the head at a Tucson shopping center less than a month ago.

But he did say that, "Every day, she gets a little better." And he said doctors and neurosurgeons have told him "that's a great sign, the slope of that curve is very important."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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