Monday, February 7, 2011
Right or Wrong?
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Will Go on Space Mission
Astronaut Cdr. Mark Kelley and husband of Gabrielle Giffords recently announced he will blast off for an upcoming space mission this April that will keep him away for a few weeks. Right or Wrong? I say WRONG. Before I explain why I disagree with Cdr. Kelly's decision, I must say that I admire his strength and composure since that horrible shooting in Arizona. I'm not arguing Cdr. Kelly is a bad man. He's been with the congresswoman since the beginning of this tragedy. And my heart goes out to him. But do you mind if I keep it real? This man's wife was shot point blank, close range in the head by a gunman popping of a 9mm Glock semiautomatic. Miraculously Rep. Giffords survived, while six others did not. It has taken a team of good doctors and her fighting like hell to live. And she's still fighting for a full recovery. So why leave?
Kelly said in a press conference, "I know her very well and she would be very comfortable with the decision that I made." The public isn't fully aware of her condition, but saying "she would be" okay with the decision sounds to me like she doesn't know what is going on.
Cdr. Kelly is not new new to space. He flown in space three times already. If I was laying in a hospital bed recovering from a bullet soaring through my brain I would want my husband by my side. If the situation was reversed, I would be at my husband's bedside. Cdr Kelly said he wanted to go to ensure his crew has a safe and successful voyage. I understand he and the astronauts have been training for more than a year for this trip. What if Gabby's condition takes a turn for the worse and he's up in space? Or what if she looks for him and he's not there?
SOUND OFF What do you think of Cdr. Mark Kelly's decision to board the space shuttle and be away from his wife for a few weeks?
I have to bring gender into this. Do you think a woman is just as likely to make the same decision as Cdr. Kelly?