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August 8th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Tucson shooting victim says he 'feels a sense of relief' with Loughner plea, stresses need for gun control

Jared Lee Loughner, the man who shot sitting U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people in Tucson last year, changed his plea from "not guilty" to "guilty" on nineteen different charges at a court hearing yesterday.

While the plea deal spares Loughner the death penalty, he will be sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole.

Retired Army Colonel Bill Badger was one of the thirteen people wounded in the shooting that day and he sits down with Zoraida Sambolin on Early Start today to explain how he reacted to Loughner's plea.

"It puts the whole episode behind me and we can now move on," Col. Badger explains. "I think we will start to heal now. And I've talked to all of the other victims and that's pretty well the consensus of opinion, that we're glad that we don't have to go to a trial. We think it would have been a long trial and so we feel a sense of relief right now and we're satisfied with the decision that was made for him to plead guilty and get life in prison."

Col. Badger also stresses his support for gun control, saying "We would really like to see the plan from President Obama or Governor Romney, on what they plan to do if they are elected president for the next term and - as far as gun control. All we're getting so far is rhetoric and we would like to see some action"

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