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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
New Warship Commissioned in Galveston --And It Has the Worst-Fitting Name in History
On Saturday, the United States Navy
commissioned its newest warship, the U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords.
Named for former Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot outside a Tucson grocery store by Jared Lee
Loughner in 2011, the 421-foot-long ship is the 13th to be named after a living
person and the 16th to be named for a woman.
Giffords told a crowd at the ceremony
in the Texas Gulf Coast city of Galveston that she was honored the
421-foot-long ship will carry her name and the vessel is “strong and tough,
just like her crew.”
The Gabrielle Gifford
“I thought of you in my darkest days,
the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the United States of America ...
You make me proud. You make America proud,” Giffords said as she stood next to
her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who was in the Navy. Kelly lived in
Galveston County when he was stationed at Johnson Space Center in suburban
Houston during his NASA service.
Giffords and the ship's captain
According to NBC News, the Navy chose
to name the $475 million investment after Giffords because of the resilience
and determination she showed in the face of adversity, struggling to regain the
ability to walk and speak after being shot in the head.
But there were those who questioned
the move for another reason — particularly since the shooting, Giffords
has been a staunch advocate for gun control (this in spite of the fact that
additional gun control measures would not have stopped Loughner from
shooting her, as the measures that were already in place should have stopped
him but were not correctly applied).
A warship honoring an
anti-gun leftist. And her qualifications for being so honored by the United States
Navy??? She got shot by some nut. Damn, we’re going to have thousands of incongruous events and unlikely people
to name things after in the future, aren’t we? Maybe we can begin by naming a maternity
ward after the president of the National Organization of Women. Ed.