Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Warship Commissioned in Galveston --And It Has the Worst-Fitting Name in History

The following article appeared in the independent journal review on June 11, 2017

By Virginia Kruta

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.

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