US Navy Christening Ship to Honor Gun Control Proponent Gabby Giffords


On June 13 the US Navy will christen a combat ship after gun control proponent and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

The ship will be called the USS Gabrielle Giffords and will be christened at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, where “Vice President Biden’s wife, Jill, the ship’s sponsor, will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.”

According to The Hill, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said:

The christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords marks the beginning of what is certain to be a long life for this great ship. It is also a celebration of the skill and dedication of the men and women who have built LCS 10 and the courage of her namesake. This ship truly embodies the Navy motto of Semper Fortis — Always Courageous.

Giffords was a Congresswoman for Arizona’s 2nd District when Jared Loughner shot and wounded her on January 8, 2011. Loughner passed a background check to acquire the handgun with which he shot her.

Giffords has spent the years since pushing to require every would-be gun owner to pass the same background check her attacker passed.

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