New Navy War Ship Named for Gun-Control Advocate

The most ironic and hypocritical thing I find with many of the nation’s leading gun-control advocates is that they enjoy being protected by men and women carrying guns. Yet these same anti-gun advocates push to deny American citizens the right to carry guns to protect themselves, and very few of us can afford to hire armed security guards to be with us night and day.

Obama is adamantly against allowing teachers and faculty to be trained and armed to protect YOUR kids, however, the school his girls have attended had numerous armed guards on campus at all times. Everywhere Obama goes, armed Secret Service personnel travel with him to protect him, but Obama is against concealed carry or open carry laws allowing you the same kind of armed protection. When Obama relaxes at home, he is assured knowing that there are armed guards protecting him, his family and his home, but he is against you being armed in your own home or vehicle.

In 2011, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was at a political rally outside a supermarket in Tucson when a gunman opened fire. Six people were killed including a 9-year-old girl and a number of others were wounded. Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank range and at first little hope was given for her survival and recovery. After many months in the hospital and undergoing rehabilitation, Giffords made a miraculous recovery in some aspects, but was left with some permanent effects of being shot in the brain.

After the incident, Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly have campaigned for stronger gun control laws to be passed. Giffords claims to support gun-rights, yet fights for more gun-control measures to be imposed on the American people.

So how ironic is it that the Navy’s newest war ship has been named after a gun-control advocate?

The USS Gabrielle Giffords is the Navy’s newest member of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet. Littoral refers to near shore and these smaller fast moving warships are designed to be able to maneuver quickly and easily through crowded near-shore areas when necessary as well as being able to operate in the open ocean.

Commenting on the newly commissioned warship, Captain Jordy Harrison, Commander of the LSC Squadron issued a press release reading in part:

“We are pleased to receive the future USS Gabrielle Giffords into the LCS class. Gabrielle Giffords will join her sister littoral combat ships in their homeport of San Diego in 2017, commencing testing and training for deployed operations upon arrival.”

The new warship was built by an Alabama shipbuilder at cost of $475 million and is part of a $12 billion littoral combat ship program. Some members of Congress, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) have been outspoken about the high cost of the littoral combat ship program, saying that it is a ‘classic example of acquisition gone awry.’

Over the past 8 years of the Obama administration, America’s military size, weaponry and capabilities have been drastically cut or eliminated. Rebuilding our military will not be cheap and will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, but doesn’t America need a strong offensive military in order to secure our national defense?

Isn’t there a lot of truth behind the old saying that the best defense is a strong offense? That applies in sports as well as military and personal protection. Most mass shooters target locations that are gun-free or have weak defenses while few target locations where they know people will be armed and able to defend themselves. The same is true with a nation. the only way America can truly protect itself from attack is to have a strong defense which includes littoral combat ships.

However, I’m not sure that naming a warship after a gun-control advocate is a wise thing to do. It was most likely a political move by a Democratic anti-gun administration in an effort to drive home the need for more gun-control. No offense to Giffords, but there are other American leaders, military and political that far more deserving of having a warship named them.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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