USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) is named for Gabrielle Giffords (1970) an American politician and gun control advocate who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Arizona's 8th congressional district from 2007-2012 when she resigned due to a severe brain injury suffered during an assassination attempt.

 

Mrs. Giffords was the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

 

On January 8, 2014, Mrs. Gifford marked the third anniversary of the shooting by going on and assisted skydiving jump.  Mrs. Giffords said on an interview with the Today show, "Oh, wonderful sky. Gorgeous mountain. Blue skies. I like a lot. A lot of fun. Peaceful, so peaceful."

 

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