MYTHBUSTER: Targeting Our Presidents

The Left promotes the myth that Democrat is the Party of Peace, while Republicans and Right-Wingers are dangerously violent.

But history demonstrates that Republican presidents have been assaulted by their enemies twice as often.

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Close calls:  
Andrew Jackson – A man with two guns shot at the President at point blank range. Both guns misfired and the man was arrested and found not guilty by reason of insanity. When later tested by police, both pistols fired perfectly.

Abraham Lincoln – As Lincoln was riding to the Soldiers’ Home, a shot fired from the bushes caused his horse to bolt, and he lost his hat; when soldiers retrieved the hat, they found a bullet hole in it.

Harry S. Truman – Two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists attempted to murder Truman in his home. A violent gun battle ensued that left one would-be assassin and one policeman dead.

Gerald Ford – Ford was assaulted by another woman with a gun in San Francisco, CA.  A bystander grabbed the shooter’s arm, causing the shot to miss the president.

Bill Clinton – In Manila, the Secret Service suspected an attack and ordered Clinton’s motorcade be re-routed. A bomb was found under the bridge he had been scheduled to cross. Subsequent U.S. investigation found the attack had been masterminded by Osama bin Laden.

George W. Bush – During a speech in the Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, a man threw a live hand grenade towards the podium. A Georgian official grabbed it before it could explode.

Failure due in large part to assailant’s ineptitude:

Gerald Ford – Ford was assaulted by a woman with a gun in Sacramento, CA. A Secret Service agent foiled the attempt. The gun was loaded, but there was no bullet in the firing chamber.

George W. Bush – A man outside the perimeter fence shot towards the White House; the Secret Service took him down. The shooter’s obstructed angle view prevented the bullets from reaching the White House.

Richard Nixon – An attempt to kill Nixon by crashing a commercial airliner into the White House was foiled by an officer before the hijacker, who had killed the pilot and co-pilot, could take off.

Bill Clinton – A man at the fence fired at the White House with a semi-automatic rifle. Clinton was inside the White House Residence and was never in any danger.



Filed under Democrats, Mythbusting, Republicans

4 responses to “MYTHBUSTER: Targeting Our Presidents

  1. Ting

    I had forgotten all about the Clinton stuff. I’m not even sure that I knew it happened, the excuse being that I was busy running a business and a household and cattle prodding children to study back in those days.


  2. “Ineptitude” is a matter of perspective. The day Reagan was shot, a fellow I know was first out of the gate with a cynical remark: “He only used a .22?”

    I think Mr Reagan and James Brady could both testify to the effectiveness of a .22 at close range, though, as that Molotov guy suggested.