Can You Identify Charles Guiteau, Leon Czolgosz, and John Schrank ?

If you can identify all three names listed in the title, you have a great deal more information and probably are a lot smarter than the average American.  If you can or can not identify the names, hopefully you will enjoy reading the following article.

In the U.S., four of our presidents were assassinated while in office.  Abraham Lincoln, our 16th. President, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  James Garfield, our 20th. President, was assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau.  William McKinley, our 25th. President, was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz.  John F. Kennedy, our 35th. President, was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Additionally, Theodore Roosevelt was shot by John Schrank.  While the bullet hit Roosevelt in the chest, a suit button along with a very thick double folded campaign speech kept the bullet from going very far.  The bullet lodged between two ribs, but was not a mortal or serious wound.  Roosevelt finished his campaign speech before going to the hospital !

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the target of an assassination by Guiseppe Zangara on February 15, 1933.  The assassin’s bullet killed the Mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, who was near the president.

Governor George Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer on April 13, 1972, while campaigning for the democratic nomination for president.  Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinkley, Jr. on March 30, 1981.  ( Editor’s note: Bremer is now out of prison and Hinkley receives passes to leave the mental hospital where he is confined. )

Clearly our great Republic has seen too many of our presidents killed and one presidential candidate has been shot and other candidates have been threatened in other ways.  This is totally unacceptable.

With these historical facts in mind, I hope all law abiding Americans believe as I do that we must protect all of our candidates.  Recently there have been minor acts of violence at several campaign rallies.

I am an absolute supporter of free speech, but I feel obligated to remind some of the ” thugs ” that free speech has limitations.  Just as you can not yell “fire” in a theater, you can not begin shouting and screaming at a campaign rally just because you want to give a different message.

The democrat nominee and the republican nominee should always be allowed their right of free speech at all public rallies.  Any “thug” who attempts to disrupt our free election process should keep in mind that the U.S. Secret Service is legally empowered to protect both nominees from both parties with the use of lethal force if needed.

R. Van Conoley ( I have often considered President James Garfield as the smartest president of the U.S.  While he came from a poor family, he taught himself many things and was an expert in mathematics.  If you have never read or studies about the life of James Garfield, you may wish to do so.  Garfield was selected by a divided republican convention even though he was not a declared candidate.  His assassination was tragic.  His assassin was psychotic which shows the need for keeping guns out of the hands of the  mentally ill. )

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