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Daemon
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First Attempted Assassination of a US President (1835)

US President Andrew Jackson was leaving a congressional funeral held at the Capitol when an unemployed, mentally ill housepainter named Richard Lawrence made an attempt on his life. Fortuitously, Lawrence's pistol misfired. Improbably, the second pistol he produced did too. The 67-year-old president attacked Lawrence with his cane, and the deranged gunman was caught and institutionalized. What surprising discovery was made when the guns were tested to determine what had caused them to misfire? More...
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First Attempted Assassination of a US President (1835)
US President Andrew Jackson was leaving a congressional funeral held at the Capitol when an unemployed, mentally ill housepainter named Richard Lawrence made an attempt on his life. Fortuitously, Lawrence's pistol misfired. Improbably, the second pistol he produced did too. The 67-year-old president attacked Lawrence with his cane, and the deranged gunman was caught and institutionalized.
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Andrew Jackson was really a lucky guy. Two guns misfired-- unbelievable.

I wonder if the guns were the same. If they were, the would-be assassin qualifies for the dumbest American assassin show.

The gun misfiring, according to the article, was due to the humid weather. The guns were tested later and they fired without mistake.

There is another possibility. The would-be assassin was mentally deranged. Maybe he got agitated and confused when he pulled out the guns and he didn't know how to use them-- maybe he had forgotten to unlock the guns.

From this historical distance, the story is funny. The guy who was supposed to be dead from your bullets, hits you with his cane.
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