• Forty Years Ago: Two Attempted Assassinations Fail … and History Is Changed Dramatically

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    Surge Summary: Forty years ago, two assassination attempts failed: one against newly elected President Ronald Reagan; the other, shortly after, against then-Pope John Paul II. Thankfully, both survived … and together they went on to radically change history.

    by Gary Bauer

    The Day the World Dodged a Bullet

    Forty years ago today, the United States came very close to losing the greatest president of the 20th century.

    That morning I had just finished briefing members of Congress on the goals of the still-new Reagan Administration.  As my car returned to the White House, a bevy of D.C. police cruisers with sirens blazing rushed up 17th Street. Moments later more headed in the same direction.

    Suddenly, I recalled that President Reagan was speaking that morning at the Washington Hilton, located in the direction the police were headed.

    Entering the Old Executive Office Building, I was shocked to see men with automatic weapons positioned outside the office of the vice president. Seconds later, I heard the news — Ronald Reagan had been shot by a would-be assassin.

    For hours the president’s staff gathered in various offices, huddled around TV sets, calling colleagues, doing everything we could to get accurate, up-to-date information. There was a lot of praying.

    We had walked into office with a victorious Reagan only a little more than two months before, filled with dreams on how we would turn the country around after the disastrous Carter “malaise.” Thankfully, Ronald Reagan survived.  But as we now know, he came incredibly close to death on that fateful day.

    A few weeks later, a radical Muslim, Mehmet Ali Agca, attempted to kill Pope John Paul II, who also barely survived the attempt on his life. The pontiff and the president, with the able collaboration of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (who survived an assassination attempt in 1984), went on to lead the struggle against Soviet communism.

    They ultimately prevailed. Both men believed that God thwarted the assassination attempts because He had important things for them to accomplish. They were right.

    Today is a good day to remind ourselves that God is in control. Our country faces massive challenges. The headlines are chilling. There is incompetence or worse in high places.

    But the God of Abraham, who hung the stars in the sky and knows when a sparrow falls to the ground, has promised He will not forsake us. For us it remains to be of good cheer and to fight the good fight!

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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