he first attempt to assassinate a U.S. president was in 1835, when a lone gunman approached Andrew Jackson in the Capitol Building and attempted to fire two pistols at him. Both of them misfired, and the first security person to tangle with the shooter was Jackson himself, who whacked him with his cane. Jackson didn’t have a regular security detail, and apparently didn’t get one after this incident. Things certainly have changed.
July 31, 2015