When men were patriots and understood that freedom was only one generation away.
There was a time when it wasn’t considered so remarkable for a president to keep guns around. But it surprised novelist Brad Meltzer, when he was researching a book recently, to discover that Ronald Reagan carried often during his stint in the White House.
Meltzer was impressed enough to write a piece on this discovery for the New York Daily News on Saturday. He relates that he was touring a small museum maintained by the U.S. Secret Service, inspecting artifacts and and discussing presidential security with his guides.
The agents had taken me into a small museum they have on the premises. It’s a room lined with photos of Presidents and archival exhibit cases filled with Secret Service artifacts. A newspaper with a “Kennedy Dead” headline. A replica of Lee Harvey Oswald’s rifle. The pistol used to try to kill President Gerald Ford. They even have the actual car door from the limo when Reagan was shot.
It was an eerie keepsake for sure. But not nearly as eerie as the next detail they told me. We were talking about Reagan and that day he was shot. Then one of the agents offered this secret: When Reagan was President, he carried his own gun.
I couldn’t believe it.
“It’s true,” they said. A .38. Reagan used to hide it in his briefcase and take it on Air Force One.
Whatever you think of Reagan, you have to admit, he had a black belt in badassery.
h/t: Doris Wise Montrose via Jews Can Shoot