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What One Recent Study Found About Murder Rates and Concealed Carry Permits Is Likely to Make Gun Owners Smile

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This is from The Blaze.

Not much if any coverage from the Obama Media.

 

 

More than twice as many Americans now hold concealed carry permits compared to seven years ago, and a new study is pointing out a drop in murder and violent crime rates during this same time frame.

The Crime Prevention Research Center released its Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States report Wednesday, revealing that 11.1 million Americans now hold concealed carry permits, while about 4.6 million carried them in 2007.

With the last concealed carry report from the Government Accountability Office three years ago indicating that about 8 million Americans held permits, the research center said its data analysis shows concealed carry permitting is “growing at faster and faster rates.”

The report also notes that based on data from 2007 and estimates from 2013 murder rates have fallen about 22 percent and violent crime rates have fallen by the same percentage as well.

The report acknowledges that many factors, not just the number of concealed carry permits, contribute to crime rates in different areas. Looking though at how crime rates varied before and after there were changes to permitting rules, “our analysis suggests that each 1 percentage point increase in the percent of the adult population holding permits is roughly associated with a 1.4 percent drop in the murder rate.”

The number of concealed carry permits issued compared with murder rates. (Image source: Crime Prevention Research Center)

The report says that more than 10 percent of the adult population in South Dakota, Indiana and Alabama now hold concealed carry permits, while 8 percent of the adult population in eight other states have permits.

Though the rate of permits being issued has grown, the report details how it might have more difficult to obtain them over time:

  • Each $10 increase in fees reduces the percent of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point.
  • Each 10 years that the permit law is in effect increases the percent of adults with permits by 1.5 percentage points.
  • Giving government officials discretion in who gets permits, reduces the percent of adults with get permits by more than two-thirds.

States with 8 percent or more of the adult population holding concealed carry permits.  (Image source: Crime Prevention Research Center)

For those who might argue that increasing the number of concealed carry permits could lead to more crime, the report delves into whether permit holders are law abiding.

“Consider the two large states at the front of the current debate, Florida and Texas: Both states provide easy web access to detailed records of permit holders,” the report says. “During over two decades, from October 1, 1987 to May 31, 2014, Florida has issued permits to more than 2.64 million people, with the average person holding a permit for more than a decade.3 Few — 168 (about 0.006 [percent]) — have had their permits revoked for any type of firearms related violation, the most common being accidentally carrying a concealed handgun into a gun-free zone such as a school or an airport, not threats or acts of violence. It is an annual rate of 0.0002 percent.”

It also notes that the already low rate of permits being revoked is also declining.

“Over the last 77 months from January 2008 through May 2014, just 4 permits have been revoked for firearms-related violations. With an average of about 875,000 active permit holders per year during those years, the annual revocation rate for firearms related violations is 0.00007 percent — 7 one hundred thousandths of 1 percentage point,” the report says.

Read the Crime Prevention Research Center’s full report.

The Crime Prevention Research Center was created by economist and researcher John Lott earlier this year to “advance the scientific understanding of the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety.”

“When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals,” Lott told Fox News about the recent study’s findings. “Some criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they don’t come into contact with victims and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victims.”

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llinois Attacks Freedom! Every Gun Maker & Gun Owner Should Leave Illinois Now!

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This is from United States Concealed Carry Association.

I think instead of moving out gun owners should ban together and elect Pro Second Amendment politicians.

Moving out only if the elections go against them.

 

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That’s right. Every gun maker or gun owner should leave Illinois now! I know, the economy sucks and now is not the time to make a big move, but a recently introduced piece of legislation in the Illinois state house should prompt an exodus of Biblical proportions!

This bill, HB4715, proposes that EVERY SINGLE firearm in the state of Illinois be registered.

First came the Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card, which required all Illinois gun owners to carry their “papers” if they even wanted to touch a gun. We have all seen how well THAT restriction on the freedoms of law-abiding citizens worked to reduce crime.

Now comes the next step: full and complete registration of all firearms! Not only is this heinous bill directed only at law-abiding citizens, it goes beyond “simple” registration of firearms to include a provision that says Illinois residents cannot buy ammunition unless they can prove that they have registered a gun capable of firing that ammunition! Here is a direct quote from the bill: “Provides that a person shall not purchase or possess ammunition within this State without having first obtained a registration certificate identifying a firearm that is suitable for use with that ammunition…”

Does anyone really believe that inner city criminals sitting on a pile of drugs and money or people who are willing to kill for their street corner or crappy run-down crackhouse are going to be lining up to register their guns? Do you think there will be no black market for ammo? Does anyone remember the folly of Prohibition and what it did to Chicago? Is there no lawmaker in Illinois with a combination of brains and backbone to stand up to this?

In the past, I have suggested that people take action and work to defeat such idiotic laws. Now, I have changed my mind. I suggest gun owners move out of Illinois. If you are a gun maker or firearms accessory maker, move your business out of Illinois. South Dakota has a great deal for you in a gun-friendly state with a wonderful business climate.

I know that there will never be an exodus big enough to open the eyes of the most corrupt and inept lawmakers in the country, but maybe, just maybe, it will get someone’s attention.

Vacate the state. Vote with your U-Haul trailer. Leave Illinois behind.

Historic ‘polar vortex’ could cause record low temps across Midwest, extreme cold in Northeast

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This is from The New York Post.

What happened to globull warming?

While this is something that only happens every twenty or

thirty years in some areas.

Yet the people in Minnesota, Wyoming, North Dakota or

South Dakota this cold and snow are normal. 

 

One meteorologist said temperature records will likely be broken during the short yet forceful deep freeze that will begin in many places on Sunday and extend into early next week. The conditions in the Midwest could be life-threatening for ‘a person not properly dressed.

New York won’t endure brutal weather to such an extreme degree as the Midwest — though Tuesday will require extra layers. Here, a woman in Midtown stays warm in the frigid temperatures.

An arctic blast straight from the North Pole will chill the Midwest Sunday with a “polar vortex” — potentially setting record-low temperatures and raising fears of frostbite and hypothermia.

The deep freeze is caused by a “polar vortex” that creates a counterclockwise rotation of cold air at the top of Earth that will be pushed as far south as the Gulf Coast. The frigid spiral should dissipate early next week.

“All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,” said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for Weather Bell.

A tattered flag flies by a flooded yard along the shore in Scituate, Mass., on Friday.

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A tattered flag flies by a flooded yard along the shore in Scituate, Mass., on Friday.

“If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

The forecasts will make you shiver: -25 in Fargo, N.D., -31 in International Falls, Minn. and -15 in Chicago.

At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbite in minutes and hypothermia can easily take hold as the wind chill plunges to 60 or even 70 below zero.

New York won’t endure brutal weather to such an extreme degree — though Tuesday will require extra layers.

This Friday satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the blanket of snow that stretches from the Midwest across to New England after a massive winter storm moved over the region.

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This Friday satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the blanket of snow that stretches from the Midwest across to New England after a massive winter storm moved over the region.

The local forecast calls for temperatures in the 40s Sunday and Monday. Tuesday, however, calls for a high in the teens.

Back in the Midwest, experts were concerned people unprepared for the polar plunge could die. Even wind chills of 25 below zero are cause for alarm, said National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett.

PHOTOS: EXTREME WEATHER HITS HEARTLAND

“Those are dangerous levels of wind chill,” said Truett.

“A person not properly dressed could die easily in those conditions.”

Cheeseheads in Green Bay will watch their beloved Packers take on the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Lambeau Field in what could be one of the coldest football games ever played. The forecast at kickoff is a brutal -2.

PHOTOS: WILD WEATHER

Minnesota already took the drastic measure of canceling school Monday for the entire state — the first such closing in 17 years.

The brief-yet-powerful cold spell will probably freeze over the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, meaning the frigid temperatures will linger for the rest of the winter, Maue said.

“Right now for the winter, we will have had two significant shots of major Arctic air and we’re only through the first week of January. And we had a pretty cold December,” Maue said.

With News Wire Services

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/extreme-cold-weather-expected-midwest-northeast-article-1.1566162#ixzz2pXrHHJxP

Gun-rights activists ask Supreme Court to uphold ‘Firearms Freedom Act’

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This is from Fox News Politics.

As screwy as the Supreme Court is who knows how

the court will rule.

Just look a the Obamacare ruling.

 

HELENA, Mont. –  Gun advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a lower court’s ruling against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules.

Earlier this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge’s decision against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The law attempts to declare that federal firearms regulations don’t apply to guns kept in the state where they were manufactured.

Other pro-gun states have passed similar measures.

The Justice Department has argued successfully that the courts already have decided Congress can use its power to regulate interstate commerce. Some gun-control advocates sided with the federal argument, saying “firearm freedom acts” would allow felons to obtain guns without background checks and make it harder to trace guns used in crimes.

Gun advocates have long said only the Supreme Court can decide the case because it will have to limit the reach of Congress to regulate guns. The Supreme Court is expected to decide next year whether to accept the request.

The advocates, led by the Montana Shooting Sports Association, have had legal support from the attorneys general from the pro-gun states of Montana, Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming. States that have formally passed a version of Firearms Freedom Act include Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

MSSA president Gary Marbut has said he wants to manufacture a small, bolt-action youth-model rifle called the “Montana Buckaroo” for sale in Montana. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms told Marbut such a gun would be illegal under Montana law, prompting a lawsuit by the group against the U.S. attorney general.

Marbut said high court decisions dating back to 1942 dealing with certain interstate commerce need to be reversed. The request to the Supreme Court argues the rulings have allowed more concentration of power with the federal government, creating problems like more national debt and the potential for abuses of power.

“Without the centralization of so much regulatory power in the federal government, tyranny would be a lot less likely to occur,” the argument reads.

 

Warning shots?

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Firing a warning shot is not a real good idea.

When I was a Correctional Officer most of the towers around the prison

had pit into which a warning shot could be fired.

Two of the seven towers were not to fire a warning shot as  someone innocent could

be hurt or killed.

If you know the laws of your state you’re in a better position to know if they require

you to retreat or not.

Thanks to former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Hoosiers have a castle doctrine

and are not obligated to retreat even in a public area.

I carry mace and a collapsible baton so I have a less than lethal option. 

 

By Matt Schlueter, USACarry.com

Self-defense in America today is governed by individual state laws which vary from state to state across our nation. In some states the defender does not have to flee, in others the defender does not have to flee if they are in their own home, and some the defender has the duty to retreat the aggressor before using deadly force to defend themselves. With this complicated maze of state to state laws how does one know what to do?

For the above reasons it is very important for persons who incorporate firearms into their personal protection plans to attend a firearms training class on personal protection where there is also a legal portion taught. This way they can learn about their state laws and how they apply to them when considering the use of a firearm to defend their lives.

Unfortunately our society is full of misconceptions about what a person can and can’t do regarding self-defense passed on from one individual to another.

One such example was by Vice President Joe Biden during a January 13, 2013 interview he told our nation his opinion on self-defense and what to do if faced with a home invasion.

“Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” Biden went onto explain what he told his wife to do if faced with a home invasion. 

 “I said, `Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony … take that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,” Biden said. 

Joe later explained during the interview he learned his lessons on gun safety from his father, who was a hunter. 

To me it appears Joe gave this advice to his wife before he became Vice President and received a secret service detail to protect him and his family.

Follow along with me as we discuss warning shots and some of the possible legal issues if one was to decide to fire them to scare off a possible attacker.

“WARNING SHOTS?”

The NRA Personal Protection in the Home class covers the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and provides the information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense. This class also covers the simple fact – firearm used for self-defense, is a tool of last resort to defend their lives.

Every person who handles or fires a firearm must understand the importance of knowing what your muzzle is covering, and knowing where your round or shot will impact if it misses or passes through its target. You are legally responsible for every round you fire. In most states warning shots are prohibited in self-defense situations by law. This law is commonly known as a reckless discharge of a firearm.

Let’s take Joe Biden’s advice to his wife Jill in his scenario Jill fires off both barrels of Joe’s shotgun from out on the balcony. I am going out on a limb here and assume Joe left her with some good quality defensive rounds for his shotgun. When Jill fired off those the rounds, she is responsible for each projectile launched into the air. For shotguns it would be each pellet, this equates into about 12 individual rounds for typical self-defense loads with buckshot. They could travel quite a distance and it is unknown who could be injured or what property might be damaged upon impact.  Jill could be legally liable, both criminally and civilly, for every projectile that left the gun when she fired the warning shot or shots.

For those who would argue, lets shoot at the ground or other safer direction, I would like to point out the shooter is still responsible for those projectiles if they ricochet or change direction later impacting a person or object causing injury, death, or damage.

If you would chose to fire a warning shot, are you really in imminent fear of great bodily injury or death? If you possess a firearm to defend yourself from an imminent threat of great bodily injury or death, would you choose to fire a warning shot vs. shooting to stop the threat of imminent danger of great bodily injury and/or death.

Next, let’s be clear on deadly force

So let me be clear. Deadly force should only be used when there is a reasonable belief that it is necessary to defend your life, or that of another person in imminent danger of great bodily injury or death, from the use of deadly force. Necessity consists of two factors – imminent danger and the absence of safe alternatives. Imminent is described as a pending action; meaning immediate or instant. A safe alternative would be to avoid the confrontation.

In my state of South Dakota a citizen who fired a warning shot could face criminal charges and civil charges.

Readers I would like you to consider my article on why warning shots are not acceptable and in some states illegal. Look over the following news stories where citizens have been arrested and or convicted for firing warning shots when confronting criminals.

News Stories:

About the author:

Matt Schlueter is a retired Deputy Sheriff from the Lake County Sheriffs Office located in South Dakota with over 19 years of combined experience in corrections and law enforcement, and held the position of Firearms Instructor and DARE Officer with the Lake County Sheriffs Office till his retirement. He is also a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and owner/chief instructor of Schlueter Firearms Instruction. Matt’s goal is to provide the best information possible for those who share his interest in shooting firearms. Matt’s goals also include providing the best training courses possible for students who attend courses he is offering.

Visit USACarry.com for great advice and an equally great forum. Click here to visit them -> http://www.usacarry.com

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/27/warning-shots/#ixzz2gNSBq3u8

 

SEN. LANDRIEU SAYS S. DAKOTA BORDERS CANADA WHILE CALLING BORDER FENCE ‘DUMB’

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

I think it would be safe to say Mary The Moron Landrieu

failed geography.

I guess South Dakota borders Canada like Indiana borders Texas.

Is Mary The Moron the best Louisiana has to offer? 

 

 

While attempting to attack an amendment to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that would require a fence be built along Mexico’s border with the U.S. before legalization, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) made a significant geographical gaffe.

Landrieu, who represents Louisiana in the U.S. Senate, was trying to undermine the amendment Sen. John Thune (R-SD) offered. In doing so, she tried to argue Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was more qualified to talk about border issues than Thune because McCain represents Arizona.

“A smart fence, which is what Senator McCain and I want to build–since he’s from Arizona, I think he knows more about this than the Senator from South Dakota who only has a border with Canada and that is quite different,” Landrieu said.

South Dakota does not share a border with Canada. It does, however, share borders with North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Landrieu went on to argue that the 700-mile border double-fence that Congress passed into law a few years ago is a “dumb fence.” She said she would be “voting against” Thune’s amendment requiring the implementation of current law because of she thinks the fence is “dumb.”

“So I would be voting against Senator Thune’s amendment because I’m not going to waste taxpayer money on a dumb fence, and that’s what his amendment would be,” Landrieu said. “We need to build a smart fence and a fence is not just a physical structure which could be built out of a variety of different materials with or without barbed wire on the top.”

Thune came back to the floor after Landrieu’s comments to note that the Louisiana Democrat actually voted for the “dumb fence” a few years ago. “I would say in response to my colleague from Louisiana that we all voted for this,” Thune said.

“I mean this is not–she described it as a dumb fence. I guess I didn’t realize it was a dumb fence. I thought it was a commitment we made to the American people to get serious about securing the border,” Thune explained. “There are other ways—I would certainly concede—other ways in which we can combine manpower, technology, infrastructure along the border to make it more secure.”

Afterward, Landrieu came back to the floor to respond to Thune: “You are correct, I voted for the dumb fence once, I’m not going to do it again because I learned my mistake.”

South Dakota governor signs bill allowing armed teachers in the classroom

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This is from Fox News Politics.

It is time for all Governors that support freedom to do the same.

Banks, celebrities,politicians and sport venues have armed guards.

So why not our most precious possessions our children?

Our children deserve our protection.

 

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday signed a bill allowing teachers to carry guns in school, making his state the first to enact such a law since the Newtown shooting tragedy.

The bill was pushed by gun-rights supporters who say arming teachers could help prevent tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 students and six educators died. The law, which goes into effect July 1, will allow school districts to arm teachers and other personnel.

But the measure prompted intense debate in the capital, as several representatives of school boards, school administrators and teachers opposed the bill during committee testimony last month. They said the measure could make schools more dangerous, lead to accidental shootings and put guns in the hands of people who are not adequately trained to shoot in emergency situations.

The issue of guns in schools has been a contentious one. The National Rifle Association, several days after the Newtown shooting, proposed installing armed officers or guards in schools across America — an idea that was met with derision by gun control advocates. Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington have since moved ahead on gun control legislation, including an anti-trafficking measure that passed out of Senate committee Thursday — while at the state level, Republican-led states have tried to enhance gun-rights protections.

In South Dakota, main bill sponsor Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City, said earlier this week that he has received messages from a growing number of school board members and administrators who back it. Craig said rural districts do not have the money to hire full-time law officers, so they are interested in arming teachers or volunteers.

South Dakota doesn’t stand alone on this issue. For a dozen years, Utah has allowed teachers and others with concealed carry licenses to wear a gun in a public school. A couple of school districts in Texas have been given written authorization to allow guns in schools. And legislatures in other states, including Georgia, New Hampshire and Kansas, are working on measures similar to South Dakota’s.

The measure does not force a district to arm its teachers and would not force teachers to carry a gun.

On Monday, the South Dakota House voted 40-19 to accept the Senate version of the bill, which added a requirement that a school district must decide in a public meeting whether to arm teachers and others. Another Senate amendment allowed school district residents to push a school board’s decision to a public vote.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/08/sd-governor-signs-bill-allowing-teachers-to-be-armed/#ixzz2NBUDG781

 

20 things that went right on Election Day

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This is from Michelle Malkin.com.

In spite of Mitt Romney‘s loss there are some bright spots.

We need to regroup and concentrate on the 2014 midterm election.

We need to take the Senate the we can set the agenda.

 

 

1. Republicans retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

2. Voters in Alabama, Montana, and Wyoming all passed measures limiting Obamacare.

3. Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, one of the conservative movement’s brightest rising stars, overcame establishment GOP opposition to clinch a U.S. Senate victory in Texas.

4. Corruptocrat Beltway barnacle Rep. Pete Stark was finally kicked out of office in California.

5. Despite entrenched teachers’ union opposition, a charter school initiative in Washington state triumphed.

6. Despite entrenched Big Labor support, a radical collective bargaining power grab in Michigan failed.

7. Oklahoma voters said no to government race-based preferences in college admissions, public contracting, and government hiring.

8. Montana voters said no to boundless benefits for illegal aliens.

9. Washington state approved taxpayer-empowering limitations on its state legislature’s ability to raise taxes.

10. For the first time since Reconstruction, the GOP won control of the Arkansas state house.

11. Voters rejected tax hike ballot measures in Arizona, South Dakota, and Missouri.

12. Louisiana voted to protect gun rights.

13. Kentucky voted to protect hunting and fishing rights.

14. Parental notification for minors’ abortion prevailed in Montana.

15. North Carolina Republicans claimed the governor’s office, congressional gains, and control of the state’s general assembly.

16. Paul Ryan will return to Congress after winning re-election and continue to carry the torch for entitlement reform and budget discipline.

17. Conservatives won big victories in the Kansas state legislature.

18. Republicans won historic supermajorities in Tennessee.

19.Across the country, Republicans reached a post-2000 record number of gubernatorial victories.

20. Conservatives who were devastated by the national election results demonstrated how to lose with dignity and grace. There will be finger-pointing and recriminations and soul-searching, but committed activists can’t and won’t lose heart. We’ll regroup, recover, and keep fighting for our country.

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Our friend and commenter SteveEgg adds: “And you missed Rs retaking the WI Senate.”

21. Wisconsin: GOP wins back control of state government.

 

 

George McGovern dead at 90: Die-hard liberal drubbed by Nixon in 1972 election

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This is from Yahoo News.

George McGovern at the time was the biggest leftist to run for president.

McGovern has been out lefty by Barack Obama.

I shudder to think what damage McGovern would have done if elected.

Obama done more damage than George McGovern would have.

 

George McGovern, former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential nominee who ran against Richard Nixon in 1972, died early Sunday, his family said. He was 90.

“Our wonderful father passed away peacefully at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D., surrounded by our family and life-long friends,” his children said in a statement. “We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace. He continued giving speeches, writing and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer.”

McGovern, a three-term senator from South Dakota, ran a disastrous 1972 campaign, grabbing just 17 electoral votes on an anti-war platform. Nixon took 520–one of the biggest routs in American presidential election history.

Nixon, the incumbent, had just become ensnared in the Watergate scandal that would eventually throttle the White House, but McGovern “could not escape the embarrassing missteps of his own campaign of 1972,” the Associated Press said. “The most torturous was the selection of Missouri Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton as the vice presidential nominee and, 18 days later, following the disclosure that Eagleton had undergone electroshock therapy for depression, the decision to drop him from the ticket despite having pledged to back him ‘1,000 percent.'”

Eagleton was replaced with R. Sargent Shriver on McGovern’s ticket. The pair wound up with just 38 percent of the popular vote, carrying only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Via Time magazine:

The egalitarianism inherent in McGovern’s agenda seemed too radical to a country that still trembled after the perturbing 1960s, a decade of protests and social experimentation. Instead, Americans re-elected Richard Nixon with his promise of stability and his faith in individual endeavor, finding comfort in his evocation of Eisenhower era family values. Shortly after, the country would be rewarded for its choice with one of its worst political scandals—and Nixon would resign a presidency ravaged by Watergate.

“If we had run in ’74 instead of ’72, it would have been a piece of cake,” McGovern joked in 2005.

McGovern, “a slender, soft-spoken minister’s son newly elected to Congress … went to Washington as a 34-year-old former college history teacher and decorated bomber pilot in World War II,” David Rosenbaum, the late Washington correspondent for the New York Times, wrote in McGovern’s pre-written obituary published by the paper Sunday. (Rosenbaum died in 2006.)

The South Dakotan “thought of himself as a son of the prairie as well, with a fittingly flat, somewhat nasal voice and a brand of politics traceable to the Midwestern progressivism of the late 19th century. Elected to the Senate in 1962, Mr. McGovern left no special mark in his three terms, but he voted consistently in favor of civil rights and antipoverty bills, was instrumental in developing and expanding food stamp and nutrition programs, and helped lead opposition to the Vietnam War in the Senate.”

He lost a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968, but gained momentum in the 1972 primary.

[Related: McGovern an unwavering, often unrequited, liberal]

The 1972 Democratic National Convention, however, was “filled with intramural wrangling and speeches that verged on filibusters,” the AP said. “By the time McGovern delivered his climactic speech accepting the nomination, it was 2:48 a.m., and with most of America asleep, he lost his last and best chance to make his case to a nationwide audience.”

More from the AP:

He’d had enough when a young man at the airport fence in Battle Creek, Mich., taunted that Nixon would clobber him. McGovern leaned in and said quietly: “I’ve got a secret for you. Kiss my ass.” A conservative Senate colleague later told McGovern it was his best line of the campaign.

McGovern, the Los Angeles Times said, was a “liberal standard-bearer,” “a war hero who opposed the Vietnam War” and “a die-hard idealist [who] inspired scores of budding politicians.”

His campaign left a significant legacy, including his proposals, since fulfilled, that women be appointed to the Supreme Court and nominated for the vice presidency. He inspired scores of budding politicians: Bill Clinton was his Texas coordinator before becoming governor of Arkansas, then president. Gary Hart was his campaign manager before becoming a senator from Colorado, then a candidate for the White House.

McGovern was a die-hard idealist. His electoral loss embittered him, but not for long. He never abandoned his optimism or his faith in humanity. Neither did he give up his devotion to liberalism or what colleagues called his extraordinary sense of decency.

“For many years, I wanted to run for the presidency in the worst possible way,” he said at a 1973 dinner. “And last year, I sure did.”

McGovern won re-election to the Senate in 1974, losing a bid for a fourth term in 1980. He made another presidential bid, in 1984, but lost the Democratic nomination to Walter Mondale.

He taught at several schools, including Columbia and Northwestern University, during his post-Senate career, and was appointed ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome by President Bill Clinton. And in 2001, McGovern was named the first United Nations global ambassador on hunger.

 

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