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Why I shot at President Gerald Ford 34 years on, Sara Jane Moore explains her bid for revolution

Why I shot at President Gerald Ford 34 years on, Sara Jane Moore explains her bid for revolution

By Mail Foreign Service Updated: 10:16 GMT, 29 May 2009
At the age of 79, Sara Jane Moore looks like everyone’s favourite grandmother.
But 34 years ago, be-spectacled Moore attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.
A bystander knocked the pistol from er hand, the bullet missed its target and Moore spent the next 32 years in prison reflecting on her actions.
Yesterday, in her first TV interview since she was released on parole in 2007, the former accountant explained why she had tried to tried to kill Ford outside a San Francisco hotel.
Change: Sara Jane Moore yesterday and a prison mugshot taken in July 1977 – two years after her assassination attempt on Gerald Ford in San Francisco
Moore said she had believed at the time that America needed to change, that this could be done only through a violent revolution and that shooting the president would provide the spark.
She now realises her actions were ‘wrong . . . a serious error’.
Moore was 45, had married and divorced five times and had four children when she made her assassination attempt less than three weeks after another woman had tried and failed.
She was jailed for life and has lived in an undisclosed location since her release. Ford died aged 93 in 2006.
It was in prison, said Moore, 2019 Air Jordan 13 “Cap and Gown” All Black For Sale that ‘gradually I began to realise that I had let myself be used’.
She told NBC’s Today programme: ‘I definitely think that it was wrong. I think I was misled. I think I was mistaken. I think I made a serious error.’
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September 22, 1975: Ford , who became the only unelected U.S. president after Nixon’s resignation, looks up as the shot is fired at the St Francis Hotel
Why I shot at President Gerald Ford 34 years on, Sara Jane Moore explains her bid for revolution
Moore, who had been loosely associated with Leftist groups in California, said she ‘wasn’t prepared’ for the things she learned about the extent of poverty in the U.S. and other problems.
‘It was a time that people don’t remember. You know, we had a war, the Vietnam War, you became – I became – immersed in it.
‘We were saying the country needed to change. The only way it was going to change was a violent revolution.
‘I genuinely thought that might trigger that new revolution in this country.’
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