This is a tale of how times have changed.
Flashback to Sept. 22, 1975
Oliver W. “Billy” Sipple, a decorated Marine and a disabled Vietnam veteran, automatically reacts when he sees a woman, Sarah Jane Moore, pull a shiny object from her purse and point it at President Gerald Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel at Union Square.
“The bitch has a gun!” he shouts as he lunges for the weapon, which discharges and misses its target.
Sipple would go down in history as the innocent bystander who saved the life of President Ford.
Flash-forward to Jan. 8, 2011