Ok...here's a touchy subject.....Assassinations.
While it is highly illegal and morally questionable........are the days of assassinations over here in the U.S. ?? The last attempted assassination
was of Pres. Reagan back on March 30, 1981. and there has not been another attempt on a President since.
Is it that the ones who attempt such acts now know it to be folly ?....or does it have to do with the "dumbing down" of America.
To a certain degree it appears that political extremists have opted for a more civil approach to issues that plague them.
Over the years there have been 6 attempts on The President as follows:
Andrew Jackson - On January 1, 1835, Andrew Jackson was attending a funeral for Congressman Warren Davis. Richard Lawrence, attempted to shoot him
with two different derringers, each of which misfired. He was tried for the attempted assassination but was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He
spent the rest of his life in an insane asylum.
Theodore Roosevelt - An assassination attempt was actually not made on Roosevelt's life while he was in the office of president. Instead, it occurred
after he had left office and decided to run for another term against William Howard Taft. While campaigning on October 14, 1912, he was shot in the
chest by John Schrank, a mentally disturbed New York saloonkeeper. Luckily, Roosevelt had a speech and his spectacle case in his pocket that slowed
down the .38 caliber bullet. The bullet was never removed but allowed to heal over.
Franklin Roosevelt - After giving a speech in Miami on February 15, 1933, Giuseppe Zangara shot six shots into the crowd. None hit Roosevelt though
the Mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak was shot in the stomach. Zangara blamed wealthy capitalists for his plights and those of other working people. He
was convicted of attempted murder and then after Cermak's death due to the shooting he was retried for murder. He was executed by electric chair in
Harry Truman - On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationals attempted to kill President Truman to bring attention to the case for Puerto Rican
independence. The President and his family were staying at the Blair House across from the White House and the two attempted assassins, Oscar Collazo
and Griselio Torresola, tried to shoot their way into the house. Torresola killed one and wounded another policeman while Collazo wounded one
policeman. Torresola died in the gunfight. Collazo was arrested and sentenced to death which Truman commuted to life in prison. Carter freed Collazo
from prison in 1979.
Gerald Ford - Ford escaped two assassination attempts, both by women. First on September 5, 1975, Lynette Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson,
pointed a gun at him but did not fire. She was convicted of attempting to assassinate the president and sentenced to life in prison. The second
attempt on Ford's life occurred on September 22, 1975 when Sara Jane Moore fired one shot that was deflected by a bystander. Moore was trying to
prove herself to some radical friends with the assassination of the president. She was convicted of attempted assassination and sentenced to life in
Ronald Reagan - March 30, 1981, Reagan was shot in the lung by John Hinckley, Jr. Hinckley hoped that by assassinating the president, he would earn
enough notoriety to impress Jodie Foster. He was arrested but found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was sentenced to life in a mental
The major question is....will it happen again ?? and if not what has caused the extremists in general to shy away from it ?
Anyone have a thought on this ?
(The above post is NOT an a approval of such acts.....but merely a topic of discussion)
[edit on 6-11-2007 by Alpha Grey]