Monday, May 22, 2006

Tables of Presidential Assassinations

I do not want any president killed, not even the current boy king. Still, it's amazing when you see how many unsuccessful and successful assassinations there have been against both presidents (JFK through Bush) and candidates (Wallace, RFK). The Congressional Research Service has compiled a six-page report on Presidential assassination attempts (PDF). In addition, heaven only knows how many cases are not in this list because the Secret Service has detected or scared off a potential attacker before it became serious.

Naturally, I wouldn't want to offend any NRA folks out there — I like guns, honest injun — but there is one obvious, common thread in all but one of these attempts.

Give up?

Ok, a hint: no U.S. president has ever been killed in a bout of swordplay.


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