A Country of Guns: Assassination Throughout History

Monday, January 10, 2011

The weekend’s shooting reminds us how common assassination attempts on politicians are in our country. And while people spar back and forth about whether Jared Loughner is crazy or whether he is political, there’s another conversation to be had: Why does radicalism become attractive to people? And how has the brew of high-voltage rhetoric, accessibility of weapons, and a dash of encouragement lead people to commit atrocious acts that, at times, have drastically changed the course of our nation? 

Douglas Brinkley is a historian and a professor at Rice University and author of "The Wilderness Warrior" and "The Great Deluge." He brings historical perspective to the tragic event.


Douglas Brinkley

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.