JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Our country has been called again to bow in sorrow and, at the same
time, in humiliation. In sorrow, because an honest, laborious, well-meaning
patriotic public servant has been murderously assaulted while doing his duty,
and this without any cause whatsoever. In humiliation, because here, in this
land of free speech, of free press, and of democratic government, where the
poorest has as much to say who shall be ruler as the most wealthy; here, where
the ruler is as a brother to the poorest citizen, where despotism is unknown
and liberty in its broadest sense is the heritage and the right of all; here
the anarchistic assassin plies his accursed work and excuses his deed by calling
it a righteous one.
THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF THE PRESIDENT.. JAMA. 2001;286(10):1148. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1148