With all the talk about right wing rhetoric leading to the Tucson Massacre, I decided to look into assassinations of Presidents in the US and the political affiliations of the assassins.
Abraham Lincoln - the first US President to be assassinated. Shot by John Wilkes Booth, a radical Southern Democrat that vehemently fought FOR slavery as most democrats had done. It was the official democrat party mission to preserve the institution of slavery at all costs.
James A Garfield - Shot by Charles J. Guiteau. Political affiliation could not be determined. Appears he shot Garfield out of misplaced frustration with his employment status and being denied a meeting with the President.
William McKinley - assassinated by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz.
John F Kennedy - Assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, a pro-Cuban communist and ultra left wing radical. Kennedy was a moderate democrat. In today's political climate, he would be considered a blue dog democrat, just like Gabrielle Giffords.
There are many attempts and two Presidents died of disease now suspected of being intentionally infected by food contamination.
It is also peculiar that most of the Presidents assassinated were Republican. The lone exception being John F Kennedy.
With the exception of one assassin, they were radical left wing zealots. The one assassin not considered left wing did not assassinate for political reasons. He was distressed and unemployed. After asking for a meeting with President Garfield, he was denied and felt rebuffed and offended.
One attempt was made on George H. W. Bush. In the employ of Saddam Hussein, sixteen men attempted to kill the former President in Kuwait for his intervention in Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.
Several attempts on George W. Bush were also made. One resembled the same model used to assassinate an Afghan freedom fighter. Assassins posing as reporters attempted to gain access to Bush on 9-11-2001 at 6:00 AM. It was only after the attacks of 9-11 did anyone in the secret service realize the possibility of an attempt modeled after the Ahmed Mahmoud assassination.
There were two threats made on Candidate Obama. One by a trio of white supremacists who were known meth addicts. The cavalier attitude of the men gave their plot away and they had no real chance of carrying it out. They planned to commit the act in Denver at the DNC. Another plot in Tennessee was also part of a larger plot to kill more African Americans.