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Source: New Jersey Law Journal
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 10
Pagination: 673-74

[untitled]. New Jersey Law Journal Oct. 1901 v24n10: pp. 673-74.
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McKinley assassination (personal response).
Named persons
William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt.



     Mr. McKinley died on September 14, eight days after the two bullets of an assassin had been fired at him, when he was shaking hands with [673][674] the people in the Pan-American Exposition. Everybody knows the story of the shooting, the hoped-for recovery, the relapse, the death, the mourning, the state funeral, the interment at Canton, and the assumption of power by President Roosevelt. How well the lesson will be learned that law is not yet able, in this country or any other, to prevent assassinations and other high crimes we do not know. Attempts will be made, and properly, in many states, to pass laws to repress the carrying of concealed weapons, and especially to prevent the meeting together of men banded to strike at the vitals of government. Foes of all government seem to abound, especially in the large cities, and certainly they will not be permitted to congregate and to promote and publish at will their pernicious doctrines. For why should they? A government of law can only stand when it is founded upon a respect for law. But, alas! there can be no legal panacea for similar crimes in the future. Murders will never cease while men are depraved. We have plenty of laws to repress such acts of crime as this at Buffalo, but they are of no effect on fiends in human shape. It is a sad commentary on our civilization that thrice within forty years this nation, which is the freest of oppression under the skies, has had its chief ruler assassinated. Not one monarchy can show such a record as that.



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