Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
The twentieth century has not been very tranquil or serene. Seldom does a week go by that we are not confronted by the news of violent acts of apparent random killing, rape, kidnapping, spousal abuse, abuse of the elderly, child abuse and neglect, or murder. There have been a multitude of traumatic events. It appears that violence is escalating in our lives and in the lives of those we love. Perhaps the violence we encounter in our lives does not always appear in banner headlines. Sometimes it does appear as a headline for a brief period, but it neither affects as many people nor receives the same notoriety over a lengthy period.
This chapter presents some of the events that occur daily, maybe not to us personally, but they still affect us. How can we as individuals not care when we read about children being neglected, sexually abused, or murdered by their family members or caretakers. Do we not identify with the wife or husband when we read that a husband has killed his wife and their three children because she has been unable to contend with his verbal and physical abuse and leaves him, seeking a divorce? Aren't we concerned about our children's exposure to drugs and violence in schools and with their peers? We are, of course, very concerned when we read of "gangs" who shoot and kill innocent young boys and girls because they were thought to be members of a "rival" gang. The police in most metropolitan cities are understaffed, overworked, and underpaid. They try to do the best they can, but they can only do so much.
In the November 6, 1996, Los Angeles Times, Boyer wrote, "A former city electrician was found guilty of slaying four city workers. He faces the death penalty after being convicted of killing four of his supervisors at the city's downtown technical center. Police said that he went to the communications area, where he worked as a radio repairman. He had an angry discussion there with someone about his performance and left, returning shortly with a Glock semiautomatic pistol. He