The 40th anniversay of Malcolm X's death led me to wonder about the disappearance of assassination from the American scene. I obviously haven't forgotten about Hinkley, and one of my explanations deals with him a little. The rest of this is almost a verbatim comment I left at the apostropher in response to his post on Malcolm X. What lessons can be learned from the lack of assassinations in the United States since 1970?
Some possibilities:
The civil rights movement was very successful, after success it stopped being such a visible target.
Security has improved at a faster rate than the ability of assassins.
Despite a lot of talk otherwise, the country isn't nearly as divided as it was in the late 60's and far fewer people consider assassination a possible way of achieving their political goals.
The Illuminati has strongly cracked down on assassinations after too much back and forth killing decimated their ranks.
Not sure if that last part works as a joke, since most American assassination victims can't be plausibly imagined, even in a fictional Illuminati run world, as being on opposing sides of a massive conspiracy.