The effect an assassination on the public has, in each case, been an overwhelming sense of loss, and the need to understand why. The fear that accompanied the assassination of John F. Kennedy was in many ways about the loss of hope, and the loss of a foundational part of the American sense of democracy. The death of a president rocks the foundation of what individuals know, and how they perceive the world around them.(1) Nevadans in general, and UNR students in particular had a unique experience of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They were in the middle of their college experience, and many were very connected to the political atmosphere of the time. John F. Kennedy had been a part of their political experience, and in many cases had run in the first election for which they were eligible to vote.(2)