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By CJ Schriber
Staff Writer

In case you were unaware of the anniversary
that has only recently passed,
Friday, Nov. 22 marked the 50th anniversary
of one of the most tragic events
in American history. I speak, of course,
about the John F. Kennedy assassination,
which took place in Dallas, Texas
in 1963.
There are many theories, some being
pretty legitimate and more than a few
coming off like crackpot conspiracy,
that have been thrown around since
that fateful day all the way back then.
The prevailing opinion regarding who
took the beloved president’s life on that
early afternoon is that Lee Harvey Oswald,
accused communist sympathizer,
fired the fatal bullet that hit Kennedy
point blank in the head. Apparently,
he was staking out in a book depository
across the way from the street
that Kennedy’s motorcade was slowly
navigating down on an opportunistic
publicity tour, one which Kennedy
and his advisors decided to embark
on in order to garner support for the
incumbent leader’s all-but-guaranteed
In discussing the events of Nov. 22,
1963, many people will shortchange
all the possibilities that could have explained
the assassination. For instance,
there seems to be a lot of evidence that
would complicate the theory that there
was a lone gunman, Oswald, firing a
gun from the book depository window.
One theory that many people like to
bring up when cornered by countless
appeals to the Oswald theorem is the
presence of a “magic bullet.” If indeed
Lee Harvey Oswald was the only one
who was responsible for the assassination
of JFK, this would mean that he
was the only one firing a rifle. Now,
following this logic, one rifle can only
fire one bullet in the time that elapses
between Kennedy being shot in the
neck and John Connally, who was the
governor of Texas at the time, being
wounded. Many have watched the
disturbing Zapruder footage numerous
times. We see that Kennedy clearly has
the back of his head blown out while
Jackie Kennedy tries her best to struggle
towards the open arms of Secret
Service and her husband’s advisors.
Amazingly, if real-world physics
are to apply to this case, which they
definitely should since we were still
on planet Earth in 1963, there does not
seem to be any sound explanation for
the course the rifle’s bullet took in hitting
both Kennedy and Connally.
In order for the bullet to have
cleanly traveled through Kennedy’s
neck, instantly killing him, and hitting
Connally in both the chest and thigh,
that bullet would have had to cleanly
penetrate multiple layers of clothing,
skin, and bone. It is one thing to pose
a theory that lacks legitimate evidence
and have that hypothesis be rendered a
conspiracy, but facts do remain facts.
When faced with the facts of the
shooting and the ‘lone bullet’ thesis,
which would prove that it was in fact
Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone in
assassinating Kennedy, the theory itself
begins to look like a crackpot explanation
for what really happened that day.
I mean, when thinking about how the
Warren Commission, which was the
assembly responsible for leading the
investigation into the murder, handled
their supposed analysis of the events,
it is difficult to take their conclusion
seriously. For instance, when the Warren
Commission attempted to bring the
constant theorizing to an end, they simply
stated the investigation could come
to a clean-cut ending because there was
“persuasive evidence from the experts”
that Kennedy and Connally were mortally
wounded by one bullet, which was
supposedly magic, rendering all else
fine and dandy.
Something worth bringing up is that,
back in 1963, America was still in the
backwoods as far goes internet access
and the extent of media coverage we
now seem to take for granted. At the
time, it would have been easy for a
government-appointed agency like
the Warren Commission to hogwash
a report and disseminate it among the
masses as if it were legitimate investigative
Now, we do have the internet,
investigative journalists, alternative
news sites, and everything else antimainstream
media. Over the years,
especially in the last twenty, there have
been various theories that have sprung
to the surface discussing alternate paths
in the ultimate search for who killed
Yes, it could have been Oswald, but,
as history’s events show, it could have
been a whole slew of others as well.
Keep in mind that Kennedy, while
being one of the most admired heads
of state ever, had his fair share of
This man single-handedly got the
United States into the Bay of Pigs invasion,
evaded nuclear disaster during the
Cuban Missile Crisis, and was charged
with persuading the American people
the Vietnam War was more than just a
nefarious farce, and you are going to
tell me that the only one possibly responsible
for his murder was a virtually
unknown lone wolf?
Get out of here, because I still do not
fully buy it. What we should do, however,
is use this anniversary to remember
a remarkable man who showed that
American leadership does not need to
be steeped in controversy and corruption
and that authority, no matter
how ‘official’ the reports may be, can
always be questioned.

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