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Friday, 27 November, 2020

From a Shooter's Perspective — The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Final part of three)

Date: 15 November, 2017

By: Chief

To read part one.

To read part two.

Imageicking up where we left off —

I suggest those of you interested watch the video several times. If you do you shall see a pattern emerge. A pattern which is both involuntary and a fact of physical law, a law which no one can escape from or is immune too — the law of inertia.

Please attend to the fact that purportedly Oswald is both above and behind the vehicle carrying President Kennedy when he commences to fire. The pattern or actions of the president goes like this:

Horrid, ugly, vile. Those are but a few of the words which come to my mind. Violent death is never pretty.

What is important here, however, is the immensely important fact that the (basically) deceased president's body acted or performed precisely as a dead body (the rag doll effect) would if the fatal shot came from the front or left front. Which is where the shooter would have to be in order for the shot to cause the president's body to move (snapped or thrown back) in the manner it did.

Hence, no body, alive or dead, can escape the consequences of Newton's law of inertia.

Actions of a bullet

I am in no way going to discuss the actions of a bullet upon impact. The reason for this is simple enough — the variances of bullet action upon impact are so different as to be ludicrous. Bullet actions are different with every bullet and with every impact. You just never know what a bullet is going to do until after it has done it. Nuff said.

Without doubt, there are certain aspects of a bullet which occur:

These actions are courtesy of Newton's second law — Net force is equal to the rate of change of momentum. Key-rist, what a mouthful (or keyboard full).

When a rifle, pistol or shotgun is fired the:

I do hope y'all got that because the next part is very, very important (see I told y'all shouldn't have slept through elementary physics class).

Now when a bullet completely leaves the barrel of a weapon five things happen to the bullet — none of them are good. These five things are:

The same thing happens with airplanes in flight. Everything is great — until the engines run out of gas and quit. At that point the airplane is no longer an airplane in flight — it is now a man made metal rock. Until such time as it crashes into the Earth. Then it is just a mangled mess of man made metal. Sometimes the truth just really sucks.

The rifle

Prior to usage, a rifle, any rifle must be what is called 'sighted in'. Okay, just what does this do:

That was a bit simplistic but the point is this — if a rifle is not properly sighted in the shooter might as well fire the damn thing with his eyes closed. As he has absolutely no idea where the bullet will go.

Now the most important part of that short list is "at a given range." Anything:

How "high" or "low" primarily depends upon the distance "before" or "past" the "given range." There are other variables of course which are about as important and a competent shooter knows these. The point is this — properly sighting a rifle in is absolutely critical.

A few other facts

The human skull is not an enormous target. Furthermore, being the target is alive and animated, the shooter simply cannot know, with any degree of certainty, when he squeezes the trigger, will the target still be at the exact same place at time of bullet impact. If the target has moved during the interim — the shooter ends up with, at best, a fatally wounded target or, at worst, a completely missed target.

In the case of President Kennedy, as I stated earlier, the president was:

There is no tougher a shot. Period.

In physical size the average human adult male skull is approximately:

And remember this — as the vehicle is pulling away from the shooter the target is continually getting — smaller. Thus, making the target easier to wound or miss entirely.

The shooter's condition

What I mean by that is the shooter's:

state before and during the action.

One of the most common problems for a shooter to overcome is excitement. That rush you can get when you are on the verge of winning an important competitive match. Well let me tell y'all the one thing you don't want to get is a rush as a shooter. Either from excitement or being scared or a case of the butterflies.

The problem with a rush from excitement or being scared or just getting a case of the butterflies in the pit of your stomach is two bad things happen to the shooter. These two bad things are:

Both can cause the shooter to miss the target or, at a minimum, not shoot as well. Hence, as one can obviously tell, neither do the shooter any good.

But it can and does happen. Every competitive shooter I know, myself included, has had it happen. It can be controlled and good shooters know how to control it. Indeed, good shooters can and do, believe it or not, control, to a large degree, their heart rate. And believe this — the slower the heart rate — the better.

That pulse, while absolutely critical to life itself, causes the weapon to jump a very little bit. But the longer the distance — the more pronounced the jump. In other words if the target is fairly close the jump, while still being there, will not move the sight(s) as much. At the same time at long range that little jump can move the sight(s) almost off the target. Hence, the sole reason for controlling heart rate is to minimize muzzle hop or jump.

The same holds absolutely true for not becoming mentally distracted. A shooter can ill afford that problem as it leads to bad decisions about firing the weapon and a host of other things as well. Concentrating on the issue at hand tends to rectify this problem and it helps reduce the heart rate as well.


Well there you have it folks. Fact and nothing less as to why Oswald could not and did not do what has been claimed he did. What has been claimed of Oswald — as you have read — defies three critical laws of physics. Laws which have stood the test of time for literally — centuries.

The 'whodunit' and the 'whytheydunit' questions are way outside my realm of experience and expertise. Furthermore, I really don't care.

Final fact — A murder was committed and to date nobody has been brought to justice for that murder.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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