Singe Bullet Theory Essay

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November 22, 1963 is a day that will forever be a mystery. This was the day that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The Warren Commission says that the killer was Lee Harvey Oswald, a Soviet defector who sympathized with the Communists in Russia and Cuba. However, many Americans believe that Oswald couldn 't have done this alone. Theories range from multiple gunmen, to the shots being fired from a different location, as well as those who agree with the Warren Commission. The following information will help to educate you on the events that took place on that infamous day. President John F. Kennedy made a trip to Dallas, Texas, where he was scheduled to give a speech at the Dallas Trade Mart on that fateful …show more content…
This theory states that a single bullet entered the back of Kennedy’s neck and passed through it. It then proceeded to pass through Governor Connally’s chest and wrist before finally becoming lodged in his thigh. The logistics of this theory seem crazy to some, making this theory easily criticized. However, according to a NOVA special on the Kennedy assassination, no aspect of the single bullet theory has been disproven. For example, arguments have been made that it was impossible for the bullet to pass through so many layers of skin, clothing, and bone, without deformation. Tests performed during the program showed that bullets fired through more layers of ballistics gel showed less deformation then those fired through smaller amounts. Ballistics gel was also used to silence critics of another aspect of the single bullet theory. Critics say that the amount of changes in direction that the bullet would have had to cause all wounds to the President and the governor is impossible. In reality, ballistics gel showed that bullets fired through skin do not fire straight through, they arc and change direction, making this theory possible. One final aspect of the theory criticized is that it was impossible for Oswald to fire three shots and hit two of them in the approximately six seconds where he had a clear line of sight. In 1967, CBS news conducted a test at …show more content…
Kennedy will forever live on as one of the worst days in American history. His charisma and leadership had positively changed this country for the short time that he was in office, and who knows what he could have done if he was able to finish his term and continue as a post Presidential figure. Kennedy’s legacy lives on through The Civil Rights Bill, NASA, the Boys and Girls Club, and many other programs that he supported. His legacy is represented by the Eternal Flame located at his grave in Arlington National Cemetery. This everlasting flame is a symbol to the mystery surrounding Kennedy’s assassination and has been burning since that fateful day in Dallas. President Kennedy did not die in vain, positive measures have been taken to ensure the security of the U.S. President, so that a tragedy like this will not happen

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