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stopbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:44 AM
Response to Reply #401
405. IF Oswald shot while the limo was still on Houston
Edited on Tue Nov-25-08 10:48 AM by stopbush
he would have been looking face on at the following: two SS agents in the front seat, one directly in front of JFK; Connally in a jump seat set 6 inches in from the side of the car (not a foot as I previously wrote) with his wife seated next to him; JFK seated behind all of them with Jackie next to him. In other words, Oswald would have been looking at a target that had multiple people in front of it, people who were both stationary in their respective seats but also moving around a bit as people do when chatting in a moving car.

Now, Oswald could have decided to shoot the driver to stop the car, but that would have set the SS into action. JFK would have ducked behind the seat and the shooting probably would have failed. While I can agree with you that "very few things get in the way of a scoped rifle," most targets don't have an army of SS agents hovering about them willing to take a bullet if needs must. Surely, Oswald realized that this was going to be a very difficult plot to pull off, even under the most-favorable circumstances. He probably couldn't believe his "luck" when he saw the limo turn onto Houston.

You ask: "How did Oswald know there wouldn't be SS on board the Presidents vehicle, and how did he know there was no bubble top on it?"

Of course, he didn't. He knew no such thing. Had the SS been riding the rear bumper or walking along the side of the car, had the bubble top been on the car, he may have decided not to shoot at all. Or, he could have decided to just shoot anybody in the plaza who was a clear target. There was no guarantee that the motorcade route wouldn't be changed yet again to avoid the TBD. No, this was a crime of opportunity, and unfortunately for everybody but Oswald, circumstances aligned in the most tragic way imaginable.

Oswald no doubt went to work determined to kill JFK, but he was given a major assist in that department by the particular circumstances of that particular day. If everyone involved had it to do over, JFK would have survived that day. Most likely, Oswald would have never even taken a single shot.

The fact that the assassination took place was not a matter of probability. It was a matter of possibility.

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