The assassination of our 35th President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy has been spoken of, lectured on, and argued about since that tragic and fateful day on November 22, 1963. JFK, or Jack as he was known, was a popular and well-liked politician of the people.
Was his popularity the reason so many conspiracy theories about a cover up took place? Was it because so few of our elected officials, the presidency in particular, been part of murder plots? There are many reasons, but if you believe that there haven’t been that many attempts on the lives of presidents, you may be in for a surprise.
According to a quick Google or Wikipedia search, assassination attempts have not been as infrequent as we’ve been led to believe. Of course, we know that four sitting presidents have been assassinated. Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, and of course, John F. Kennedy.
What you may not be aware of is how many attempts have so far been made. Thirty-three attempts have been made on various presidents. Four attempts were successful but only two presidents were wounded yet still survived their assassination attempts.
Theodore Roosevelt, who was not president at the time but campaigning for a third term, was shot in the chest by John Flammang Schrack on October 14th, 1912. The man was arrested and found mentally unfit and therefore hospitalized until his death in 1943. Amazingly, Roosevelt did not go to the hospital after being shot. He delivered his 81-minute speech before letting anything take a look at him.
The second president to be wounded during an assassination attempt was Ronald Reagan. On March 30th, 1980, John Hinckley Jr. opened fire on the president and several others surrounding him. All survived, though House Press Secretary James Brady was so severely injured that when he died in 2014, the medical examiners listed his death as homicide due to the brain damage caused by the bullet that struck him.
So why haven’t we been so involved in all these other attempts. Why are we not currently concerned with fairly recent attempts on former presidents Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton and Bush?
What is it about the JFK assassination that has so many people convinced that there was a cover-up by our own government? Since the formation of the FBI and CIA there has been such an obsession with secret keeping and spying that it’s the most likely reason American don’t want to take their word for anything.
Especially not the death of one of the most popular presidents in nation’s history. (And no, I ain’t talking about Biden) Besides, if it turns out that the FBI, CIA, DOJ, and the rest of the acronym brigade have been lying to US citizens about JFK’s assassin, what else have they lied to us about?
While ZeroHedge reported that 1,491 documents have been released or mostly redacted, there are still well over 10,000 pages left. Frustratingly those documents are not set to be released until December of 2022 because the FBI and CIA in particular have been convincing presidents for years that the information contains matters of national security.
This has apparently frustrated many “JFK researchers” as ZeroHedge reports:
JFK researchers have expressed frustration over the latest release of documents, with some saying that the records do not contain new revelations that could radically reshape the public’s understanding of the events surrounding Kennedy’s assassination.
“It’s always ‘the next time,’” the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, a leading scholar of the assassination, told CNN, referring to Biden’s October order stating that the remaining files won’t be released until at least next fall.
Larry Schnapf, a lawyer and assassination researcher, said he plans to file a lawsuit against the Biden administration for not releasing the documents in full.
“We will be seeking a court order instructing the President to release the remaining records or to disclose the specific identifiable harm posed by each document sought to be postponed and how such alleged harm outweighs the strong public interest in the release of these records, which were supposed to have been released by Oct. 26, 2017,” Schnapf told reporters in an email on Tuesday.
The Warren Commission in 1964 concluded that Oswald had been the lone gunman, and another congressional probe in 1979 found no evidence to support the theory that the CIA had been involved. But other interpretations have persisted.
We’ll just have to wait and see if there’s another setback next year. Below is video from Fox reporting on the documents and what’s been discovered from them.