JFK Assassination by Bryce Barnewolt and Josh Yarbrough

JFK Assassination

By Bryce Barnewolt and Josh Yarbrough

Period 6


At 12:30 pm on Friday, November 22nd, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in the Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.  Kennedy was fatally shot twice in a motorcade carrying him along with his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally’s wife, Nellie.  JFK was first shot in the upper back which penetrated his neck, and then a second shot which hit the rear of his head.  Fragments of his skull and brain landed on the interior of the car and on the trunk.  Governor Connally was also shot in the chest, but would go on to live.  After Kennedy was shot, he slumped over towards his wife, who immediately leaned over the back seat to get aid from Secret Service Special Agent Clint Hill.  Although the car quickly headed towards the nearby hospital, Kennedy would die around 1:00 pm.

Though there are many conspiracies, the said to be assassin of Kennedy was Lee Harvey Oswald.  Many investigations proved that Oswald fired three rifle shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.  Oswald hid his gun under boxes and fled from the depository after a short altercation.  Dallas Patrolman J.D. Tippit met up with Oswald around 1:15 pm in a car.  He then was shot four times after exiting the car.  Many witnesses said Oswald left his car with a revolver.  At around 1:40 pm, Lee Harvey Oswald was captured by the police who were alerted after Oswald snuck into the Texas Theatre without paying.


So What?

The result of the John F. Kennedy assassination was that the American dream for John F. Kennedy was gone.  Even though the president was assassinated, the U.S. citizens still loved and respected him.  People feared their safety after the assassination because the most protected man in the United States of America had been assassinated.  Just like any other assassination of a U.S. president, the vice president would step in and take his place if the tragedy took effect.  As a result of this assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president of the United States of America on Air Force One hours after John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  To most U.S. citizens, Lyndon B. Johnson was no John F. Kennedy.  John F. Kennedy was loved for many reasons.  A reason that JFK was loved was his effectiveness of using television broadcasts to speak live to the American people.  His charisma was very attractive to numerous Americans as well.  The JFK fans will always love and respect the role model that they once looked up to.


Now What?

Now that we are in the year of 2014, we still care and are still learning about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  We still care and are still learning about the assassination of John F. Kennedy because he was one of four U.S. presidents who were assassinated.  He is also the most recent president who was assassinated.  Assassination can still easily happen today.  Assassination today is less probable than in the past because of the great technology and security/protection we have today.  President Obama wears a bulletproof vest when he goes out in public to protect his chest and heart from possible assassins.  The vest is probably very effective because he is the most powerful man in the United States and will protect him from bullets that are aimed at his chest.  It is probably not enough because his head is in the open just like JFK’s was on November 22nd, 1963.  If you think about it though, it is not possible to protect the president’s head.  Hopefully, the bulletproof vest is enough and no one will even think about shooting one of our U.S. presidents.