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The Rifleman

Updated on December 3, 2010

Previously I have looked at the lone gunman.  With one exception the lone gunman uses a handgun.  Which leads to the question; who uses a rifle?

On June 11,1963 Medgar Evers, a state field secretary of the NAACP was shot as he stepped out of his car.  The used was a bolt action rifle.  It was left in the snipers nest near the scene.

As racial murders go this was unusual.  Racial murders tended to be blatant and bloody.  The use of a rifle in murder in general tends to be either close up as with family murders or a mass killing involving random victims.  The choice of a specific victim makes this murder stand out.

On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King was shot while standing on the balcony of his hotel room.  The shooter was some distance away and no one saw him take the shot.  Later a snipers nest was discovered with a rifle equipped with a telescopic sight.

On August 25, 1967 George Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party was shot and killed by a sniper firing from the roof of a building.  The sniper was quickly captured.

On March 6, 1978, Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine was shot while entering the courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia where he was being tried on charges of obscenity.  He was struck by a single sniper's bullet.  While no one has been charged with the crime, Joseph Paul Franklin, convicted of several other slayings, has confessed to the crime.  Mr. Franklin said that Mr. Flynt's magazine showed interracial couples and this offended him, in other words his motive was racism. 

When we look over these few incidents we find that they are remarkable for the lone victim.. Most victims of a rifle assault are one of many, but in these incidents they are very specific lone victims.  Three of the victims were promoters of racial equality.   It would appear that each time the assailant was a white racist.

The murders of Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King resemble the Kennedy murder in that a snipers nest was identified with each killing.  The weapon in each case was a bolt action rifle that was left behind at the scene.  Were the later murders of JFK and Martin Luther King copycat murders?  Were the murderers a loose knit group that followed a common profile?  At this late date we many never know, the principles are in all probability dead, the foot soldiers if not dead are very old.  What we can say for certain is that Lee Harvey Oswald in his alleged actions does not resemble the lone gunman.  What the murder of JFK does resemble is an action carried out by a white racist acting in concert with others.  It has yet to be shown that Lee Harvey Oswald demonstrated such racist tendencies.

In conclusion, I find it unlikely that Lee Harvey Oswald acted as accused.  I find it most likely that a white racist group staged the murder of JFK. 

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