Conspiracy theorists have absolutely no place to go (via logic and
common sense, that is) with ANY of their arguments regarding
Warren Commission Exhibit No. 399, or regarding their arguments
about a purported "pointy-nosed" bullet, etc.
Because if CTers want to say that CE399 was actually the bullet
found at Parkland by Darrell C. Tomlinson (whether it was a "planted"
bullet or not), then those same CTers are forced to jettison one of
their favorite arguments -- i.e., that Tomlinson, et al, failed to identify
CE399 as the stretcher bullet DUE TO THE FACT THAT CE399
WASN'T THE REAL STRETCHER BULLET FOUND BY TOMLINSON.
And if CTers wish to say (as many do) that a "pointy"-tipped bullet
was actually seen by Tomlinson and O.P. Wright, et al, on November 22
at Parkland...then where does that argument take the CTers?
Answer -- Deep into "Absurdville"! That's where.
For, if a "pointy" bullet WAS the "real" stretcher bullet found by
Tomlinson, then that means one of the following three things must
certainly be correct and true:
1.) The "pointy" bullet was the one and only bullet that did the
damage to John B. Connally (and the best evidence, by far, is that
just ONE single bullet struck Connally, causing all of his wounds).
But if #1 here is true...then the CTers must abandon one of their very
favorite gripes: i.e., ANY bullet that did that much damage to JBC
must have been pretty banged up by the end of the day.
But if Tomlinson and Wright saw a "pointy"-nosed bullet, then that bullet
was certainly in pretty decent shape, right? The POINTY NOSE wasn't even
crushed. (Otherwise, how did Tomlinson, et al, see any "pointy" nose
on the missile?)
Also: It's fairly obvious that the discrepancy surrounding the stretcher bullet
noted by O.P. Wright is NOT a discrepancy with respect to the GENERAL AMOUNT
OF DAMAGE that was done to the bullet.
It's obvious from everyone's testimony on this matter that the bullet
Tomlinson found on a Parkland stretcher was an INTACT bullet; i.e., a
bullet that wasn't banged up very much at all.
Or do CTers want to now purport that the people who later failed to
positively I.D. CE399 REALLY saw a banged-all-to-hell, mushroomed, and
very damaged bullet...but they failed to MENTION THAT FACT TO ANYONE,
2.) The bullet Tomlinson picked up was a "PLANTED" bullet, but was not
CE399, and then 399 was inserted into the record to replace the "real"
#2 here is totally crazy...because: WHY IN THE HELL WOULD ANY PLOTTERS
(BENT ON FRAMING LEE OSWALD) WANT TO PLANT A BULLET THAT COULD NEVER BE TRACED TO THE PATSY?
And if some CTers want to think the bullet was planted, but Oswald
WASN'T really being set up as a lone patsy....I'd then ask: Huh?
(Because if Oswald wasn't being framed, then why was there any need to
plant ANY bullet at all inside Parkland?)
This whole #2 option is just too kooky for even most CT-Kooks. (Isn't
3.) The bullet Darrell Tomlinson found on a stretcher at Parkland
wasn't even connected (in any fashion; "planted" or otherwise) to the
JFK assassination or to JBC's wounds. Perhaps it really did come from
the little boy's stretcher (Ronny Fuller's). But, then again, was
young Ronald Fuller SHOT BY A RIFLE BULLET on November 22nd? I don't
think he was. Which means there's a problem here too.
But the logical observation associated with option #3 that needs to be
uttered aloud is -- If it had been later learned that the stretcher
bullet had really been connected to Fuller (or some other case,
totally unconnected to the JFK/JBC case), then it would turn into a
"So what?" situation. Because why would the authorities feel it
necessary to tie in a bullet to the JFK case that legitimately was not
connected to the Kennedy case in any way? That's just....dumb.
So, any way things are sliced, CTers are forced to abandon at least
ONE of their favorite theories with respect to Bullet CE399. Because
when a little ordinary common sense is applied to the conversation
surrounding the stretcher bullet, CTers don't have a leg to stand on.
In short, conspiracy theorists are, by necessity, forced to either
accept the obvious truth about the stretcher bullet (which is: CE399
came out of Oswald's rifle on 11/22/63 and wounded both JFK & JBC in
Dealey Plaza)....or they are forced to look like total idiots by
purporting theories that don't make much sense at all. And many of
those conspiracists are also forced to spout theories that completely
CONTRADICT other theories they have been married to for decades.
Accepting the truth surrounding Bullet CE399 is easy. But accepting
ANY of the conspiracy-tinged replacement theories revolving around
that bullet is virtually impossible.
David Von Pein
LINK TO ORIGINAL POST (SEPTEMBER 6, 2007)