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When did Lee Harvey Oswald decide to shoot President Kennedy?

An LP recording of Oswald’s appearance on a New Orleans radio program in August 1963.

I know a lot of readers will reply, “Never.” I hear your cries. Please bear with me.

Since I can’t quite rule out Oswald as a gunman (lone or otherwise) on November 22, 1963, I’m trying to understand what his motivation might have been if he did fire a gun that day.

I ask because I have always found it significant that it is hard to establish Oswald’s whereabouts at the moment of the fatal gunfire. Why wasn’t he outside waving or watching the president of the United States in the flesh? He was very interested in politics. He talked about Kennedy. He told George de Mohrenschildt on occasion that he admired JFK, and other times said he was “just another politician.” He had never seen a president in the flesh. So why did he pass on the chance?

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