Three Shots Versus Four

There seems to be a discrepancy between the number of shots heard in Dealey Plaza on 11/22/63.

Were there three or four?

There need be no discrepancy at all.

There were four shots.

The people who heard three shots are misinterpreting the first shot perceived to be a firecracker or backfire from an automobile.

It’s a common phenomenon.

We see this phenomenon playing out in all mass shootings. The people who are there at the shooting routinely perceive the first shots as firecrackers.

Why is this?

This occurs because when the first sounds are heard, context supersedes reality. As the sounds progress, reality then supersedes context.

What do I mean by this?

The people in Dealey Plaza on that day were not expecting a shooting. They were there for a fun event. The President was coming. It was like a festival. When they heard the first sound, the context of why they were there tells their minds that the sound must fit in with that context. Thus they hear a firecracker.

As the people then see others dropping to the ground, reality catches up to context and supersedes it. They then perceive the following shots as rifle shots.

Thus there was one shot perceived as a firecracker and three shots following.

Thus there were four shots heard and fired.

Copyright 2023 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved.

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