The “Other” Assassination Attempt – General Edwin Walker

Seven months prior to Kennedy’s assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald made a different assassination attempt – on retired Army General Edwin Walker.

Walker was living in the Dallas area and was affiliated with right-wing causes. He had run for governor of Texas in 1962, getting beat in the primaries. He had also pushed the McCarthyism ideals that there were Communists inside the U.S. government. He had orchestrated riots against desegregation at the University of Mississippi and he railed against the “anti-Christ Supreme Court,” etc. You get the picture.

It was April 10th, 1963. Oswald left home that night and didn’t give details to his wife Marina about what he was doing. He didn’t return until very late. He left a note for her, which she kept and hid.

The note was about how he had paid rent and he left her as much money as he could. He also instructed her to throw out his clothes but not his personal documents. The note also told her where the city jail was, if he were “alive and taken prisoner.”

According to sources, Oswald aimed at Walker through a back window at his house. The bullet hit the window frame, was deflected, and passed near Walker’s head. Oswald learned from the radio the next day that Walker hadn’t been killed.

Marina later testified to the Warren Commission that Oswald actually told her that he had tried to assassinate Edwin Walker. Marina also told the Warren Commission about the note he left (which she still had). A handwriting expert confirmed the writing was from Oswald.

Photos of Walker’s house were found that were taken by Oswald’s camera. That year, experts could not say for sure that the bullet fragments were from Oswald’s gun.

Another examination in 1977 concluded that the metal elements in the bullet exactly matched the Mannlicher-Carcano ammunition used in Oswald’s rifle. (The technology for this didn’t exist back in 1963.)

For seven months, no one knew who tried to assassinate Edwin Walker – the evidence came out after Kennedy was shot.

Until he died, Walker believed that Oswald had an accomplice – and Walker spent decades trying to learn his identity.

The Other Side of the Story

Many Republicans have complained about the “partisan nature” of the Affordable Care Act, and it is true that it did not get any Republican votes.

However, according to the Daily Beast, Democrats did try to bring Republicans into the fold prior to the passage of the health care bill, and there were several things that happened which helped them decide that it would have to be a party-line vote.

Let’s take a look.

1. In 2009, Obama invited a group of Republicans into his office and told them he’d put tort reform in the bill if it would get him Republican votes. They did not agree.

2. Other administration officials met with Republicans a number of times to see if anything could be put in the bill to appease them. The answer was always no.

3. Outside the administration, Democrats in the Senate negotiated with Republicans for months with little progress.

There was an effort to reach out, but by August of 2009, Republicans had dug in their heels too deeply and refused to budge.

Here are some articles on the topic:

Bad Judgement by Open Carry Advocates…

(Video re-blogged from “The Obamacrat” and MSNBC.)

I am not for banning guns, but I am for more reasonable regulation. A group of 40 “gun bullies” showed up at a meeting of four women with Moms Demand Action in Arlington, Texas.

I think threatening people with gun violence is not the best way for gun advocates to promote their cause.

Here are a couple more articles: