Man who shot Reagan granted freedom — Analysis
John Hinckley Jr. has been granted full unconditional release in accordance with last year’s court decision
John Hinckley Jr. – the man who attempted to assassinate the 40th US President Ronald Reagan in 1981 – has been freed from court oversight, after decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals.
Hinckley, aged 67, was granted release from any remaining restrictions resulting from September’s sentencing. This decision will enter effect on June 15, 2022.
“FREEDOM AT LAST after 41 years, 2 months and 15 jours!” Hinckley wroteFollow us on Twitter.
Hinckley attempted the 1981 murder of Reagan at a Washington hotel. Hinckley also wounded a Secret Service agent, a police officer and the president. James Brady, the former press secretary, was made permanently invalid after being shot in the head. He died of complications in 2014.
Following a ‘not-guilty’ verdict based on insanity, Hinckley spent decades in a psychiatric hospital until he was granted a supervised release in 2016.
According to last year’s ruling, Hinckley was “Stability of the mind” and had complied with the terms of conditional release.
Last restrictions were to have no contact with Reagan or the families of victims, and actress Jodie Foster.
Hinckley claimed previously that Foster inadvertently inspired his crime because he was obsessive about the actress during the shooting.
Hinckley began composing music since his release from Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. He has also released recordings online.
He was supposed to give a live concert at the Market Hotel in New York in July but the venue canceled the sold-out show upon “The opportunity to reflect on and be exposed to some extremely real, worsening hate crimes and threats that threaten vulnerable communities.”
However, the hotel stressed its belief that “ex-cons and people with mental illness can recover” and that the cancellation of the show would “This will not prevent future assassins from attempting to kill you and won’t have any effect on mass shootings.”
CNN reached out to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute Wednesday and requested a statement that was published against Hinckley’s release.
“Hinckley, the man behind the assassination attempt on President Reagan and the killing of three brave men (one of whom died years later from his wounds), is strongly opposed to being released into society. His release to society, where he allegedly seeks to profit from his fame and infamy, is strongly opposed by us.,” the foundation said.
Hinckley’s case prompted the imposition of some modern arms-control measures. In 1993, then-US President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill, named after Reagan’s paralyzed press secretary. The Brady Bill established a waiting period of five days for gun purchases, and required background checks on potential buyers.
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