John Hinckley has been released from a psychiatric hospital and is free. Yes, this is the same John Hinckley who shot president Reagan in the chest and shot press secretary James Brady in the head 35 years ago.
In March 1981 John Hinckley shot Ronald Reagan as the president was entering a car after leaving a conference. President Reagan was in the hospital for 2 weeks and James Brady spent the rest of his life in a wheel chair. Although Reagan was stoic about the event while in the hospital and after his release, this was a very close call. The president of the United States was nearly assassinated.
If you recall, Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. This was a verdict that many people, including Reagan's daughter Patti Davis had and still have a difficult time accepting. It was orderd that Hinckley be admitted to a psychiatric hospital where he spent the next few decades.
On July 26, 2016 Hinckley was released from St Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. The court has ordered Hinckley to live with his mother in Virginia. He is not allowed to contact any members of the Reagan family or actress Jodi Foster. After he tried to kill the president Hinckley claimed he did it to impress Jodi Foster.
As for me, I am shocked he has been released back into the public. This is a man who tried to kill the president of the United States. He should be confined somewhere, whether it is a hospital or prison for the rest of his life. How can you shoot the president and his press secretary and be released in a few decades? Not good.
Purple Walrus Press
|Hinckley asassination attempt 1981. Photo credit law2.umkc.edu|