Man Who Shot Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr., Granted Unconditional Release

by Joe Rutland

John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot former President Ronald Reagan, has been granted his unconditional release on Monday.

A report from TMZ says Hinckley, 66, is living at his mother’s house. He’s been there since his release from prison in 2016. Court-ordered supervision is what Hinckley has been living with since leaving prison.

Over the years, that level of supervision has grown lighter.

Ronald Reagan was making a speech at a downtown Washington, D.C., hotel back in 1981. As Reagan came out and waving to people, shots rang out and he and press secretary James Bacon are injured. A Secret Service agent and a police officer suffered injuries, too.

Guards and Secret Service agents quickly penned Hinckley against a wall.

A jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

Release of Ronald Reagan Would-Be Assassin Hinckley Takes Place In June 2022

Hinckley’s full release takes effect in June 2022. He becomes able to not stay away from the family of Ronald Reagan or actress-director Jodie Foster. John Hinckley held a deep infatuation for Foster at the time of Reagan’s shooting.

He gets committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in D.C. after his not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity verdict. Hinckley lives there until 2016 when a federal judge signed off on his release with restrictions.

The man’s attorney said his client expresses his regret and apologies to the families of his victims in the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. The attorney also added Hinckley sends those sentiments to Foster and the American people. Finally, the lawyer said the ruling was a victory for mental health.

Reagan Would Have Turned 110 In February 2021, Beat Carter For Presidency

Hinckley, prosecutors have said, is living on his own for the first time in close to 40 years.

His mother died in July 2021 and a primary doctor is about to retire.

Now, the Department of Behavior Health is saying Hinckley is a low-risk threat for future violent acts.

Ronald Reagan would have turned 110 on Feb. 6, 2021. His career spanned time as an actor in movies and television while also in some Hollywood films.

In his political life, first, Reagan was governor of California. Second, he sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1979. Finally, he faced President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election. Reagan beat Carter, who found himself losing after Iran captured U.S. hostages for 444 days.

In the last presidential debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, the incumbent started arguing that Reagan opposed Medicare. Carter had a desire for universal health insurance.

Incidentally, after hearing Carter object, Reagan said, “There you go again.” Ronald Reagan would also ask those watching a question, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”

It was over.