After more than forty years in prison, would-be presidential assassin John Hinkley has been unconditionally released and is set to resume a completely free and public life.
Fox News reported:
“Hinckley, 67, attempted to assassinate Reagan in 1981. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman had previously announced Hinckley would be released on June 15. Hinckley’s attorney Barry Levine confirmed the full release in an email to Fox News Digital.
“If he hadn’t tried to kill a president he would have been released unconditionally a long time ago,” Judge Friedman said at the time.
Hinckley spent more than 30 years in a mental hospital after being found not guilty in the assassination attempt by reason of insanity. He received a conditional release to his mother’s home in 2016, but those conditions were dropped on Wednesday, and he is now fully free.”
There is a lot to unpack in this report. The judge rightly notes that assassinating a president is different than murdering someone else. Perhaps he would have been treated differently if he attempted to murder a random citizen. Then again, he specifically targeted Ronald Reagan to win the affection of Jodie Foster. Actions have consequences.
It is that last paragraph, however, that is most shocking; despite admittedly being too insane and unstable to deal with the consequences of his actions, the justice system has decided that instead of imprisoning or institutionalizing the lunatic Hinckley, he should be free and clear of all charges. In other words, a sane person would have been found guilty opf the charged and imprisoned. How or why does it make sense that the public has foisted upon it the insane? Precisely for the reason he
Fox went on to note that although Reagan ultimately survived, Hinckey’s actions impacted far more than just the president.
“In addition to Reagan, Hinckley shot then-White House press secretary James Brady, as well as a Secret Service agent and a Washington police officer. Brady suffered long-term health problems from the shooting and his death in 2014 was ruled a homicide, though additional charges against Hinckley were not pursued.”
Again, despite effectively killing James Brady, Hinckley will be walking free and clear.
As previously mentioned, the motivation for Hinckley was winning the attention and affection of Hollywood darling Jodie Foster. The History Channel noted that a young John Hinckley eventually became obsessed with the film Taxi Driver, and in watching it over and over eventually came to identify with the film’s protagonist.
“[Hinckley] identified with the film’s central character, violent loner Travis Bickle, who sought to gain a woman’s affection by trying to assassinate a presidential candidate. Hinckley even wore army boots and drank peach brandy like Bickle had in the film.
[He] grew increasingly obsessed with Foster, who played a young prostitute in “Taxi Driver.” He stalked the actress after her enrollment at Yale University, sending her dozens of love letters and poems, calling her on the phone and traveling in person to New Haven, Connecticut, with hopes of making contact. Like Bickle, Hinckley believed he could earn Foster’s love by assassinating a politician.”
Hailey Sanibel fiercely loves freedom. She is a contributing author at Trending Political News and writes regularly at The Blue State Conservative.