Attempted Reagan Assassin Promotes His Music Career
President Ronald Reagan’s shooter has traded his gun for a guitar.
John Hinckley Jr., who shot then-President Reagan and three others in a 1981 failed assassination attempt in Washington, D.C., is now scheduled to play a solo acoustic show this summer in a Brooklyn venue.
“Big news!! I will be performing on July 8 at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY,” Hinckley tweeted on April 9. “Get your tickets while you can.”
“Ticket sales are good,” he added.
Hinckley, 66, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982. He has been living as an out-patient from a mental health facility for several years and in September 2021, he was granted an unconditional release, scheduled for June.
“There is no evidence of danger whatsoever,” his lawyer, Barry Wm. Levine, said.
Hinckley was committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., following the ’82 verdict.
Hinckley expressed his “heartfelt” apologies and “profound regret” to his victims as well as actress Jodie Foster, whom he was stalking at the time of the assassination attempt.
Hinckley created YouTube and Spotify accounts for his music, which includes the songs “We Have Got That Chemistry” and “Dark is the Night.” He has also put his artwork on eBay for sale.
Not all music fans are happy about the show.
“Better cancel this,” said a commentator on Hinckley’s Twitter. “What are you thinking.”
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is against Hinckley’s unconditional release.
The foundation “is saddened to hear of the decision to unconditionally release John Hinckley Jr., the man responsible for the attempted assassination of President Reagan, a shooting that gravely wounded three other brave men,” the statement said. “Contrary to the judge’s decision, we believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others and we strongly oppose his release.”