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Old March 28th, 2011, 04:43 PM   #1
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I was not even born yet on the day of March 30, 1981, however I do have an opinion and I must ask, "Why is John Hinckley, Jr. not in jail?" He got off on insanity and apparently these days he's allowed to see his mother, leave the hospital, and even have a drivers license?! If we go back a few centuries, I have a feeling this guy would have been hung during the day of the assassination attempt. I know we're not living in that era, but my goodness how times have changed where people who are clearly "guilty" can get away with things so easily.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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I remember the incident well. I don't think he has the right to be breathing. An insane person is a bigger threat to society anyway.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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I would love to hear the thoughts of those who oppose us... If there are any.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #4
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Jon, read the current issue of TIME magazine. This issue has Moammar Qaddafi on the cover. Inside the magazine, President Reagan's daughter Patti Davis talks about the very same subject you are inquiring about.



Hinckley's wealthy parents had a tenacious lawyer defend the case. Thanks to the lawyer, Hinckley is kind of scot free because he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He walks the grounds a free man around Williamsburg, VA. He's about the same age as I am.



Davis also talks about the other men wounded in the assassination attempt like James Brady.



http://www.time.com/...2061014,00.html



It's been 30 years since John W. Hinckley Jr. stood outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on a gray, misty day and tried to kill the President of the United States with a .22 caliber that he'd loaded with six Devastator bullets, designed to explode on impact.



He is 55 now, younger than the four people he shot that day. One of his victims, the main target — my father — died more than six years ago. Three others remain. Former White House press secretary James Brady is 70. The most gravely wounded and the first one shot, he sustained a massive brain injury that left him paralyzed on one side and forever impaired. Timothy McCarthy, now 62, was a Secret Service agent trained to take a bullet for the person he was protecting. That's what he did. He dived across my father and was shot in the abdomen. Thomas Delahanty is 76. On March 30, 1981, he was a District of Columbia police officer. After being struck in the back by one of Hinckley's bullets, he was left with permanent nerve damage and was forced to retire. (See TIME's cover story about the assassination attempt.)



Hinckley was patient that day. At 1:45, he waved as my father stepped out of the limousine and walked into the hotel to deliver a speech. Then he waited. He had a girl in mind whom he wanted to impress. Surely, actress Jodie Foster would notice him if he assassinated the President. At 2:25, when my father walked back outside, Hinckley yelled, "President Reagan! President Reagan!" Then he crouched like a marksman and fired six shots. Four lives were changed in a matter of minutes, none more dramatically than Jim Brady's.



"But there were other victims too," Sarah Brady tells me now, so many years later but so close to the wound. "Our son Scott was 2 years old then. The first time I took him to the hospital to see his father, Jim wailed — that awful sound he'd started making — and it frightened Scott so much, it was years before he felt comfortable around Jim." (See pictures of Ronald Reagan's life and career.)



Jim Brady is now almost completely blind. He has spinal stenosis. Both are secondary conditions resulting from the bullet that tore into his brain 30 years ago. For the past year, he's been screaming in his sleep. Every night. Sarah doesn't know if he's having nightmares about the shooting, but she thinks it's likely.



Hinckley's days at St. Elizabeths Hospital in southeast Washington are spent strolling around the grounds, feeding stray cats or going on supervised visits to the beach and bowling alleys. He plays his guitar and sits in the sun reading. He's had a job at the hospital library. He's had numerous girlfriends. The longest relationship was with Leslie deVeau, who was placed in St. Elizabeths in 1982 after she killed her 10-year-old daughter with a 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun while the girl slept. She then tried to kill herself but only managed to shoot off her left arm. At one point, in 2008, Hinckley was reportedly involved with several women at once. (See pictures of gun culture in America.)



Since 2000, Hinckley has been allowed unsupervised visits off hospital grounds. It began with overnight stays at his parents' house in Williamsburg, Va. Despite the government's objections and its argument that Hinckley still has a "narcissistic need" to impress women — a need that could again lead to violence — U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman has consistently sided with Hinckley's attorney, Barry Levine, and granted more and more freedom to the man who once called his assassination attempt "the greatest love offering in the history of the world."



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Hinckley is now allowed to visit his mother in Williamsburg (his father is deceased) for 10-day stays 12 times a year. He's been given permission to obtain a driver's license and get a job. He reportedly does volunteer work in the library at the state mental hospital in Williamsburg. He's required to stay at his mother's house and to always be accompanied by her or a sibling when he goes out. (His mother is 85, and his siblings live in Dallas.) He must carry a GPS-enabled cell phone. Hinckley has expressed his wish to someday settle down in Williamsburg.



"Every time he gets out for a 10-day period," Sarah Brady says, "I get a call so I know to not go to Williamsburg then." She and Jim live nearby, in Delaware. "I love going there. But I obviously don't want to cross paths with John Hinckley."



Tim McCarthy is the police chief in Orland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb. He's told the government to stop calling him whenever Hinckley leaves St. Elizabeths. "I told them, 'If he comes to Illinois, call me. Otherwise, I don't want to hear about him.'" Two of his three children were 2 and 4 in 1981. They too are victims. Friends took his wife to the hospital on that horrible day, no one knowing if Tim would live. "No one should have to go through what the families went through," he says. (See the top 10 crimes of 2010.)



My mother, for her part, remembers the noise and chaos of the hospital that day and a nurse coming in to tell her that time was running out to find the bullet in my father's chest.



Tom Delahanty has remained mostly out of reach. Tim McCarthy used to keep in touch with him, but then Tom stopped calling back. "I think it must be hard for him, living with what happened," Tim says. (I attempted to contact Tom for this article but never got a response.)



The plan for Hinckley's ultimate freedom has been in place for years. His attorney is as patient as his client. Short visits, then longer ones, then complete release. And there is this: because Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, the law states, if it is determined that he is sane, no danger to himself or others, he must be set free. Judge Friedman can make the decision for his release, just as he decided in favor of unsupervised visits. "There's no predicting human behavior," Tim McCarthy says. "And guns are easier to get in Virginia. If he is released, I hope they know what they're doing." So Hinckley might in time reside as a free man in Williamsburg, stopping at the local coffee shop, browsing bookstores, maybe venturing onto the local tennis courts and golf courses.



Jim Brady will live the rest of his life in a wheelchair and a bed. Sarah will tend to him as she has done for the past 30 years. His son will continue to make up for the years when he was frightened to go near him. Tim McCarthy will avoid talking about that awful day while always bumping up against it. Tom Delahanty will stay out of reach, forever scarred. My mother will hear the echoes of that day and remember the deathly paleness of my father's skin. (See pictures of Ronald Reagan's White House.)



Time is a matter of perspective. Sometimes 30 years isn't so long. There are times when the American legal system works brilliantly. There are times when it fails. The story of John Hinckley should always include this: As far as the victims are concerned, he beat the legal system. He had wealthy parents who bought him a tenacious lawyer. Neither Levine nor Hinckley will be awakened in the night by Jim Brady's screams. Sarah Brady will go to her husband, night after night, and remember a time before Hinckley loaded his gun with exploding bullets and aimed to kill.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 08:18 PM   #5
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Thank you for sharing that article. I've seen videos on Youtube but that article really made my blood boil. I feel bad for those who have suffered for this mans actions, and the scary thing is if he is deemed sane, he may eventually be released. Very scary...
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I find this to be very upsetting. No one should get out of jail or the asylum after shooting people and trying to kill them, president or no. Just another unjust aspect of our legal system.
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I wonder if Jared Loughner will be getting trips home to see Mum 20 years from now?
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Thank you for sharing that article. I've seen videos on Youtube but that article really made my blood boil. I feel bad for those who have suffered for this mans actions, and the scary thing is if he is deemed sane, he may eventually be released. Very scary...


Patti Davis is right. Hinckley beat the system.



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Old March 29th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #9
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The President, a former actor who possessed an incredible talent for spontaneity, said to surgeons as he was wheeled into the operating room, “Please tell me you're all Republicans” to which one of the team responded, “Sir, we're all Republicans today.”





I remember that day, I ask why he is not dead.....or at least on death row waiting to die.
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The President, a former actor who possessed an incredible talent for spontaneity, said to surgeons as he was wheeled into the operating room, “Please tell me you're all Republicans” to which one of the team responded, “Sir, we're all Republicans today.”





I remember that day, I ask why he is not dead.....or at least on death row waiting to die.


I guess a lot of money can buy you some freedom. What if his family was not rich and he had a different lawyer...wonder what the outcome would have been.
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