‘There are too many guns in America’ Says The Man Who Shot President Reagan

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The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 with a handgun that he purchased from a Texas pawnshop with a fake ID is speaking out publicly after being formally released from court supervision.

The New York Post reports that John Warnock Hinckley Jr. was released from court oversight last month. After his release, he was interviewed by Juju Chang for ABC’s “Nightline.”

During the interview, Hinckley expressed his opinions about guns in America.

“I certainly don’t think the mentally ill should have access to guns. I mean that’s kind of obvious,” Hinckley said.

“Background checks are good, and waiting periods are good,” he continued.

“I think there are too many guns in America,” Hinckley said.

Dr. Dabbs on Hinckley: Just Like Romeo and Juliet, But Crazy

Hinckley was 25 years old when he attempted to assassinate President Reagan outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981. He was reportedly driven by a desire to impress actress Jodie Foster, who was a teenage movie actress at the time.

Also injured during the attack was White House Press Secretary James Brady. Brady was seriously wounded and paralyzed as a result. Brady’s injuries led to the enactment of the Brady Law which was passed by Congress in 1993 and imposed a waiting period and increased background checks for gun purchasers.

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Hinckley was charged with 13 crimes and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC until 2016 when he was granted permission to live with his mother in Virginia under court supervision.

On June 15, Judge Paul L. Friedman released Hinckley from court oversight on the condition that he remain mentally stable.

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  • Hondo July 21, 2022, 8:07 am

    Why do we need to hear from this mental deficient ? He adds nothing to any conversation on any subject.

  • Karly July 16, 2022, 9:37 am

    . . . “released Hinckley from court oversite on the condition that he remain mentally stable.”? News for you Judge, psychiatry is NOT an exact science. Who gave you the right to determine if Hinckley is now sane? Step down from your bench Judge, and go see a Psychiatrist.

  • Shanz July 15, 2022, 4:07 pm

    So this guy is out free talking to the press but the Jan 6th political prisoners are still locked in solitary confinement.

  • Dr Gene Wunder July 15, 2022, 2:46 pm

    Living with his mother under court supervision . . . . Is his mother able to supervise (or know) what sunny is up to? I have my doubts. Oh well, such is law enforcement and the court system today.

  • John Boutwell July 15, 2022, 1:19 pm

    And this asshat says anything about anything, should not matter to anyone. Being in a mental hospital for decades makes him an expert on nothing.

  • Shawn July 15, 2022, 12:40 pm

    Pathetic that the left will give any attention to the opinions of this moonbat.

  • Ej harbet July 15, 2022, 10:57 am

    I came here for the express purpose of stating that although I searched high and low and checked my pockets twice,I simply could not find a single or even partial eff to give.
    Why this poor imitation of a person is allowed to breath when the awesome man he almost killed is long dead is a indication of the failure of the justice system.
    He should delete himself

    • DeltaLimaEcho July 15, 2022, 4:02 pm


  • Sharkie July 15, 2022, 10:37 am

    Hey Hinckley…….Jodie wants you to shoot biden lol

  • Richard July 15, 2022, 10:23 am

    I wonder if he is disappointed that Jodie foster is a lesbian? Barking up the wrong tree he was.

  • law57 July 15, 2022, 10:18 am

    Sooo… You have to shoot a President to gain credibility with ABC news. Is that the point of this article?

  • CK Stanford July 15, 2022, 10:16 am

    The democrats will have this LOON running for office soon.

  • Laddyboy July 15, 2022, 9:27 am

    To the Sheeple of America, Your misguided, brainwashed minds are lost on the Truth. GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM! Individual(s) who are WANTON and INTENT to do HARM to INNOCENT People ARE THE PROBLEM! CRIMINALS WHO ARE INTENT TO COMMIT ROBERIES, ATTROCITIES and TERRORISTIC ACTIONS, DO NOT OBEY THE LAW!!

  • scott July 15, 2022, 9:27 am

    I begin to worry when a supposed Gun site or writer is quoting or expressing a Lunatics opinion.. Why give him traction?? I guess anything for a buck..

  • Quadrophenia July 15, 2022, 9:06 am

    You gotta love the idea that we need a survey from the ‘crazy squad’ on gun rights, or ANYTHING else!
    Next up, the results of the other participants: Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Charles Manson, John Gacy, Mark David Chapman, Jim Jones, John Wilkes Booth, Jeff Dahmer, Harris and Klebold, A.O.C, ilhan Omar. They can turn it into a monthly survey with a different nut each month.

  • Mark K July 15, 2022, 9:03 am

    Released from Court supervision ON CONDITION THAT he remains mentally stable?? Oh, so this Judge figures that, a year, or five from now, Momma’s going to come to court and say My good boy isn’t mentally stable anymore, please lock him back up? Get real. This guy needs to be behind locked doors (with bars or without) for the rest of his natural life.

    And Paul is right — this all started when we got rid of the mental hospital system and tried to “mainstream” people who simply aren’t capable of dealing with society. As a society we abandon them to their fate, letting them live on the streets or turn to crime, because they can’t handle normal life. It was kinder to give them a place to live away from society — and better for society as well.

  • Anonymous July 15, 2022, 8:55 am

    First I agree with the previous 5 comments. He is in my 1970 ish High School year book for HPHS Scots.
    To my knowledge none of the rest of the people in that yearbook attempted to kill the President of the US.
    Most of us (if not all) went on to lead normal productive lives, some more than others.
    Regardless of his mental condition then or now, he and Judge Paul L Friedman deserve to return to the Hinkley
    padded room. John Boy can keep and play his guitar, Judge Paul can be his audience.

  • D.J. July 15, 2022, 8:54 am

    The experts agree , those lacking intellectual
    dexterity should not have access to firearms .

  • Charles Goldsmith July 15, 2022, 8:22 am

    Newest poster boy for Joe and Dems. Also actors and sport figures are experts? What a laugh!

  • BJG July 15, 2022, 7:48 am

    Who cares what this POS has to say. Why isn’t he in prison? I guess because President Reagan was a Republican????

  • Neil l July 15, 2022, 7:34 am

    So they interview someone that’s insane and we’re supposed to listen to it. I agree he got his 15 minutes of fame now screw the crazy fat fuck till he gets mentioned in the obituary

  • Paul July 15, 2022, 3:25 am

    Why do people feel the need to open their mouth about stuff that they are really wholly unqualified to speak on? While he certainly has the right to do so, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.

    This dude obtained a weapon ILLEGALLY, yet he thinks it’s important that we are told (by him) that there are too many guns…

    The best thing we as a society can do is bring back the mental asylums for dudes like Hinkley. At a minimum it would spare us all from the rantings of attention-seeking nobodies like him.

  • Neil J July 12, 2022, 11:30 am

    Too bad the sumbitch survived 3/30/81. The worthless POS deserves no publicity, other than his future obituary.

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