Commentary

Americans Should Be Outraged: The Man Who Tried to Kill Reagan Will Now Walk Free

Craig Shirley
By Craig Shirley | July 27, 2016 | 4:25 PM EDT

John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington in 2003. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The decision to release John Hinckley Jr. from St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital after his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan is outrageous, disgraceful, and a travesty of justice.

No matter how much supervision he has, Hinckley cannot be trusted to move and function in society.

Even though his victims, Reagan and White House press secretary James Brady, have died, Hinckley remains a threat. According to the Secret Service, he is still obsessed with Jodie Foster. Hinckley’s actions remain a terrible stain on American history and a reminder of the lifetime of damage that can be caused by one man in a matter of seconds.

This is a purely political decision by Judge Paul L. Friedman, who clearly wishes to corrupt Reagan’s legacy. Friedman was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in March 1994. Just as a jury of liberal Washingtonians came to the liberally biased verdict that Hinckley was innocent by reason of insanity, so too is this decision.

Hinckley is the murderer of Brady and attempted murderer of Reagan, police officer Thomas Delahunty, and Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy.

Once again, corrupt liberal justice was served, but justice was not served for the four victims of Hinckley’s sick actions.

Craig Shirley is the author of two critically praised best-sellers about Ronald Reagan, "Rendezvous with Destiny" and "Reagan's Revolution," as well as the New York Times best-selling book, "December 1941."

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by The Daily Signal.

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