- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation issued a response Wednesday to a federal judge’s decision to release the would-be assassin of the nation’s 40th president from a mental institution after a stay that spanned three decades.

John Hinckley is responsible for the shooting of President Reagan and three other brave men. One died two years ago from the wounds he received. Contrary to the judge’s decision, we believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others and we strongly oppose his release.” the organization said in a statement.

“The Court finds that Mr. Hinckley has received the maximum benefits possible in the in-patient setting. The court finds by the preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Hinckley will not be a danger to himself or to others if released on full-time convalescent leave to Williamsburg under the conditions proposed,” Mr. Friedman wrote in his opinion.

Mr. Hinckley will be allowed to live in the historic Virginia town with his mother. He will be free to drive and work, but is not allowed to talk to the news media. He could get his freedom as early as Aug. 5.

“My father did more than say the Lords Prayer He lived it in forgiving John Hinkley Jr. Maybe we should do the same,” Mike Reagan tweeted in response on Wednesday.

Mr. Hinckley’s actions are now part of history, however. He was only 25 when he positioned himself outside a Washington hotel, waiting for Reagan to emerge from a public speaking engagement. Mr. Hinckley opened fire, wounding Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a local police officer. Mr. Brady, disabled after the chaotic attack, died of his wounds years later.

Reagan remained in optimistic in the aftermath, telling his wife Nancy Reagan, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”

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