‘Time to rock and roll’

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'Time to rock and roll'

John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is celebrating his upcoming release from court restrictions.

After a federal judge on Wednesday confirmed Hinckley’s unconditional release on June 15, the would-be assassin took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“A big thank you to everyone who helped me get my unconditional release,” Hinckley wrote.

“What a long strange trip it has been. Now it’s time to rock and roll,” he concluded.

He likely was referencing his upcoming Brooklyn concert appearances. Hinckley, an aspiring singer-songwriter, has been uploading his music to YouTube, where he has over 27,000 subscribers. 

Market Hotel, the venue hosting Hinckley in July, has faced backlash for inflammatory comments about the assassination attempt.

“Hinckley didn’t f— up a billionth as many lives as the Reagan admin did,” Market Hotel wrote in a now-deleted tweet. 

View of armed Secret Service agents around the bodies of policeman Thomas K Delahanty and White House Press Secretary James Brady (1940 - 2014) (at left) while the shooting suspect, John Hinckley Jr, is apprehended (right) outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC, March 30, 1981.
Secret Service agents around the bodies of police officer Thomas Delahanty and White House Press Secretary James Brady (at left) while the shooting suspect, John Hinckley Jr., is apprehended (right) outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.
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John Hinckley, Jr. mugshot in on March 30, 1981.
John Hinckley, Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982.
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003, file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. A federal judge in Washington is holding what is expected to be the final hearing for would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley before he is released from restrictive conditions he has lived under since he shot the president in 1981.
John Hinckley Jr. arrives at US District Court in Washington on Nov. 18, 2003.
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A big thank you to everyone who helped me get my unconditional release. What a long strange trip it has been. Now it’s time to rock and roll.
John Hinckley Jr.’s tweet from June 1, 2022.
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Hinckley was 25 when, inspired by the Martin Scorsese film “Taxi Driver,” he shot the newly elected Reagan in an attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster.

He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982.

Hinckley was committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for over 34 years. He was released under certain restrictions in 2016, living with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, since then.

A federal judge granted Hinckley’s unconditional release last September on the promise of good behavior, finding that his mental condition was “in full and sustained remission.”

Reagan suffered serious injuries during the assassination attempt, including a punctured lung and a broken rib. The .22 caliber bullet had narrowly missed Reagan’s heart.

The attack injured three others, including former White House press secretary James Brady, who became permanently paralyzed. Brady’s death in 2014 was ruled a homicide due to the gunshot injuries he’d sustained 33 years before.

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