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Remembering a Dark Day in History: Hinckley Shoots Reagan
NewsMax ^ | 31 March 2006

Posted on 03/30/2006 3:26:13 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

WASHINGTON -- It was 25 years ago today that John Hinckley tried to kill President Reagan.

He fired the shots that struck President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington D.C. hotel. The shooting came just 70 days into the Reagan presidency. It nearly killed him and permanently disabled White House Press Secretary James Brady.

The shooting was said to be an attempt by Hinckley to impress actress Jodie Foster. At his trial a year later, Hinckley was found innocent by reason of insanity. He is still in a Washington mental hospital, continuing his efforts to be allowed to take more unsupervised trips outside the hospital.

Brady and his wife became strong opponents of handguns and were a driving force behind the Brady bill that requires a waiting period and background checks for gun buyers.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anniversary; assassin; hinckley; johnhinkleyjnr; reagan; shooting; thegreatronaldreagan
My memory of that dreadful day is so clear.

Hard to believe it was a quarter of a century ago.

God bless and keep The Great Ronald Reagan.

1 posted on 03/30/2006 3:26:16 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Too bad the Brady's didn't focus their energy on keeping Hinckley behind bars for life.


2 posted on 03/30/2006 3:31:44 PM PST by OldFriend (AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE LAND OF THE FREE IF IT WERE NOT ALSO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Thanks for posting Aussie!


3 posted on 03/30/2006 3:32:23 PM PST by rocksblues (Illegal Immigrant racist here.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Dark day indeed but it was one of Reagans finest hours.


4 posted on 03/30/2006 3:33:13 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Aussie Dasher
in related news Hinckley enjoyed a nice steak dinner with his parents to celebrate the occasion...
5 posted on 03/30/2006 3:33:38 PM PST by conservative physics
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To: traderrob6

I can't believe how much I still miss him. He was the greatest!


6 posted on 03/30/2006 3:34:20 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

There are many sad things about this day.

I was in American history class when we heard. My teacher was extremely liberal. When we heard President Reagan had been shot some of the students began to cheer.

The teacher became furiously angry with them demanding that they shut up and show respect for our President and our country. When she calmed down she explained that when we face hostility it is key that all Americans band together if we want our country to survive.

It was an important lesson in civics.


7 posted on 03/30/2006 3:35:50 PM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: gondramB
It was an important lesson in civics.

Too bad 48% of the people didnt believe it..

8 posted on 03/30/2006 3:40:27 PM PST by cardinal4 (David Gregory-the John Kerry of the Media Elite)
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To: cardinal4

"Too bad 48% of the people didnt believe it.."

Those Americans who cheer when a conservative leader dies or is injured are a minority of a minority. They are harmful and they are shrill but they are not the bulk of Americans who vote Democratic, IMO.


9 posted on 03/30/2006 3:42:40 PM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: gondramB

I refer to the other side as the 48%, for the number that Kerry supposedly garnered. Your teachers point was to band together in times of crisis. I would submit that the 48% have not done that..


10 posted on 03/30/2006 3:44:41 PM PST by cardinal4 (David Gregory-the John Kerry of the Media Elite)
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To: Aussie Dasher
God was surely looking out not only for Ronald Reagan, but for America, because had Reagan not survived that scumbag Hinckley's assassination attempt, we would have ended up with 4 years of GHWB, and you can bet that after those 4 years, Walter Mondale just might have pulled off an electoral upset.

Just to be clear, I like GWB's Dad, but his record of electoral success is mixed, he got his clock cleaned by the Gipper during the '80 primary season, despite all of that 'Big Mo' talk early in the game, and his win against Dukakis in '88 was (IMHO) mostly due to the fact that most Americans were symbolically voting for a Reagan Third Term, plus AGAINST Dukakis, not so much FOR GHWB.

And it was due to the Senior Bush allowing himself to be outfoxed by the 'Rats in Congress on the "read my lips" debacle, and the lamestream media's shameless prostitution in behalf of that lying SOB from Hope Arkansas, who ONLY won in '92 because of the inept Bush relection campaign combined with the Texas madman Ross Perot and his insane megalomania.

But alas I digress.

The bottom line is, that Ronald Reagan was born for a mission, and that mission was to save America, and win the Cold War, and help preserve the Free World.

He knocked it outta the park.

God bless and keep The Great Ronald Reagan

Amen to that.
11 posted on 03/30/2006 4:08:31 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Beloved President Reagan - please keep an eye out for America from above!


12 posted on 03/30/2006 4:11:45 PM PST by maxwellp
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To: OldFriend

Remember that show in the early `80`s with Jack Klugman called "Quincy"..When it was declared (or found) that Hinckley was insane and would be sent to a mental hospital, I saw a statement from Jack at the end of one episode of Quincy where Jack was absolutely outraged over Hinckley getting off with the insanity defense...Nobody seems to remember that, but I can recall quite clearly being pretty shocked at the time that some actor would be so ticked off for real. I mean the veins in his neck were bulging "For shooting the PRESIDENT this punk is getting a wrist slap??"

I was about 18 at the time and a Reagan fan (I had Reagan for President stickers on my bumper) , but that was probably the first time I ever saw an actor on TV really speak his mind.

When I heard Jack got throat cancer years later I felt for the guy. He defended one of, if not the greatest President this country ever had when others where making fun that President, and it seems 25 years later Jack was exactly right about the outcome of that trial.

25 years later this punk is walking around. Other countries, he would have been dead long ago. By the way, it`s never been proven that Hickley was mentally ill, only that he had "identity problems". He was a fan of the movie Taxi driver, nothing more (Coincidentally I`m a New York city taxi driver by the way..Please, that has nothing to do with what I am writing here! lol!). Before the shooting Hinckley was never declared schizophrenic nor declared mentally ill. True schitzos or mentally ill will have a history of similar bizarre behavior, Hinckley didn`t.

The reason he shot Reagan was because he was inspired by the attention Mark Chapman got from killing Lennon, and he took that idea to get off on his infatuation with Jodie Foster. The punk is lucid as a bell and here he is being deemed "cured" and being allowed to walk around.

If it hasn`t occurred to anyone yet, one of theories for the causes of alzheimer's disease and other similar diseases such as Parkinsons is extreme stress, the neurons of the brain "short out" when confronted with too much input such as facing death. Would Reagan have lived longer if he wasn`t shot? Who knows, but it is too late now isn`t it, and here is Hinckley walking around free as OJ.


13 posted on 03/30/2006 4:30:02 PM PST by Screamname (If we focus our acting on global politics, we can change everything and stuff - Liv Tyler)
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To: gondramB

I agree many Democrats mourned President Reagan's death. Indeed, just look at his furneral - so many Americans honoring him. I also know many Democrats who voted for him, TWICE.


14 posted on 03/30/2006 4:32:18 PM PST by maxwellp
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To: Aussie Dasher

Amazing how much history would have changed had the bullet not been an inch away from killing him. Reagan was the most amazing person who lived during my lifetime.


15 posted on 03/30/2006 4:34:51 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Aussie Dasher

I will never forget, I was 11 in McLean ,VA. God Bless RR


16 posted on 03/30/2006 4:37:29 PM PST by cmsgop ( I love Scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Whether the twenty-year phenomenon was a curse or coincidence, it seems to have ended with Reagan. With less than three years to go, President Bush is alive and quite well.


17 posted on 03/30/2006 4:43:25 PM PST by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"He is still in a Washington mental hospital...."

Didn't we hear that Hinkley had been discharged? I thought it happened a year or so agao.

18 posted on 03/30/2006 4:47:16 PM PST by nightdriver
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To: nightdriver

Come to think of it, you could be right. Can anyone confirm?


19 posted on 03/30/2006 4:49:52 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
God bless and keep The Great Ronald Reagan.

Amen! Thanks for everything, Gipper. You are loved and missed.
20 posted on 03/30/2006 4:58:26 PM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I remember the barely-contained glee on the faces of the network reporters. Not only because the evil hated Republican could die but because they saw what the JFK Assassination did to careers like Dan Rather's and saw themselves cuddling up to a network anchor chair or an Emmy award.

I also remember Frank Reynolds on ABC exploding in anger when he had to retract his announcement that Brady had died.

If Hinckley's aim had been just a little bit better, the left would have made him a "hero" equal to Clinton.


21 posted on 03/30/2006 5:22:06 PM PST by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

As a kid, young kid, the only thing I couldn't understand and asked Daddy about was "Why didn't the guards shoot Hinckley ?"

To this day I still don't understand why he's still breating much less out on release.


22 posted on 03/30/2006 5:47:57 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: Screamname
As a consequence of that perverted verdict a killer can no longer be deemed innocent but insane.

Hinckley's lawyer was Gregg Craig, or Craig Gregg, who facilitated the return of Elian Gonzales to Fidel Castro.

His evil continues to permeate our society.

23 posted on 03/30/2006 5:51:48 PM PST by OldFriend (AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE LAND OF THE FREE IF IT WERE NOT ALSO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE)
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To: cmsgop

My six year old son wrote President Reagan a letter wishing him well following the shooting. He did get a response from the President when he returned to the White House. We still have that post card from President Reagan.


24 posted on 03/30/2006 5:53:06 PM PST by OldFriend (AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE LAND OF THE FREE IF IT WERE NOT ALSO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Hinckley now has unsupervised furlough's from the hospital.


25 posted on 03/30/2006 5:53:44 PM PST by OldFriend (AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE LAND OF THE FREE IF IT WERE NOT ALSO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE)
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To: OldFriend
Not "facilitated the return" but facilitated his kidnapping by gunpoint.

"Gimmie the kid you SOB! Mr. Reno doesn`t like it when Master Castro gets upset! Castro is the God and we must all bow! You see how we treat freedom in Waco didn`t you?"

I always try to put myself in that kids situation. Can you imagine hiding in a closet with your Uncle to hide from the "monsters" and having the monsters bust the closet open and snatch you away? That kid must have had nightmares for years, if he still doesn`t. That is the Clinton/Reno legacy. Bow down to threatened victims of Castro. Elian must be a teenager by now. Let`s see how much he loves "Cubas opportunities".

26 posted on 03/30/2006 6:11:57 PM PST by Screamname (If we focus our acting on global politics, we can change everything and stuff - Liv Tyler)
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To: Screamname

My blood still boils with fury when I think of what Reno and BJ did to that little bloke!


27 posted on 03/30/2006 6:43:05 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Screamname
We need to keep that picture front and center when people consider not voting to punish President Bush.

We need to keep putting up the picture of the WACO compound burning.

Think about the type of people who would be in a democrat administration and REMEMBER the evil those two wrought.

28 posted on 03/30/2006 6:46:37 PM PST by OldFriend (AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE LAND OF THE FREE IF IT WERE NOT ALSO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE)
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To: Aussie Dasher; All

And now Hinckley is asking for more time out...4 days a week. Well heck just let him out completely. Jodi...are you listening?

http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20060814-113646-5350r.htm


29 posted on 08/15/2006 10:07:07 AM PDT by eleni121 (General Draza Mihailovich: We will never forget you - the hero of World War Two)
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To: eleni121

Hinkley should NEVER see the light of day!


30 posted on 08/15/2006 4:02:09 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Unfortunately Hinckley is already getting out on visits but wants the visits to continue.

Here in the US we have a tendency lately to provide loving support and sympathy to murderous thugs at the expense of law abiding citizens.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,208508,00.html
31 posted on 08/15/2006 4:10:04 PM PDT by eleni121 (General Draza Mihailovich: We will never forget you - the hero of World War Two)
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