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Ronald Reagan's attempted assassin, John Hinckley, announced his first live music performance
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Ronald Reagan's attempted assassin, John Hinckley, announced his first live music performance

The man who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981 is starting a career as a professional musician.

The would-be assassin-turned-song writer announced on Twitter that he has scheduled a performance in New York City for this upcoming summer, the New York Post reported.

The show was confirmed in an Instagram post by the venue.

Tickets can be purchased online for $20 a piece.

Scenic Presents — a Brooklyn-based musical acts promotion company — also confirmed the show via Twitter.

The company said, “Excited to announce the first show in NYC of @JohnHinckley20 at @markethotelnyc feat. Special guests, July 8th.”

Hinckley said that he is “very excited about his upcoming show.”

People generally appeared unfazed, if not outright enthusiastic, about Hinckley’s announcement. Many people responded to him by asking for him to book shows in other cities across the country and asked whether they could purchase merchandise from the gunman-turned-guitarist.

In 2021, Hinckley won a court battle that enabled him to proceed with publishing his music online and pursue a career as a songwriter.

In December 2020, Hinckley created an account on YouTube to try and launch his music career. At the time of writing, his account has 26,200 subscribers and 37 videos. In one video, Hinckley announced his plans to launch an independent record label called Emporia Records.

Last September, Hinckley was “unconditionally released” after reaching an agreement with federal prosecutors that would lift the current restrictions currently on him if he could remain mentally stable, the New York Post reported.

After shooting Ronald Reagan, Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Hinckley, now 66-years-old is currently living alone after living in his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is required to attend individual and group therapy sessions in addition to a slew of doctors having constant oversight over his psychiatric medication.

He is federally barred from owning a firearm and is not legally permitted to contact Reagan’s descendants or actress Jodie Foster with whom Hinckley was obsessed at the time of the shooting.

A violence risk assessment carried out by the Washington Department of Behavioral Health in 2020 found that Hinckley no longer posed a threat.

A regional NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., reported that in response to this, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute said, “Contrary to the judge’s decision, we believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others, and we strongly oppose his release. Our hope is that the Justice Department will file a motion with the court leading to a reversal of this decision.”

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