WaPo op-ed says GOP politicians worse than attempted Reagan assassin: 'Hinckley paid for attacking democracy'

On June 15, Hinckley received an unconditional release, 41 years after shooting and attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan. In addition to attacking the president, Hinckley also shot then-White House press secretary James Brady and a Secret Service agent, leading the former to suffer lifelong medical issues.

Shortly after his release, Hinckley announced plans to hold a music concert in Brooklyn on July 8. New York City canceled the event one day later.

John Hinckley, Jr. mugshot in on March 30, 1981. (Photo courtesy Bureau of Prisons/Getty Images)

John Hinckley, Jr. mugshot in on March 30, 1981. (Photo courtesy Bureau of Prisons/Getty Images)

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