John Hinckley, who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released. However, Reagan’s daughter isn’t surprised by the news.
Hinckley will be released from the psychiatric facility where he had been imprisoned for several decades. He will now live permanently with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.
During his 35-year imprisonment, Hinckley lived part-time in Williamsburg for years. According to the New York Times, Reagan’s friends and family are outraged by his release.
However, one of Reagan’s daughters, Patti Davis, is not at all surprised. This is because she believes that forgiveness can be a process of healing.
“When my father was lying in a hospital bed recovering from the gunshots that nearly killed him, he said, ‘I know my ability to heal depends on my willingness to forgive John Hinckley’,” she wrote on her website.
“I too believe in forgiveness. But forgiving someone in your heart doesn’t mean that you let them loose in Virginia to pursue whatever dark agendas they may still hold dear.”
In a statement on her website, Davis said she will be haunted by the day her father almost died in 1981, forever.
The Daily Mail reported that Davis, though unsurprised, still said that the news “sickened” her heart. She wrote that if the assassin is haunted by anything, she believed it’s the part where he didn’t succeed in his mission to assassinate Reagan.
On March 30 1981, John Hinckley tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. During the incident, Reagan press secretary Jim Brady, a police officer, and a Secret Service agent were also wounded.