Reagan shooter John Hinckley says mentally ill people shouldn't have guns
John Hinckley Jr. the man who attempted to kill former president Ronald Reagan, is trying to start a music career now.
In 1981, Hinckley famously shot Reagan outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington DC. Although he was found not guilty by reason of insanity, Hinckley remained under psychiatrist and court monitoring for 41 years.
Hinckley's reputation is not one easily forgotten, especially by older generations. But years of rehabilitation have given him a second chance at life.
Speaking to the Washington Post, Hinckley said his new songs are "peaceful" and meant to "uplift people.
“I just don’t have the depression and isolation that I had back then,” Hinckley told The Post.
“That’s what was driving me 41 years ago. But I have not had depression for many, many years. If I try to think about the way I was in 1981, I can’t do it. I mean, what in the world was I thinking? It’s like it was like another person. I do have remorse certainly for what happened. It’s in one of my songs.”
Hinckley has over 20 songs on Spotify, all about his past, his life, love, and peace.
Although older generations may not be too fond of Hinckley's comeback it seems younger people are.
On TikTok, one user, grace ellen, posted a video about Hinckley's Twitter and music career which many Gen Zers find positive.