Venue cancels concert of John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Reagan

John Hinckley Jr.’s Brooklyn concert, bizarrely scheduled to feature the music of a man best known for trying to kill an American president, was canceled Wednesday by the venue, which cited fears of a backlash in a “dangerous extremism, reactionary atmosphere.”

Mr. Hinckley, 67, who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and was found not guilty by insanity, has lived in Virginia under restrictions since 2016, but has been Grant unconditional release which went into effect on Wednesday. Mr. Hinckley was planning to use this version to do what he called his “Redemption Tour”, playing his original music at venues across the country.

But that plan encountered some roadblocks as some venues backtracked on his scheduled concerts, including the Market Hotel, a concert hall in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood that posted a statement to Social media on Wednesday saying it was canceling Mr. Hinckley’s performance on July 8.

“It is not worth venturing upon the integrity of our weak societies to give a man an imminent microphone of his art which he has not had to earn, whom we do not care about artistically, and who disturb people in a dangerous, radical and reactionary climate.”

The venue appeared to announce the decision with regret, writing in the statement that “this man’s performance does not harm anyone in any practical way.”

“This is a sexual student and she has an acoustic guitar,” Place said. The statement went on to say that although they believed that past negatives and people with mental illness should be able to gain an opportunity to “completely join society,” they made the decision after considering “the real and growing threats and hatreds facing our vulnerable communities.”

in 2020, A federal judge ruled in Washington That Mr. Hinckley could begin to publicly display his writing, artwork and music in his name after his treatment team told the court about his frustration at having to post his music online anonymously. Since then, Mr. Hinckley has uploaded videos of his original songs and covers to his YouTube channel, which has over 28,000 subscribers.

In a phone interview on Wednesday, Mr. Hinckley said this tour would be the first time he had played his original songs live, and that he was disappointed with the cancellation, although he said he understood the venue’s safety concerns.

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“I watch the news like everyone else – we live in very scary times, to be honest,” Mr. Hinckley said. “I would only go on with the show if I was going to feel safe on the show and feel the audience would be safe.”

Mr Hinckley’s lawyer, Barry Levine, wrote in an email that there were “increasing threats” that could put Mr Hinckley and attendees at risk and that he agreed with the cancellation decision.

But Mr. Hinckley said the promoter he was working with was looking for a new spot in New York City. It also canceled concerts at stadiums in Chicago and Hamden, Connecticut, whose shows had been scheduled by Mr. Hinckley.

In 1981, after watching the movie Taxi Driver, in which the main character plots to assassinate a presidential candidate, Mr. Hinckley said he devised his plan to kill Mr. Reagan in an effort to persuade Jodie Foster. He waited outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981, as Mr. Reagan was giving a speech, and fired six shots as the president left the hotel. Shots hit the president. James S. Brady, White House press secretary. Timothy C. McCarthy, Secret Service agent; and Thomas K. Delahanty, a police officer. Mr. Brady Died of his injuries in 2014.

Mr. Hinckley was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Washington for more than two decades. The judge set a deadline for Mr Hinckley’s release of June 15, without any restrictions, after finding Mr Hinckley had met several conditions, including mental stability.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute have come out in opposition to Mr. Hinckley’s unconditional release, writing in a statement that the organization is “sad and concerned that John Hinckley, Jr., will soon be released unconditionally and intends to pursue a musical career for profit.”

One of Reagan’s daughters, Patti Davis, opposed deregulation of Mr. Hinckley, writing in an opinion piece in Washington Post Last year she feared that “the man who had that rifle and nearly got his wish to assassinate the president might decide to call me.”

But Mr Hinckley’s supporters see an important message in the community that allows him to perform in public after decades of rehabilitation.

“This is what the world needs to see, and that is the ability to rehabilitate,” said Andreas Xertus, a podcast maker from California who supports Mr. Hinckley’s music. “Somehow his spirit is still there and makes a positive impact with the music.”

Mr. Levine said in the email that his client hopes the public will understand that he has changed since the 1980s.

Mr. Levine wrote: “Although he knows his name is associated with an act of violence, he hopes that people of good will will understand that when he committed those acts he was devastated by mental illness—a condition from which he no longer suffers.”