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Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan, 1981

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan outside a hotel in Washington D.C.

Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination

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On March 28, 1981, John Hinkley had arrived in Washington, DC by bus with the intention of going onto New Haven, Connecticut to infatuate the famed actress, Jodie Foster.  The Washington Star had published the upcoming schedule of President Ronald Reagan so Hinkley decided he would stay in DC and assassinate the president in an attempt to impress the actress.  In an unsent letter to Foster, Hinkley declared, "I would abandon the idea of getting Reagan in a second if I could only win your heart and live out the rest of my life with you."

1981On the morning of the attempted assassination, President Reagan had delivered a speech to members of the AFL-CIO at the Washington Hilton.  The venue for this speech was chosen because since the early 1970s, the Washington Hilton was considered the safest place in DC because of the enclosed passageway known as the President's Walk.  This passageway was built in 1963 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Interestingly is that on any given day, the Secret Service required President Reagan to wear a bulletproof vest, but because the only public exposure that day was the 30 foot walk from the hotel to the limousine the vest was not required.  The Secret Service too were not wearing bulletproof vests that day.  There were witnesses outside reporting of a bystander acting fidgety and agitated and for that reason the Secret Service was monitoring this person.  The tragic part, aside from the shooting is that the person being monitored was not John Hinkley.

At first, it seemed like Hinkley missed the President while wounding Press Secretary James Brady, Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy, and DC Police Officer Thomas Delahanty.  Brady was the first to be hit as the bullet hit him in the head just above the left eye and passing underneath his brain.  His brain cavity was shattered.  Delahanty recognized the shot to Brady and immediately went after Hinkley.  When he did, he would receive the second shot hitting him in the back of the neck resulting in his falling onto Brady and yelling, "I am hit!"  As the President was rushed into the limousine, not knowing that the third shot had hit him, Secret Service Agent McCarthy took the fourth bullet as he made himself a human shield between Reagan and Hinkley. McCarthy was hit in the lower abdomen where the bullet traversed his right lung diaphragm and right lobe of the liver.

1981When the President was in the car, he told his agent, Jerry Parr that he thought that he had broken a rib and asked to get off of him.  Just then, Reagan coughed up blood and the limousine was redirected to George Washington Hospital.  President Reagan had walked into the Emergency Room and then his knees turned to rubber.  The president of the United States had lost half of his blood and was closer to dying than what was let on.  Still keeping his sense of human; as he was being taken to surgery the President quipped to the First Lady, "Honey, I forgot to duck."  And still keeping with the famous one liners as he was ready for surgery President Reagan joked to the doctors; "I hope that you're all Republicans."  The doctor responded by saying, "Mr. President, today we're all Republicans."

Back at the White House chaos was high.  Vice President George Bush was not to be found and forgetting the 25th Amendment to the Constitution; Secretary of State Alexander Haig declared on national radio and television that he was now in charge.

In the end, President Reagan made a full recovery to wounds that just 100 years and 80 years earlier killed his predecessors; James A. Garfield in 1881 and William McKinley in 1901.  Reagan would break a curse known as the Curse of Tippecanoe and served two full terms as President. 

James Brady would survive his wounds, but be brain damaged and paralyzed for the rest of his life.  He and his wife; Sarah would spend the next decade lobbying for stronger gun control laws resulting in President Bill Clinton signing the Brady Bill into law in 1993.  When Mr. Brady died in 2014; Hinkley was then charged with homicide.

John Hinkley was found not guilty in 1981 on reasons of insanity.  As stated before; when Jim Brady died in 2014 Hinkley was charged with homicide.  John Hinkley was released from custody in June 2022 after 41 years as he was deemed no longer a threat to society. He even, decades earlier was forgiven by President Reagan.

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    37 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 11 hours, 298 min
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    1. 37 shows – total playtime 11 hours, 4 minutes
    2. 19810321 Ronald Reagan Roasts James Brady.mp3
    3. 19810330 Ronald Reagan AFL CIO Conf.mp3
    4. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P02.mp3
    5. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P03.mp3
    6. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P04.mp3
    7. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P05.mp3
    8. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P06.mp3
    9. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P07.mp3
    10. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P08.mp3
    11. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P09.mp3
    12. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P10.mp3
    13. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P11.mp3
    14. 19810330 WCCO Minneapolis MN Live Coverage.mp3
    15. 19810330 White House Staff Statement.mp3
    16. 19810331Jody Foster Letters Sent by John Hinkley.mp3
    17. 19810402 George Bush US Polish Relations.mp3
    18. 19810403 George Bush Cancer Courage Award.mp3
    19. 19810428 Ronald Reagan Joint Session of Congress.mp3
    20. 19810605 Ronald Reagan Presents Robert F Kennedy Medal.mp3
    21. 19820401 Dennis O’Leary Saving of President.mp3
    22. 19820720 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation.mp3
    23. 19820923 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation Luncheon.mp3
    24. 19840724 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation.mp3
    25. 19880000 James and Sarah Brady Life After Shooting.mp3
    26. 19880802 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation.mp3
    27. 19910110 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Recollection.mp3
    28. 19931130 Bill Clinton Signs Brady Bill into Law.mp3
    29. 19950000 James Brady Lincoln Academy Interview.mp3
    30. 19960826 James and Sarah Brady DNC Speech.mp3
    31. 20000211 Bill Clinton Dedication of James Brady Press Room.mp3
    32. 20110112 James Sarah Brady No Gun Access for Mentally Ill.mp3
    33. 20120119 Timothy McCarthy Attempted Assassination of Reagan.mp3
    34. 20120412 Hugh Hewitt Rawhide Down.mp3
    35. 20150928 Bill O’Reilly Killing Reagan.mp3
    36. 20220706 John Hinkley Juju Chang Interview.mp3
    37. 20220914 John Hinkley Rick Sallinger Interview.mp3
    38. 20221219 Megyn Kelly Deep Dive on Attempted Assassination.mp3
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    1. 37 shows – 285 MB – total playtime 11 hours, 4 minutes
    2. 19810321 Ronald Reagan Roasts James Brady.mp3
    3. 19810330 Ronald Reagan AFL CIO Conf.mp3
    4. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P02.mp3
    5. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P03.mp3
    6. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P04.mp3
    7. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P05.mp3
    8. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P06.mp3
    9. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P07.mp3
    10. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P08.mp3
    11. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P09.mp3
    12. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P10.mp3
    13. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P11.mp3
    14. 19810330 WCCO Minneapolis MN Live Coverage.mp3
    15. 19810330 White House Staff Statement.mp3
    16. 19810331Jody Foster Letters Sent by John Hinkley.mp3
    17. 19810402 George Bush US Polish Relations.mp3
    18. 19810403 George Bush Cancer Courage Award.mp3
    19. 19810428 Ronald Reagan Joint Session of Congress.mp3
    20. 19810605 Ronald Reagan Presents Robert F Kennedy Medal.mp3
    21. 19820401 Dennis O’Leary Saving of President.mp3
    22. 19820720 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation.mp3
    23. 19820923 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation Luncheon.mp3
    24. 19840724 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation.mp3
    25. 19880000 James and Sarah Brady Life After Shooting.mp3
    26. 19880802 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation.mp3
    27. 19910110 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Recollection.mp3
    28. 19931130 Bill Clinton Signs Brady Bill into Law.mp3
    29. 19950000 James Brady Lincoln Academy Interview.mp3
    30. 19960826 James and Sarah Brady DNC Speech.mp3
    31. 20000211 Bill Clinton Dedication of James Brady Press Room.mp3
    32. 20110112 James Sarah Brady No Gun Access for Mentally Ill.mp3
    33. 20120119 Timothy McCarthy Attempted Assassination of Reagan.mp3
    34. 20120412 Hugh Hewitt Rawhide Down.mp3
    35. 20150928 Bill O’Reilly Killing Reagan.mp3
    36. 20220706 John Hinkley Juju Chang Interview.mp3
    37. 20220914 John Hinkley Rick Sallinger Interview.mp3
    38. 20221219 Megyn Kelly Deep Dive on Attempted Assassination.mp3
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    37 recordings on 7 Audio CDs. Total playtime 6 hours, 37 min
    37 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 37 min

    Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Disc A001

    1. 19810321 Ronald Reagan Roasts James Brady
    2. 19810330 Ronald Reagan AFL CIO Conf
    3. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P02
    4. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P03
    5. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P04
    6. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P05

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    Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Disc A002

    1. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P06
    2. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P07
    3. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P08
    4. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P09
    5. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P10
    6. 19810330 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination P11
    7. 19810330 WCCO Minneapolis MN Live Coverage

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    Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Disc A003

    1. 19810330 White House Staff Statement
    2. 19810331Jody Foster Letters Sent by John Hinkley
    3. 19810402 George Bush US Polish Relations
    4. 19810403 George Bush Cancer Courage Award
    5. 19810428 Ronald Reagan Joint Session of Congress
    6. 19810605 Ronald Reagan Presents Robert F Kennedy Medal

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    Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Disc A004

    1. 19820401 Dennis O’Leary Saving of President
    2. 19820720 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation
    3. 19820923 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation Luncheon
    4. 19840724 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation
    5. 19880000 James and Sarah Brady Life After Shooting
    6. 19880802 Ronald Reagan James Brady Foundation

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    Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Disc A005

    1. 19910110 Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Recollection
    2. 19931130 Bill Clinton Signs Brady Bill into Law

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    Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Disc A006

    1. 19950000 James Brady Lincoln Academy Interview
    2. 19960826 James and Sarah Brady DNC Speech
    3. 20150928 Bill O’Reilly Killing Reagan
    4. 20220706 John Hinkley Juju Chang Interview
    5. 20220914 John Hinkley Rick Sallinger Interview

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    Ronald Reagan Attempted Assassination Disc A007

    1. 20000211 Bill Clinton Dedication of James Brady Press Room
    2. 20110112 James Sarah Brady No Gun Access for Mentally Ill

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