A federal judge on Monday ruled that John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Reagan 40 years ago, can be freed from all remaining restrictions next year if he continues to follow those rules and remains mentally stable.
But presidential historian Craig Shirley, who has written several books on Reagan, said that decision is a mistake.
“This man should either be institutionalized, either behind bars as a common criminal or in a mental institution for the criminally insane,” Shirley told Monday’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight,” Newsmax reports. “But one way or the other, he should not be walking among us.”
Hinckley, now 66, was 25 when he shot and wounded the 40th U.S. president outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. While Reagan recovered from his injuries, his press secretary, James Brady, was paralyzed for the rest of his life. Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty were also wounded.
Reagan “almost died that day,” Shirley said.
“He had a Devastator bullet burning inside