Assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan
The Assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan happened on Monday, March 30, 1981. 69 days after becoming President, Ronald Reagan was leaving after a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Shots were fired as he left to enter the presidential limo. The assassination attempt started concern about gun control.
Reagan got a punctured lung and heavy internal bleeding. He got medical attention quickly. No formal transfer of presidential power took place, although Secretary of State Alexander Haig stated that he was "in control here" while Vice President George H. W. Bush returned to Washington.
The shooter was 30-year old John Hinckley. Hinckley said that he wanted to shoot President Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster. He planned the assassination after he saw the movie Taxi Driver and there was a scene similar to the event.
Nobody was killed in the attack. Press Secretary James Brady was left paralyzed and permanently disabled. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He is in a psychiatric facility.
References[change | edit source]
- Wapshott, Nicholas (2007). Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage. New York, NY: Sentinel. pp. 167. ISBN 978-1-101-21787-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=Ru5CKP3pcXMC&lpg=PT168&dq=reagan%20assassination%20ford's%20theatre%20%22curious%20sensation%22&pg=PT168#v=onepage&q=reagan%20assassination%20ford's%20theatre%20%22curious%20sensation%22&f=false.
- "Remembering the Assassination Attempt on Ronald Reagan". Larry King Live, March 30, 2001.
- I'll Get You, Foster by Denise Noe. Crime Library. Courtroom Television Network, LLC. Retrieved March 7, 2006.
- Taxi Driver by Denise Noe. Crime Library. Courtroom Television Network, LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2007.
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