What can we learn from the verdict given to John Hinckley (who attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30 1981) of non-guilty by reason of insanity?
We learn from this that Hakodosh Boruch Hu is angry at America; He is making America insane. If a country has fallen so low, if the judges are such rascals, so stupid as to acquit a man on weak grounds of insanity – a man who attempted to kill the President! – it is a tragedy; and such a thing could never happen unless Hakodosh Boruch Hu is angry at that country.
America is being punished today and we are sinking lower and lower. And I want to tell you one thing that may hurt: to a big extent you people are to blame because if you don’t raise your voices in protest constantly against this wildness and wickedness then you are sharing the blame. Thousands of letters should go out protesting this. There should be big protests! The American public is crazy if they don’t do something!
But it is all a sign of a puraniyos. Hakodosh Boruch Hu is sending puraniyos on the country. When such insane verdicts can be handed down, it means it is an encouragement for every adventurer to try to put a bullet in the President’s head.
TAPE # 415 (July 1982)