(FOX NEWS) – A Brooklyn music venue announced that they are canceling a scheduled performance by John Hinkley Jr., claiming that having the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan perform was not worth the potential risk to the community posed by those offended by the event.
In a lengthy social media post, the Market Hotel explained that they scheduled the concert because they felt it would be an "interesting" and "memorable" show. The New York City establishment made clear that they disagree with the idea that they should not be able to hold such an event, and made the decision after weighing the pros and cons.
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"Hosting provocative happenings for its own sake is valid, and should be part of any venue’s reason to exist," the Market Hotel said in a statement posted to Instagram, adding that Hinckley’s performance "sends a message that mental health issues and a criminal past can be recovered from and atoned for[.]"