James Brady, former White House press secretary, gun control advocate, dies at 73
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
, former for the presidential administration and advocate for , died yesterday at age 73 in an , retirement community. The family released a statement saying, "We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim 'Bear' Brady has passed away after a series of health issues". Brady was a few weeks shy of his 74th birthday.
Brady was serving as President Reagan's press secretary when he was the most seriously wounded out of four, in a assassination attempt on Reagan byon March 30, 1981. Brady was shot in the head by a hollow-point bullet damaging his right frontal lobe. Dr. Arthur Kobrine, a , operated on Brady to save his life. Brady survived but was left with brain damage, slurred speech, short-term memory loss, and partial paralysis which required use of a .
Following the assassination attempt, Brady and his wifejoined with The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and Handgun Control, Inc., two organizations lobbying for gun control. The organizations were later renamed in honor of Brady, as Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the respectively. The organizations lobbied for the , a law passed in 1993 which requires federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States.
Brady never again held press conferences after the assassination attempt; nevertheless, he officially remained press secretary throughout the entire Reagan administration, till 1989. In 2000, the
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